Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Make it: Greek Spanakopita

This is one of the most traditional Greek recipes. Made and loved by many not only in Greece but around the world. What is it? It's a spanakopita, a spinach filled pie type of dish made with fyllo pastry. It's a bit messy to make, not one of my easiest or quickest recipes but if you enjoy spinach you should give it a go because it is always a winner. 


(for 6)

1 kg fresh spinach
6 (small) spring onions
250 gr feta cheese 
handful of pine nuts
Salt, pepper to taste
1 packet of filo pastry (you will find it in most supermarkets (you need about 6 layers)
Olive oil


Preheat oven to 180C. 
First step here is to prepare your spinach mix. If your spinach isn't all ready and washed, make you you wash it thoroughly and dry it. 

Place in a large bowl and chop it thinly, I find that the easier is to do it with a pair of cooking scissors. It needs to be cut into tiny little pieces, you don't want big leaves of spinach in your pie when you eat it.
Prepare your pine nuts, in a pan over medium heat cook them for 2-3 minutes in olive oil. Remove from heat and add them to the spinach. Crumble the feta cheese and add it too. 

Slice the white bit of your spring onions and add it too. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix all well so everything is well combined. 

Prepare your oven proof dish and oil it slightly. Open your filo pastry on a clean surface. Lay 3 sheets of filo in your dish/pan. Between each sheet purr some olive oil, fold in the filo sheets on top of the mixture.  Place the other three sheets of the filo on top covering the mixture. You can either crumble the filo that is outside the pan or cut it and tuck the little that remains inside the pie. 

Place in the oven and bake until cooked through for about 1 hour. 

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