Going up the country continued…

In Recipes on January 23, 2011 at 6:28 am

With the leaves I got from my parents’ garden I made a spanakopita.  I have been making this Greek spinach and cheese pie for more years than I care to remember.  The recipe has pretty much remained the same.

Flaky layers of filo



500 g spinach leaves, or any other young leafy greens you may have, washed.

150 g feta cheese (crumbled)

100 g ricotta cheese

1/4 cup hard goat’s cheese (grated) or 1 tbs freshly grated Parmesan

1 free range egg

1/2 a small nutmeg (freshly grated)

1/4 tsp all spice

2 tbs chopped fresh mint

1/2 bunch spring onions (green part only, finely shredded)

freshly ground black pepper (no salt because the feta is quite salty, you could add a little to taste)

filo pastry (the one from the chiller cabinet is easier to work with than the frozen one)


Roughly chop the spinach or greens.  Blanch in boiling water for 1 minute or until just wilted.  Drain in a colander and pour over cold water to stop the cooking process.  Squeeze the spinach with your hands over a colander.  When you have squeezed out most of the moisture, place in a large bowl.  Add the cheeses, spices, mint, spring onions and the egg. Mix thoroughly.

Spread your filo pastry on large bench.  Cover with a damp tea towel.  Melt 150g butter.  Grease the inside of a large baking dish with some of the butter.  Layer sheets of pastry, spreading butter with a pastry brush between each layer.  Leave some overhang as this folds in nicely later.  In the middle layer doubled over sheets of pastry, buttering between each layer.  Fold in the outer edges.  Brush with plenty of melted butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional).

Bake on the second to top shelf in a 220C oven for 15 mins, turn and bake for a further 15 mins.  Reduce heat to 180C and cook for a further 20-30 mins, checking occasionally to make sure the pastry is not burning.  Rest for 10 mins before serving.

Crispy and golden

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