Bonus recipe: Spanokopita (Greek spinach pie)

Here’s a recipe from Kelly Q. that did not make it into the cookbook, sadly. It’s one of her favorites, and one she freely shares with friends and family, so it definitely needed to be included. I’m so sorry about that, Kelly, and here it is for all of you to enjoy.

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Spanokopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

Ingredients-

1# fresh spinach

16 oz. feta cheese (I like to use the Meditteran Herb type)

5 eggs or 12 oz egg substitute

3-4 scallions

3 Tbsp chopped Garlic

4T + 3/4 c. Olive Oil, divided

1/2 stick butter

1 box frozen Phyllo Dough

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Chop spinach in food processor and place in large bowl. Heat olive oil in skillet and saute the chopped green onions until tender. Add onions to spinach bowl. Beat eggs in a separate dish and then add to spinach mixture. Stir in the crumbled feta cheese. Combine 3/4 c. olive oil and melted butter in small dish, and then brush thin layer in 9×13 pan. Place 6 phyllo sheets in pan, brushing with oil mixture between sheets. Spread spinach mixture on phyllo dough. Layer 6 phyllo sheets over spinach mixture, brushing each sheet with oil. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into squares. 

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3 responses

  1. Thanks for posting this Julie! It is a favorite of ours!
    A few hints for making this come together quicker. I do all of the stuffing: spinach, eggs, feta cheese, scallions in my Cuisinart or vitamix. I love some to add feta with Mediterranean spices. Sometimes I make stuffing ahead of time- you can freeze if you don’t have time to put it all together that day.
    Then, I do the phyllo dough all at once. I melt 1/2 stick butter and add olive oil. I leave the phyllo dough out for 30 minutes, unwrap and then work quickly (it dries out fast). I unwrap it on a big cutting board, then fold it in half. I think of it like a book and turn each page, from bottom of the “book” up, doing half a page at a time. This is a great recipe to get your budding young artists to help with… my 5 yr old loves to “paint the pages”- I delicately fold next page over for her! Plus, when they help, they are more likely to eat it!

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