How to Make Spanakopita: Greek Spinach & Feta Cheese pie

Spinach & feta cheese pie is a staple meal in Greece. If you have not tried Spanakopita before, then you will be in for a real treat! So what exactly is Spanakopita? Spanakopita is a tasty Greek pie that is made of crispy layers of phyllo dough and a generous filling of spinach and feta cheese. Spanakopita can be enjoyed as a side dish for large dinners, accompanied by lemon chicken or lamb. However, it can easily be enjoyed on its own as a main dish. If you are looking to pair it with a side dish, you can serve it with a portion of Greek salad.

We have created an easy-to-follow recipe to make your very own homemade spanakopita. We suggest making spanakopita the evening before by following the recipe up to step 9, then cover with clingfilm and place in the refrigerator. When you are ready to proceed to the next steps, go ahead continue through the remaining steps.

Keep reading below to follow our recipe.

 

Ingredients

For the Spinach and Feta Filling

  • 16 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained
  • 2 bunches flat-leaf parsley, stems trimmed, finely chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 10.5 oz quality feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tsp dried dill weed
  • Freshly-ground black pepper

For the Crust

  • 1 16 oz package fillo dough (4 pastry sheets), properly thawed
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2.  Wash the spinach and squeeze out any excess liquid by hand.
  3. Add the spinach and the remaining filling ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until all is well combined.
  4. Unroll the fillo sheets and place them between two slightly damp kitchen cloths.
  5. Prepare a 9 ½” X 13″ baking dish and brush the bottom and sides of the dish with olive oil.
  6. Line the baking dish with two sheets of fillo letting them cover the sides of the dish. Brush with olive oil. Add two more sheets in the same manner, and brush them with olive oil. Repeat until two-thirds of the fillo is used up.
  7. Now, evenly spread the spinach and feta filling over the fillo crust. Top with two more sheets, and brush with olive oil.
  8. Continue to layer the fillo sheets, two at a time, brushing with olive oil, until you have used up all the sheets. Brush the top layer with olive oil, and sprinkle with just a few drops of water.
  9. Fold the flaps or excess from the sides, you can crumble them a little. Brush the folded sides well with olive oil. Cut Spanakopita only partway through into squares, or leave the cutting to later.
  10. Bake in the 325 degrees F heated oven for 1 hour, or until the fillo crust is crisp and golden brown. Remove from the oven. Finish cutting into squares and serve. Enjoy!

 

Give it a go today and let us know how you get on.

You can always find our pre-made spanakopita here from our online shop

 

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