Spanakopita is made with spinach, feta cheese, and phyllo pastry, which is known for its delicate and flaky texture. The spinach filling is typically seasoned with herbs and spices such as dill, mint, and nutmeg, giving it a flavorful and aromatic taste. The feta cheese adds a creamy and salty element that complements the spinach perfectly.
- Preparation time: 30 minutes
- Cooking time: 45 minutes
- Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- 1 lb frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 package phyllo pastry sheets
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
In a large bowl, mix together the spinach, onion, garlic, parsley, dill, mint, olive oil, breadcrumbs, feta cheese, eggs, salt, and pepper.
Take the phyllo pastry sheets out of the package and cut them into the size of your baking dish.
Brush the bottom and sides of the baking dish with olive oil.
Layer the phyllo pastry sheets, brushing each layer with olive oil, until you have used half of the sheets.
Spread the spinach filling evenly over the pastry sheets.
Continue layering the remaining phyllo pastry sheets, brushing each layer with olive oil.
Brush the top layer with olive oil.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the phyllo pastry is golden brown.
Let cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
One serving of Spanakopita (1/8 of the pie) contains approximately:
- Calories: 324
- Total Fat: 23g
- Saturated Fat: 5g
- Cholesterol: 57mg
- Sodium: 474mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 22g
- Dietary Fiber: 3g
- Sugars: 2g
- Protein: 8g
This recipe for Spanakopita is easy to follow and produces a delicious and authentic dish that is sure to impress your guests. With its combination of fresh herbs and savory cheese, it is the perfect appetizer or main course for any occasion.