Greek Spanakopita


Greek Spanakopita

PREP TIME: 1 h 15min

SERVES: 6-8

DIFFICULTY
3/5

Spanakopita, or spinach pie, is a Greek classic: sweet, earthy leaves and salty cheese encased in layer of shatteringly crisp pastry, it’s as good for breakfast as it is for lunch or dinner. If you are running low on spinach you can use whatever quick-cooking leaves you have available. Also, the most crucial ingredient is a handful of different herbs that will set this dish apart form any pie you have ever made.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped dill

  • 1 tsp lemon zest

  • 1 cup crumbled feta

  • Pinch of nutmeg (optional)

  • 10 filo sheets, thawed if frozen

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) melted butter

Method

  1. Make filling: Preheat oven to 375° and line two medium baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a clean kitchen towel, squeeze all excess moisture out of spinach. Transfer to a large bowl. 

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and green onions and cook until softened, 5 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes if using, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer mixture to bowl with spinach.

  3. Add dill, lemon zest, feta, and nutmeg to bowl with spinach and stir until all ingredients are evenly mixed and season again with salt and pepper, if needed.

  4. Remove filo pastry from refrigerator and cover with a lightly damp kitchen towel. Take 1 phyllo sheet and place on a clean surface. Brush all over with melted butter, then top with another sheet of filo. Brush second sheet of filo all over with butter, then slice into 6 long, evenly sized strips

  5. Assemble spanakopita: Place a tablespoon of spinach mixture on the corner nearest you on one strip of phyllo. Fold corner over mixture to make a triangle, then continue folding (like a flag) until phyllo strip is completely folded over spinach mixture. Repeat until all filling and all phyllo is used.

  6. Place all folded triangles seam side down on prepared baking sheets and brush with butter. Bake until golden and crisp, 20 to 23 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

Buon Appetito!

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