I love Spanakopita (spinach pie). Any time I go to a Greek restaurant I have to order it. I was having some friends over recently and was making finger foods and I thought how hard could it be to make Spanakopita? I found this recipe on www.allrecipes.com. Of course I made some changes...I added garlic, butter and fresh dill.
Here is what you'll need:
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 6 cloves of minced garlic
- 2 packages of frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
- 2 tbsp flour
- 8 ounces fresh feta cheese
- 4 eggs
- 1 package of phyllo dough
- 4 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- spray oil
In a fry pan heat 2 tbsp butter and 2 tbsp olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and saute until translucent (about 3 minutes).
Add the drained spinach. Saute the spinach with the onion's and garlic until all mixed together. I had to break up the spinach since when I was straining out the water it clumped together. Add the dill and salt and pepper.
Now transfer to medium size bowl. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Once cool add the feta cheese, if you got a block of cheese you will have to break up the feta as you add it to the spinach. Now beat the 4 eggs and mix them into the spinach and feta. Once mixed add the 2 tbsp of flour to thicken the spinach mixture.
Now for the fun part!
Take two pieces of the phyllo dough .
Lay down one piece and spray with spray oil. Now add the second piece of phyllo and spray again. Now with a pizza cutter cut the phyllo dough into thirds.
Now take a generous amount of the spinach stuffing (about 1 1/2 tbsp) and place it on the phyllo dough.
Now fold the phyllo over the spinach in a triangular shape.
Continue to fold in triangles.
Now do that until all the mixture is gone.
Melt the remaining two tbsp butter and with a pastry brush, brush each triangle with some butter.
Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 15 - 20 minutes.