Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie) Recipe

Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie) Recipe


Preparation Time:

1 hour 30 minutes

Servings:

15

Ingredients

 Pastry
1 lbphyllo pastry
1/2 cupextra virgin olve oil
 Filling
1/4 cupolive oil
2 lbspinach, cleaned, tough stems removed
6spring onion, cleaned, sliced in 1/4" lengths
1leek, sliced in 1/4" lengths
1 mediumred onion, finely chopped
3/4 lbfeta cheese, crumbled
3eggs, beaten
1 clovegarlic, minced
salt
pepper

Preparation

  1. Heat 4 tbsp oil in large saucepan. Add garlic, onions and leek. Sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add spinach and sauté until leaves are wilted and liquid has cooked off, about 8 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat and let cool slightly. Finely chop spinach and place in large bowl.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle. Lightly oil a 12" metal baking pan.
  5. Add feta cheese to spinach, lightly salt and pepper to taste. Pour eggs over and mix all the ingredients well.
  6. Open phyllo pastry and place on flat work surface. Cover with a clean damp kitchen towel. Continue to cover stack as you remove each sheet.
  7. Layer half the phyllo in the pan, brushing each sheet generously with olive oil, allowing edges to hang over the sides.
  8. Put spinach mixture in and press the top down gently to smooth filling. Tuck in pastry draping over edges.
  9. Repeat layering with remaining phyllo, continuing to oil each layer.
  10. Using a sharp knife, score the upper layers (do not cut through to the bottom) into the pieces you will want to serve once it is ready.
  11. Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown.
  12. Let cool and serve.

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