Spanakopita – Greek Spinach & Feta Pie
How to make Spanakopita – Greek Spinach & Feta pie
(A 35×25 deep baking dish works best)
600g fresh spinach
400g feta cheese
1 large onion
1 bunch of spring onion
Small bunch dill
Small bunch parsley
1 tablespoon long grain rice
Salt and pepper
1 pack of Filo pastry
2 tablespoons water
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees.
Wash and dry (using kitchen towel) the spinach very well.
Chop into small pieces and place in a large bowl.
Finely chop the onion and spring onion.
Place a pan over medium heat, add three tablespoons of olive oil. Now add the onion and spring onion. Cook for 5/10 minutes until the onion mixture is soft and translucent. Remove from the heat so the mixture cools down a little.
In the bowl with the spinach, add the egg, salt (¼ teaspoon, as the feta is salty already), a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. Add the rice. Crumble the feta and using a wooden spoon, mix everything together.
Add the onion and spring onion mixture, the dill and parsley. Mix everything so all the ingredients combine well together.
Brush your baking dish, with one tablespoon of olive oil and add one sheet of filo (with the ends hanging over one side of the dish), brush the filo with a little olive oil. Add another sheet of filo (with the ends hanging over the other side of the side of the dish). Brush with olive oil.
Add 2 more sheets of filo (brushing in between with olive oil), this time to fit nicely to the bottom of the dish.
Add your spinach mixture and distribute evenly to cover the whole dish.
Bring the edges that hang over the dish together and brush with olive oil. Add another filo sheet to cover the whole dish. Brush with olive oil and add the final filo sheet again to cover the whole dish nicely. Make sure you ‘tuck in’ the edges so they are neat and tidy.
Using a knife, score the pie to form square or diamond shapes.
Be careful not to cut all the way through the pie, just the top layers.
Drizzle with the water and bake in the oven for 30/40 minutes until all brown at the top.