Spanakopita

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About Spanakopita

Spanakopita is a traditional Greek dish made with phyllo dough, spinach, and feta cheese. The phyllo dough is layered with a filling made of spinach, feta cheese, and seasonings such as onion, dill, and nutmeg. The dish is typically baked in the oven and can be served as a main dish or a side dish. Spanakopita is often enjoyed as a snack or appetizer, and can be found at many Greek restaurants and bakeries.

 

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Spanakopita Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 packages of frozen spinach 10oz fresh spinach leaves

1/2 onion finely chopped

3 cloves minced garlic

1 handful chopped fresh parsley

1.5 handfulls of chopped fresh dill or 2 tblspns of dill weed spice

8 ounces feta cheese crumbled

1 egg lightly beaten

salt and pepper to taste

1 pound phyllo dough sheets thawed

1 cup butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees 
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the spinach to the pan and cook until wilted. 
  • Remove the spinach from the pan and let it cool. Wring out excess water. 
  • Wipe out the pan with a paper towel. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add onions, garlic, parsley, and dill, and cook on medium heat until the onions are translucent about 4 minutes.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl along with the chopped spinach, feta cheese, and egg. 
  • Unroll the phyllo dough onto a flat surface. Keep the phyllo covered with a damp towel when you’re not working with it.
  • Lay out one sheet of dough horizontally. Brush the melted butter over the dough.
  • Add a second layer of dough on top of the first, then brush the second layer with butter.
  • Place 2 tablespoons of filling on one end of the dough strip. Cut the dough into 3-inch wide strips between the filling. You should be able to get three triangles from each sheet of phyllo dough
  • Fold one corner of the dough over the filling to make a triangle shape.
  • Fold the strip of dough over itself the same way you’d fold a flag
  • Repeat the process
  • Arrange the triangles 1 inch apart on the sheet pans. Brush melted butter over the top 
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.
  • Enjoy