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Wherever you go in Greece, a lovely warm slice of freshly made spinach and feta pie is never far away. I miss it a lot, but luckily this spinach and feta filo pie is really easy to make at home with just a roll of ready made filo pastry and a few more ingredients.
It’s quite embarrassing how many spinach and feta recipes there are on this blog (see my other Greek recipes here!); but I’m not going to apologise for adding one more!
Go to any Greek bakery, or Greek party, and you’d be shocked if there wasn’t some kind of feta and spinach pie on offer.
In fact, there really aren’t many occasions when a big fresh piece of spinach and feta pie (called spanakopita in Greece) doesn’t do the job. It’s wonderful for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or even an after clubbing snack (I’m too old for all that now, but the Greeks do love their all-nighters followed by some typical Greek comfort food!).
Spinach and feta – a match made in heaven!
There are many variations on the theme, but to me the taste is always pretty much the same. The marriage of spinach and feta cheese is one made in heaven. Well, in Greece at least, which many would say is the next best thing to heaven!
Spinach and feta pie of any kind tastes amazing, and you’d think it was difficult to make, but really it couldn’t be easier. You must be bored of me constantly saying that everything is super easy, but for me this is an ultimate selling point!
This is especially easy if you make it this way – with ready-made filo pastry. You don’t have to make or roll it, pre-bake it, or even fit it neatly into a pie dish.
Ingredients for this ‘spanakopita’ made with filo pastry!
- filo pastry
- olive oil
But I also decided to add:
- salad onions
- sundried tomatoes
How to make the filling for your spinach feta pie
Bind all the filling ingredients together with a couple of eggs and you’re done – the filling is ready. How easy is that?
How to assemble your spinach and feta filo pie
Just layer 4 or 5 of the thin filo sheets into a loose-bottomed round baking tin, each overlapping onto the next and with the sides hanging over the edge. I’m not sure if this is a very good description, but don’t worry, it’s not rocket science, or even an exact science.
Just roughly layer the filo sheets, brushing oil over the pastry between each layer. Then pile in the filling and fold and scrunch the over-hanging pastry over the top.
Step 1: Drape sheets of filo pastry over a loose-bottomed baking pan, overlapping them over the sides.
Step 2: Tip in the filling.
Step 3: Scrunch the pastry that you left overhanging over the top.
Step 4: Brush the top with a final layer of olive oil and bake![/caption]
Bake for around 30 minutes, then slice and eat!
How to serve your lovely Greek cheese and spinach pie
In my opinion, this spinach and feta filo pie is one of the tastiest snacks or light lunches you could ever eat.
Can I make a spinach and feta pie ahead?
You can make this pie up to a couple of hours in advance, because it doesn’t need to be served piping hot. I wouldn’t advise making it much far ahead than this, though, because the pastry loses its crisp pretty quickly.
If you have leftovers, you can easily crisp the pastry up again in the oven (about 15 minutes at 180C/355F should do it).
Can I freeze a spinach feta pie?
Why not make a ‘spare’ pie and freeze it for another time? Simply assemble it as if you were cooking it immediately, but don’t brush over the top layer of pastry with oil. Wrap all around the baking pan tightly with plastic wrap and/or aluminium foil, and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
When you’re ready to cook your delicious spanakopita, brush a little olive oil over the top. Then cook from frozen, adding about 10 minutes on to the cooking time.
More delicious spinach and feta recipes
- These Greek quesadillas with tzatziki are one of my older posts, but still a firm family favourite!
- Having a party? Don’t miss these Greek filo parcels. They’re always so popular!
- This Greek mac and cheese bake takes just 30 minutes to make and has a lighter evaporated milk ‘cheat’s sauce’. No flour and roux sauce needed!
What baking pan do I use for this recipe?
I always use an 8″ loose-bottomed baking pan like this one for this Greek spinach and feta filo pie.
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Greek spinach and feta filo pie
- Pre-heat the oven to 355F / 180C.
- Pour a kettle of boiling water over the spinach in a colander to wilt it, then squeeze out as much of the water as you can with the back of a spoon (and your hands!). Chop the spinach and put into a bowl.
- Add the sundried tomatoes, salad onions, feta (crumbled), parsley, dill and eggs to the spinach and combine well.
- Now prepare the pastry. Lightly brush or spray an 8″ loose-bottomed baking pan with olive oil, then drape a sheet of filo pastry in the centre of it at an angle, with about half of it hanging over the edge. Repeat with the other 4 sheets of pastry, rotating the pan as you go so that the whole of the bottom of the pan and the sides are covered with pastry. Brush lightly with olive oil between each layer.
- Tip the filling into the centre of the pan, on top of the pastry, then gather the overhanging pastry over the top of the pie, scrunching a little as you do. Brush a final layer of olive oil over the top.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crispy. Serve immediately with a simple salad, and tzatziki if you like.