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Vărzar cu dragavei
(Curly Dock Pie)

This is my aunt's recipe, an adaptation of a Transylvanian dish made usually with mountain spinach (Atriplex hortensis) or green onion. Here the filling is made with curly dock (Rumex crispus) -- a plant used mostly in Oltenian dishes --, and a touch of dill. In the spring the same dish is made with a combo of curly dock, green onion, and dill; in wintertime greenhouse spinach and dill are used.

Ingredients for the dough:
- 600 g/20 oz flour
- 100 g/3 oz lard or margarine
- 25 g/1 oz yeast
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp salt
- water

Ingredients for the filling:
- 600 g/20 oz curly dock
- 50 g/2 oz dill
- 400g/14 oz telemea cheese
- 2 eggs

1. We started by picking the curly dock...

2. Then we set about making the dough. In the image you can see the lard used.

3. Add all the ingredients for the dough. (Add the yeast after you have dissolved it first in a cup of lukewarm water.) Knead well with a fork, and add water if needed. When it stops sticking to the bowl, it's done.

4. Chop the curly dock as shown.

5. Chop the dill, and add grated cheese to the mix. Then add 2 eggs, and mix well with a spoon.

>6. Cut the dough in half, spread some flour on the work surface, and roll one half of the dough into a sheet. Place the sheet into the greased pan; add the curly dock mix, spreading it evenly.
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