Spanakopita is a traditional Greek dish made with spinach filling and flaky phyllo pastry. It’s a delicious and nutritious appetizer or main dish that can be enjoyed any time of the year. In this article, we will guide you through the process of making Spanakopita at home, from preparing the filling to baking the pastry.
Step 1: Prepare the Filling
The key to making great Spanakopita is the filling. To prepare the filling, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 kg fresh spinach, washed and chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
- 250g feta cheese, crumbled
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until soft and fragrant. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the herbs, feta cheese, eggs, salt, and pepper.
Step 2: Prepare the Phyllo Pastry
Phyllo pastry is a delicate and thin pastry that is commonly used in Greek cuisine. To prepare the phyllo pastry, you will need the following ingredients:
- 500g phyllo pastry sheets
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup melted butter
Preheat your oven to 180°C. Brush a baking dish with olive oil.
Lay one sheet of phyllo pastry on the bottom of the baking dish, brush it with olive oil, and lay another sheet on top. Repeat this process until you have used half of the pastry sheets.
Spread the filling over the pastry, leaving a small border around the edges. Repeat the layering process with the remaining phyllo pastry sheets, brushing each sheet with olive oil and melted butter.
Step 3: Bake the Spanakopita
Brush the top of the Spanakopita with a mixture of olive oil and melted butter. Using a sharp knife, score the top of the pastry into diamonds or squares.
Bake the Spanakopita in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and crisp.
Step 4: Serve and Enjoy!
Once the Spanakopita is cooked, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing it into portions. You can serve the Spanakopita with a Greek salad or tzatziki sauce.