Friday, 14 September 2012

Spinach Pie (Spanakopita)



Being that I am from the Mediterranean and this is something we eat on a weekly basis, I decided to share my recipe for a delicious spinach pie. I know many people love using puff pastry, but back home you mostly find this wrapped in filo pastry. Sooo, here it goes...

Serves 2

Ingredients:

- 250g fresh spinach, stocks removed and roughly chopped
- 100g feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 onion, finely chopped
- 6 filo (phyllo) pastry sheets, defrosted and kept under a moist towel
- 3tbs olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste

Process:

- Preheat your oven to 190 C degrees.
- In a medium size saucepan bring water to a boil, put the spinach in, cover it and let it go for 2min. This will soften the spinach and make it more enjoyable.
- Drain the spinach, rinse it under cold water and press it so you take all the moisture out.
- In a bowl mix the spinach with the cheese crumbles, onion, salt and pepper.
- Take a casserole dish, brush the bottom with olive oil and start layering the filo sheets at a different angle, brushing each one with olive oil. Make sure half of the sheet is in the dish and the other half is out.
- Spoon the spinach mixture in the dish and once it's all in, take the filo parts that hang out of the dish and fold them on top of the mixture brushing each one with olive oil, as well. When the last piece of filo pastry is in, brush the whole pie with olive oil.
- Bake the pie for 30-35min and enjoy!