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Butternut Spanakopita

I love, love, love this recipe.  And it's so much easier than making actual spanakopita.


1 butternut squash (try to find a fairly straight one)
1/4 cup Olive Oil of your choice (I used Dill)
2 tablespoons Traditional B
alsamic Vinegar
1 small leek trimmed and chopped
1 red onion coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove chopped
½ pound fresh baby spinach washed and spun dry
2 tablespoons fresh snipped dill
2/3 cup crumbled Greek feta
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of nutmeg
2 teaspoons toasted pumpkin seeds (I used pine nuts)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Cut the hard stem off the butternut squash and cut the squash in half lengthwise.  Using a spoon, scoop out and discard the seeds.

Brush the flesh side of the squash with olive oil and one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Bake, covered, until the squash is soft and the skin somewhat charred, about 45 minutes to an hour.  Remove and cool slightly.

In the meantime, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and sauté the leeks and onion for about 15 minutes.  Add the remaining tablespoon of balsamic, and continue cooking until lightly caramelized.  Stir in the garlic then add the spinach, in batches if necessary, and toss all together until the spinach wilts and there is no liquid left in the frying pan.  Stir in the dill.  Season to taste with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.  Stir in the feta.  

Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees.  Fill the butternut squash with the spinach mixture and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds or pine nuts.  Cover and place back in the oven.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and serve.