Greek Spinach Pie – Spanakopita

February 21, 2016

This delightful Greek spinach pie, called Spanakopita, is packed with spinach and feta cheese filling between flaky phyllo dough layers! |

Lately I am in love with Greek cuisine. I think it didn’t come as a surprise considering that it’s my third Greek recipe this month! My love affair with the cuisine of this sunny beautiful country started with this bright lemon rice soup called Avgolemono and continued with these fantastic looking Kataifi nut & honey pastry rolls. Now it was time to try one of the famous Greek pies. They have literally hundreds of them and there is one thing all of them have in common – phyllo or filo dough.

This delightful Greek spinach pie, called Spanakopita, is packed with spinach and feta cheese filling between flaky phyllo dough layers! |

After combing through my countless recipe books I’ve finally chosen the one I would really love to make – savory Greek Spinach Pie called Spanakopita. I’ve found it in one of my favorite books – Mediterranean Cookbook. If you are into Mediterranean cuisine, I highly recommend this one. It’s colorful, with great pictures and foolproof recipes. By the way, all Greek pie names end with “pita”, which means “pie”: Tiropita, Kreatopita, Galatopita and so forth. Spanakopita is not only filled with spinach, but also feta cheese and other greens. Feta is one of my favorite cheeses because of the distinct taste. Cover my eyes with a black cloth, wake me up in the middle of the night and I will still recognize it among hundreds. Seriously!

This delightful Greek spinach pie, called Spanakopita, is packed with spinach and feta cheese filling between flaky phyllo dough layers! |

As I have already mentioned, this spinach pie, as well as other Greek pies, is made with phyllo dough. If you are not familiar with it, it’s a thin unleavened dough popular in Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. It’s quite popular though, you have to be able to find it in your local supermarkets or specialized stores. Don’t get intimidated by the exotic name, it’s not difficult to work with. You just have to remember few things. First of all, thaw the frozen dough in the fridge overnight, bringing it to room temperature 30 minutes before using. Also, keep a damp towel over the dough when working with it to prevent it from drying out. That’s it! Now you are ready to conquer this fancy dough!

This delightful Greek spinach pie, called Spanakopita, is packed with spinach and feta cheese filling between flaky phyllo dough layers! |

This delicious Greek Spinach Pie can be served as an appetizer or even a light lunch. It is surprisingly filling, keeping in mind the lack of meat (vegetarians, you will love this). The end result is the delightful pie with the flaky and crispy phyllo layers and a creamy spinach and feta filling. What’s not to love about it? Greek cuisine once again gets an A-plus from me. Impressive!

Greek Spinach Pie - Spanakopita
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Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 8
For the filling:
  • 2 lb (900g) spinach
  • small bunch of dill
  • small bunch of flat-leaf parsley
  • 5-6 scallions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 oz (225g) feta cheese
  • ground black pepper
For the pastry:
  • ⅔ tablespoons (150g) butter, melted
  • 1 package (1lb or 450-500g) phyllo dough, thawed
  1. The filling. Shred the spinach, dill and parsley. Finely chop the garlic and scallions.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the scallions and garlic and cook, stirring continuously, until soft, for about 2-3 minutes. Add the spinach and herbs in batches and cook until wilted. Drain, remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat well. Crumble in the feta cheese and season with black pepper. Mix in the spinach and herbs.
  4. The pastry. Lightly butter a 9x13 inch (23x33cm) baking pan. Put the first sheet of phyllo dough inside and brush it with butter. Let the excess hang over the sides. Repeat until half of the dough is used up. Preheat the oven to 325ยฐF (160ยฐC).
  5. Spread the spinach and feta filling evenly over the layers of phyllo. Continue layering the remaining sheets brushing each one of them with butter. When all the dough is used up, fold over the excess pastry from the side. Brush the top with the remaining butter.
  6. Bake for about 1 hour or until golden brown. Enjoy!


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  • Reply Elaine @ Dishes Delish March 1, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    I love spanakopita!!! I’ve only made little ones. I can’t wait to make a big one!! Thanks for sharing!


    • Reply Igor March 1, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks, Elaine! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Ahu @ Ahu Eats March 5, 2016 at 12:49 am

    I ADORE feta too! I grew up eating it with bread and herbs for breakfast almost every day… kindof like a different version of this pie. Looks beautiful Igor! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Igor March 9, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks, Ahu! Yes, feta is so awesome. It is like no other cheeses! I especially love it in salads ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Rita April 1, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    I have always loved Spanakopita, and have had it at Greek restaurants and fairs. I don’t know why I never thought of making it for myself, especially if it is as easy to do as your recipe suggests! So…at my ripe old age, and in between doing Senior Citizen things, I am going to give this a try. One problem though, I dislike dill. May I just omit it, or substitute something else?

    • Reply Igor April 4, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      It is really easy to make, Rita. You won’t even break a sweat ๐Ÿ™‚ Talking about dill, yes, just omit it, you should be fine without it. Thanks for the comment!

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