Spanakopita! A few months ago I visited a couple of different Greek restaurants where I had my first taste of the delicious flaky spinach and cheese pies called spanakopita. I love cheese and spinach so I had to learn how to make this at home. As always I researched my bake and put together what I think is the easiest and tastiest recipe. Don’t forget to keep reading to my tips, tricks, and a few don’ts that I did.
- 5 sheets of filo cut into 3 strip
- 1 package of frozen spinach squeezed and drained
- 4 ounces of feta cheese
- 1 tablespoon of flour
- 1/2 yellow onion chopped
- 2 tablespoons of fresh dill
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 3/4 melted butter
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat oil in skillet on medium heat.
Slowly stir in onions and cook until softened.
Mix in flour, spinach and dill. Cook for 10 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Mix in feta and eggs.
Lay filo flat and brush strips with melted butter.
Add 1 tsp of mixture onto fillo strip and fold into triangles.
Place filo triangle onto baking sheet and brush top with butter.
Repeat the above 3 steps steps for the remaining filo strips.
Bake triangles for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
Tips and Tricks and a Few Don’ts that I did
Be sure to cut a few extra strips of Filo. This type of dough is SUPER fragile. Be prepared to lose a few strips along the way.
After defrosting, draining, and squeezing your spinach it may seem like you won’t have enough for the bake. Don’t worry, that tiny ball of leafy goodness is plenty for this recipe.
Don’t forget to let your spinach and onion mixture cool before adding the eggs or you’ll risk getting an egg scramble.
I added the onion and dill for a little extra flavor in my pies, but you can leave them out or add more if you’d like.
Use damp paper towels to keep your filo moist in between folds.
Fold your filo strips like paper footballs. They won’t all be perfect and that’s okay. Keep folding and you’ll end up with the deliciousness in the picture below.
As always, don’t forget to ENJOY!