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Recipe: How To Make Spanakopita


how to make spankopita


Ingredients:

For the filling:

  1. 1kg (about 2.2 lbs) fresh spinach, washed and drained

  2. 200g (about 7 ounces) feta cheese, crumbled

  3. 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  4. 2 spring onions (scallions), finely chopped

  5. 2 eggs, beaten

  6. A handful of fresh dill, chopped

  7. A pinch of grated nutmeg

  8. Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the pastry:

  1. 300g (about 10.5 ounces) filo pastry sheets

  2. 200g (about 7 ounces) unsalted butter, melted

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and lightly grease a baking dish.

  2. Prepare the spinach: If you're using fresh spinach, blanch it in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, then drain well and squeeze out as much water as possible. If you're using frozen spinach, thaw it and squeeze out the water.

  3. Prepare the filling: In a large bowl, combine the spinach, feta cheese, onions, spring onions, beaten eggs, dill, and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper. Mix until well combined.

  4. Layer the filo pastry: Lay one sheet of filo pastry in the greased baking dish, allowing the edges to hang over the side. Brush it generously with melted butter. Repeat with half of the filo sheets, brushing each one with butter.

  5. Add the filling: Spread the spinach and cheese mixture evenly over the layered filo pastry.

  6. Finish layering the filo pastry: Layer the remaining filo sheets over the filling, brushing each one with butter. Fold over the overhanging edges to seal the filling inside.

  7. Bake the spanakopita: Brush the top of the pastry with more melted butter, then bake in the preheated oven for about 40-50 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and crispy.

  8. Rest and serve: Allow the spanakopita to rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting it into squares and serving.

Enjoy your homemade Greek Spanakopita! This is a versatile dish that can be served as a main course, a side dish, or a snack. It's also a great choice for vegetarians.

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