Greek Spinach and Feta Pie (Spanakopita)

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Another winner!! Made this today because I HAD to – LOL. I only had a large container of baby spinach from Costco, so my prep was a little longer and I was able to add some diced onions in the saute. But I did make a trip to the local Mediterranean market for fresh herbs – love fresh dill – and their feta; they also had pine nuts which I toasted and added to the top with the sesame seeds. Really liked the free-form shape and the ending look and presentation. IT WAS DELICIOUS – I don’t want to share. Took me back to my travels in Greece. Thank you for posting a recipe with so much flavor and eye appeal!

INGREDIENTS


  • 16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano, chopped
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch kosher salt and black pepper
  • 12-18 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ยบ F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the spinach, eggs, olive oil, feta, parmesan, basil, dill, oregano, lemon zest, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. 
  3. Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough on the prepared baking sheet and brush the phyllo with melted butter. Repeat, layering 2 more times, placing the sheets of dough over top each other. Now brush another sheet of dough with butter and place perpendicular to the bottom layer, creating an X. Repeat this layer 2 more times. Brush another sheet of dough with butter and place slightly off center of the x. Repeat this layer 2 more times. Simplistically, you are using 9 sheets of phyllo dough, 3 layers, in 3 different directions, kind of like a star.
  4. Take the spinach filling and spoon it onto the center of your phyllo dough star, leaving about 2 inches of edge space. Bring the edges of the dough up and over the spinach.
  5. Brush the remaining 3 sheet of phyllo dough with butter and layer over top of the spinach, crinkling them slightly to fit. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the dough. 
  6. Transfer to the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, until phyllo is golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Source of  Greek Spinach and Feta Pie (Spanakopita) Recipe @ halfbakedharvest.com


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