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Earth Eats: Spanakopita or Greek Spinach Pie for #MeatlessMonday

by Spicie Foodie on June 2, 2014

Earth Eats: Spanakopita or Greek Spinach Pie Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #Greekfood #spanakopita #spinachpie #spinach #feta #pie

Hello and welcome to another instalment of the Earth Eats series. Today we are traveling to Greece for a taste of Mediterranean cuisine; And since it is Monday we are going to be cooking a Greek meatless meal.

Earth Eats: Spanakopita or Greek Spinach Pie Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #Greekfood #spanakopita #spinachpie #spinach #feta

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The cuisine of Greece is wonderful and I’ve never had a dish I didn’t like. Its use of fresh fruits, vegetables, olive oil, wine, seafood, lamb, olives, cheese, nuts, honey and yogurt make it among the healthiest foods in the world. Even if you aren’t the most adventures eater, I can almost guarantee that you’ve tasted Greek food. Foods and drinks like tzatziki, Mezés, gyros, pita, souvlaki, dolmathakia or stuffed grape leaves, Avgolemono or egg-lemon soup, feta cheese, baklava, Metaxa, and Ouzo are among the most popular. Another two very popular dishes from Greece are moussaka, often considered their national dish, and spanakopita. Moussaka is one of my husband’s favourite meals and I’ll share that recipe another time, today we’re talking spanakopita.

Earth Eats: Spanakopita or Greek Spinach Pie Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #Greekfood #spanakopita #spinachpie #spinach #feta #pie

Spanakopita is a savoury pastry made using phyllo, spinach, onions, scallions, eggs and feta cheese. It can be baked in a large dish or shaped into small individual portions. Different recipes call for additional or a variation of ingredients, sometimes even tofu may be used for a vegan version. Additionally when phyllo dough is not available it may be replaced with pastry dough — as was the case for me.

Earth Eats: Spanakopita or Greek Spinach Pie Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #Greekfood #spanakopita #spinachpie #spinach #feta #pie

As you can see the ingredients list is relatively small and though it takes a bit of time to prepare, it is very much worth every second of preparation and waiting. This is such a super easy recipe that even the novice cook can get it right on the first try. And the taste…it will blow your tastebuds away! From the first time I prepared it, it quickly became one of our favourite meals that went into our dinner rotations. This spinach pie is savoury, flaky, and bursting with amazing creamy flavours. You can serve it warm or cold –it tastes even better the next day.

Earth Eats: Spanakopita or Greek Spinach Pie Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #Greekfood #spanakopita #spinachpie #spinach #feta #pie

Okay, let’s get cooking!

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Earth Eats: Spanakopita or Greek Spinach Pie
 
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A delectable spinach pie from Greece that is easy to prepare and you're whole family will love. This meatless meal is perfect for #MeatlessMondays
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Recipe type: lunch, dinner, meatless meal, meatless monday, vegetarian
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 800 gm or 1.75 lbs frozen chopped spinach- defrosted *
  • 3 green onions (100gm or 3.5 oz), finely chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion (100gm or 3.5 oz), finely chopped
  • 5 cloves or garlic, minced
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • small handful chopped fresh parsley
  • 200gm or 7 oz feta cheese
  • 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat or GF oat flour
  • 2 large sheets of puff pastry**
  • 1 egg lightly beaten for egg wash
Baking dish:
  • I like to use a rectangle 9x7 baking dish but you bay use a round one too.
Instructions
  1. Strain and squeeze out all of the water from defrosted spinach, set aside. Preheat the oven to 175C or 350F, and line the baking dish with one sheet of puff pastry then set aside.
  2. Heat the oil, once warm saute the yellow and green onions until soft and translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook until soft, then remove from heat. Mix the drained and defrosted spinach into the onions, sprinkle in the ground black pepper, then add the crumbled feta cheese. Taste to see if salt is needed -- feta can be salty so you may not need to add anymore salt. Next mix in the two lightly beaten eggs, then pour the mixture into the baking dish. If the bottom layer of puff pastry overlapped the dish, folded in now and brush with egg wash. Place the remaining sheet of puff pastry over the filled baking dish, and pinch the bottom and top layers of pastry to form a seal. Brush with egg wash, place in center of oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and crispy.
  3. Allow to cool before serving. This dish may be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator and either served cold, at room temperature or reheated.
Notes
*You can use fresh spinach but you'll have to cook it first then strain or cook off all the liquid --and allow to cool before mixing in with eggs. I always use frozen-defrosted spinach.


