Dalmascan Crown

Ashe and Rasler“You may rightly wear your crown, and declare the restoration of the Kingdom of Dalmasca. As Queen, you can call for peace between the Empire and Dalmasca.”

—Larsa Ferrinas Solidor, FFXII

This stuffed pastry has an elegant appearance, well suited for a holiday dish, although the denizens of Lowtown give it a cruder name.

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced (about 1½ cups)
  • 1 16-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup walnut pieces (about 2 ounces)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup crumbled feta (about 3 ounces)
  • 1 lb. pastry dough in two sheets, each about 9″ x 9″
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a large heavy skillet. Sauté onions for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, squeeze excess liquid from the spinach. Add spinach and salt to skillet. Stir well and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until all liquid has evaporated. Scoop into a large bowl and let cool.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a baking sheet, toast walnuts for 3 minutes, stirring once or twice. Remove and set aside to cool.

Whisk egg until combined and stir into spinach mixture. Add walnuts and feta and mix until combined.

Set out the sheets of pastry dough onto wax paper. Cut each sheet in half and lay out the four pieces of dough end-to-end to make one long strip of dough. Press the ends of the dough together.

Melt the butter and brush over the surface of the dough, saving about half the butter for later use. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Spread spinach mixture in a narrow line down the middle of the dough.

Spray the baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Starting from one end of the dough strip, overlap the edges together, working down the strip of dough to create a tube. Seal the ends. Roll into a spiral shape and transfer to the baking sheet.

Brush remaining butter over the top of the dough spiral. Bake until golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, cut into 8 wedges.

Per serving: 537 calories, 39.8 g. fat, 18.4 g. saturated fat, 10.1 g. poly. fat, 6.7 g. mono. fat, 112.8 mg. cholesterol, 709.8 mg. sodium, 239.4 mg. potassium, 34.9 g. carbohydrates, 2.9 g. fiber, 11.3 g. protein, vitamin A 94%, calcium 17%, vitamin C 7%, iron 9%