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Spanakopita Greek Spinach and Feta Pie

Introduction & method

This pie is a great Greek holiday favourite. Very tasty and not hard to make.

Spanakopita Greek Spinach and Feta Pie Recipe

Prep


If you're using bulgur wheat, you'll need to pre-cook it - give it a rinse, pop in a pan with boiling water and simmer it for 30 minutes. Drain well. The spinach - avoid baby leaf spinach, use the grown-up stuff if you can find it. Put it in a colander with a generous sprinkling of salt to draw out the water. Otherwise defrosted frozen spinach is perfectly fine. Squeeze as much liquid as you can from the spinach. Peel and dice the red onion and gently sauté in oil for 5 minutes then turn off the heat and mix in the sliced spring onions. Allow to cool.

Make the Filling


Dice the cheese, finely chop the herbs and mix together with the onions, beaten eggs, lemon zest, a tablespoon of oil and the spinach. Season with black pepper - you probably won't need to add salt as the feta is very salty. Give it all a good squidge and set aside.

Assemble the Pie


Heat your oven to 180°C (356°F) for a fan/convection oven, 200°C (392°F) conventional, gas 5. Lightly grease a 23cm (9 inch) square roasting tin. Lay strips of filo pastry into the tin, brushing them with olive oil before laying on more filo. When you have used half of the pastry, spoon the filling in, then use the remaining filo to create a lid. Brush the top with beaten egg. Place in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes. Allow to cool somewhat before serving.

 

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Ingredients & Info


PASTRY
 250 grams filo pastry
 2 tbsp olive oil
 1 egg, beaten
FILLING
 900 grams spinach
 200 grams feta cheese
 1 red onion
 3 spring onions/scallionss
 50 grams bulgur wheat (optional)
 2 eggs
 a handful of dill
 a handful of mint
 1 lemon, zest of

UNITS:
Metric
US Customary/Imperial

Serves 9 
Prep time: 10 minutes.
Pastry resting time: 30 minutes.
Cooking time: 50 minutes.
Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes.