Recipe For Spanakopita | Spinach Pie

I don’t cook a lot of Greek food and I don’t have any recipe books that are dedicated to Greek food, but even so, I was quite excited to see something new for this months’ Daring Cooks challenge. I have only ever eaten spanakopita cooked in triangle shaped phyllo pastry parcels and I was looking forward to creating my own spinach filled parcels. However, I was a bit put off by the mandatory Items: Prepare spanakopita in the traditional method that is use uncooked chopped spinach, chopped fresh onions (at least two types), fresh herbs, a small amount of feta cheese with breadcrumbs (or similar) to keep the phyllo pastry shell dry during baking. Dave and I do not eat raw onions and usually before I use onions in any recipe, I sauté them off until nice and soft. I was really worried that the onions would not cook. There were some variations allowed: Any traditional recipe can be used so long as the filling is not cooked before baking the spanakopita and an ingredient (breadcrumbs or similar) is used to absorb the excess moisture given out by the filling during baking. I did not know where to start looking for a traditional recipe and I did not want to go out and buy a recipe book just for this one dish. Thankfully I paged through my copy of The World Encyclopaedia of Cheese that my friend Cindy gave to me and found a recipe for spanakopita in it. I was quite impressed with the fact that it was a one dish meal and I adapted it to suit the mandatory items list. The onions cooked off perfectly and the taste was amazing. Dave and I ate the entire spinach pie over two meals and even reheating it resulted in a great dish. I would serve this spanakopita as a side dish with some fish, or as a meat free meal any day of the week.

Spanakopita | Spinach Pie
Spanakopita | Spinach Pie

Spanakopita | Spinach Pie
 
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Ingredients
  • 400g baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 150g feta, crumbled
  • 35g micro leaf herbs
  • 45mls bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 8 sheets phyllo pastry
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 190° Celsius
  2. Place the spinach, spring onions, shallots, feta, herbs and bread crumbs into a bowl and mix
  3. Add the eggs and mix in
  4. Season to taste
  5. Lightly brush an oven proof pie dish with some of the melted butter
  6. Layer on a sheet of phyllo pastry and lightly brush with some of the melted butter
  7. Repeat until you have used 4 sheets - offset each one so that the edges are at an angle to one another
  8. Place the spinach mix into the pie dish and flatten
  9. Top with a sheet of phyllo pastry and lightly brush it with some of the melted butter
  10. Repeat until you have used three sheets
  11. Turn in the edges of the phyllo pastry and lightly brush with some of the melted butter
  12. Lightly brush the last phyllo sheet with butter and scrunch up and place it on top
  13. Spray lightly with water and bake at the bottom half of the oven for 25 minutes
  14. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving
My Notes
Place a damp cloth over the phyllo pastry sheets you are not using to keep them supple

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Blog-checking lines: The February Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by Audax of Audax Artifex. The challenge brought us to Greece with a delicious, flaky spanakopita – a spinach pie in a phyllo pastry shell.

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35 thoughts on “Recipe For Spanakopita | Spinach Pie

  1. I worked at a Greek restaurant, where I often found myself eating way too many of these smothered in tzatziki. I just couldn’t stop myself 🙂 I am glad you posted this because I would have never thought to make them at home. Guess I have to now 🙂

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    1. The idea of tzatziki with this dish has me drooling – great idea! Thanks for the visit Kristan 🙂

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  2. And I find I have most of the ingredients to this stored already in my fridge! It is an omen. Clearly, this is what we are having for Sunday lunch 😀

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    1. I hope that you enjoyed it Kate 🙂

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  3. One of my favorite Greek dishes and yours looks quite delicious.

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    1. Thank you so much Karen 🙂

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  4. I’ve had this at my daughter’s house a couple of times. It’s so delicious. Maybe I should try making it myself. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

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    1. This is one of those recipes that can be adapted so easily AD 🙂

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  5. It looks beautiful – haven’t eaten or made this in a logn while…time to revisit it 🙂

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    1. So nice for when the weather is warmer!

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  6. LOVE Spanakopita- so delicious and eating it takes me back to my holidays and travels in Greece. Definitely going to give the recipe a go! 🙂
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    1. Please let me know how it worked out Jessica 🙂

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  7. I really like the effect of the pastry on top! It looks so good Tandy! 😀 And what a bonus that it’s a one pot dish too 😀
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    1. One pot dishes are my best over the weekends! Thank you for the compliment Lorraine 🙂

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  8. haven’t had spanakopita in a long time! yum!

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    1. Thank you Sarah & Arkadi 🙂

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  9. Oh nice job on the challenge and on making the onion thing work for you!!
    Kara sharing the blog ♥ Spanakopita PieMy Profile

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    1. I was well pleased with that!

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  10. I was also worried about not cooking the onions first. Luckily my husband and I both like raw onions and we loved the end flavour. I found there was still a touch of rawness to the ones in my spanakopita but maybe I didn’t massage them enough or maybe because it was a deeper pie. I’m glad you liked it in the end.

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    1. I am not sure how the massaging makes a difference, but I loved the dish!

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  11. Yum! I adore spinach pie- it definitely makes for a great meat-free dinner!
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    1. You are right Mary Frances, it is a great meat free meal 🙂

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  12. this is a favourite of mine, and I find it’s a recipe that can take variations – like cooking the spinach and making sure all the water is out of it before building the layers. Yours looks a treat

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    1. I would have thought that was the standard way to do it Claire 🙂

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  13. I’ve never made anything like this before. Your picture turned out just beautiful. Will have to try this. Thanks!
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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment Cheri 🙂

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  14. I love this recipe!

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    1. thank you Tammy 🙂

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  15. I love spinach pie! Your rendition of it looks awesome!

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    1. Thank you Joanne 🙂

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  16. What a great recipe Tandy. I just bought some spinach but don’t have any phyllo pastry – would have been nice to get into the kitchen to make this today.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    1. I think it would be OK with puff pastry as well – just not as many layers of course 😉

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  17. I have all the ingredients! I think I will make this for supper tonight xx

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    1. I am so glad you did xox

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