I served this at one of our Seders a few years ago. An elderly neighbor attended with a caretaker from Georgia. The caretaker, not Jewish, was thrilled to find a native dish on the table. From there she got into politics. She clearly loved Stalin and sighted him everywhere. But anyway Phali is a terrific and unusual appetizer. You can substitute chard or spinach.
Young Beet Leaves in Walnut Sauce. Adapted from Copeland Mark’s SEPHARDIC COOKING
1 pound young beet leaves and stems steamed for a half hour
1 cup shelled walnuts
1 tsp salt or to taste.
4 cloves garlic minced
1 or 2 jalapeño chili , seeded, to taste
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 medium onions, chopped fine, yield on cup
¼ cup fresh dill
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Cut the beet leaves and stems into ¼ slices. Process the walnuts, salt, garlic and chili into a paste.
Toss the beet leaves, coriander, onions, dill and vinegar. Mix well. Serve with a good crusty bread as an appetizer.