Spanakopita Recipe (Greek Spinach Pies)
About a week ago, I picked up some baby organic spinach with the intention of making some spinach salads during the week. I didn’t get around to doing it, and the spinach was no longer salad worthy. I decided to make some spanakopita. This spanakopita recipe is made with delicate filo dough filled with a mixture of spinach and feta cheese. These Greek spinach pies are perfect for appetizers, or make them larger for a vegetarian main course item.
Spanakopitas (Greek Spinach Pies)
- 1 package filo dough
- 1 package baby spinach leaves (enough for 2 cups cooked down)
- Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
- Olive oil
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 tablespoons butter, divided use
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 1 clove garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic shallot puree
- 1/4 cup cream cheese
- 1/4 cup parmesan, shredded
- 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- Turn burner on medium high heat and preheat your saute pan. Add olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter. Stir and melt butter. Add minced onion. Cook it down a couple minutes. Stir in garlic.
- Rinse spinach, then add to pan. The water left on the spinach will help wilt and steam the spinach. Cover and reduce heat to medium as it melts.
- Put another burner on medium high with smaller saute pan. Toast pine nuts. After a couple minutes, they should start to brown.
- After the spinach wilts down, strain it in a colander and press out excess water.
- Make the filling: In a food processor, blend the sauteed spinach (you should have roughly 2 cups), egg and pine nuts. Pulse until blended. Add cream cheese, feta and parmesan. Pulse again. Season with a pinch of salt and fresh cracked pepper. Transfer filling to a small bowl.
- Layer three sheets of filo dough on a cutting board. Cut lengthwise down the middle, and then horizontally two times, creating six squares.
- Brush each square of dough with melted butter on edges. Place a tablespoon of filling in each square and fold into a triangle. Crimp edges, turn over and brush top with more melted butter.
- Bake on parchment paper at 350 F for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Recipe by Jason Hill / CookingSessions.com
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