**I always use two large sheets of puff pastry, just make sure what you purchase is large enough for a rectangle 9x7 baking dish. Alternatively you may use phyllo dough.

 

Earth Eats: Spanakopita or Greek Spinach Pie Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #Greekfood #spanakopita #spinachpie #spinach #feta #pie

You seriously must make this scrumptious pie and see just how fantastic it tastes. You’ll love the flaky crust and the creamy spinach. You’ll taste the onion, spinach, and salty feta, the flavours combine so well and nothing over powers each other. This very filling meal is perfect for Meatless Monday or any other day of the week when you want to skip the meat.

Earth Eats: Spanakopita or Greek Spinach Pie Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #Greekfood #spanakopita #spinachpie #spinach #feta #pie

Have a great week and go on and bake yourself some spanakopita!

 
 

P.S.
Make sure to check out these blogs for more tasty Greek recipes: Souvlaki For The Soul, Lemon and Olives, Little Cooking Tips, Kalofagas and My Little Expat Kitchen.

For previous instalments of Earth Eats for more delicious world recipes. If you’re looking for meatless meals check out the Meatless archives.

Below are some very interesting Greek cookery books, in case you’re interested!;)

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa June 2, 2014 at 7:27 AM

This is one of my favorite dishes. Your spanakopita looks really mouthwatering!

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Spicie Foodie June 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Glad to hear it Rosa, and thank you!:)

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3 Yelena June 2, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Looks so good, Nancy, you have no idea how I would love to have a slice-))) Very scrumptious looking dish!!

Hugs,

Yelena

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4 Spicie Foodie June 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I wish I could share a big slice with you Yelena. Thank you & hugs back:)

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5 Catherine June 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

I love spinach pie and yours look excellent. Greek food is so very healthy. Blessings, Catherine

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6 Spicie Foodie June 2, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Thank you, Catherine! Agreed and so there’s no excuse not to eat it more often.;)

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7 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

I love sanakopita, yours looks mouthwatering!

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8 Spicie Foodie June 2, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Thanks Laura!:)

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9 Jamie June 2, 2014 at 7:45 PM

That looks delicious!!! Spanakopita is one of my favorite Greek dishes so this looks heavenly to me!!

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10 Spicie Foodie June 2, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Thanks so much Jamie!:)

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11 Angie@Angie's Recipes June 3, 2014 at 6:33 AM

This looks DIVINE! Might trick my husband to eat some spinach this way. Thanks for sharing, Nancy.

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12 Spicie Foodie June 4, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Thank you Angie! I think this pie would be a great way of getting more spinach into those that don’t care for it too much.:)

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13 Bill June 4, 2014 at 7:35 AM

We traveled to Greece several years ago and I agree that the fresh ingredients are so delightful. The food was one of my favorite things about that trip. Great spinach pie recipe, Nancy! Love the photos as well!

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14 Spicie Foodie June 4, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Hi Bill! How lucky for you to have traveled to Greece and taste authentic Greek food. Thanks so much.

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15 John@Kitchen Riffs June 4, 2014 at 12:29 PM

I’ve eaten Spanakopita loads of times, but never made it. I really should — it’s easy, and your recipe is wonderful. Really nice — thanks.

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16 Juliana June 4, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Nancy this spinach pie looks delicious packed with spinach and feta cheese…thanks for the recipe.
Enjoy the rest of your week :D

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17 House in Tillford June 4, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Yumm I love Greek food- funnily enough we couldn’t find spanakopita in Greece. We were told to try it while over there but didn’t luck out!

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18 Katerina June 5, 2014 at 2:15 AM

You made one fine spanakopita! I also love the fact that you stuck with the original, true recipe!

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19 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz June 5, 2014 at 3:17 PM

That spanakopita looks like it is overflowing with spinach, looks awesome. I am a huge moussaka fan!

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20 grace June 6, 2014 at 1:23 PM

i love spanikopita! i’ve never seen a version packed with so much spinach–marvelous!

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21 Ramona June 8, 2014 at 7:34 PM

I just did some spanakopita triangles today… I would love to try this too. :)

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22 mjskit June 9, 2014 at 9:19 PM

That’s got to be the most beautiful Spanakopita I’ve ever seen! I love spanakopita but have never ventured into making one. This is a very inspiring post. Thanks Nancy!

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