Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)
This is an authentic, really rich pie stuffed with spinach, onions, cheeses and herbs that are all enfolded by crispy, flaky phyllo dough.
There's a Greek diner near my house, and every now and then, I'm lucky enough to go in when they have Spanakopita on the specials board (it's not on the menu). My boyfriend hates spinach, but I was so hungry for Spanakopita, I decided that I didn't care and made this recipe anyway. It would have been worth it for me if this had tasted nearly as good as what I get at the diner. It didn't even come close. The filling wasn't as good and the dough was much too thin. I'm not sure what would make the filling better, but I'd definitely double up on the dough on top and bottom if I made it again. I'm rating this on my own taste alone, not my boyfriend's, as I knew he wouldn't like it to begin with. I'll look for a different recipe next time.
What a hit! Even the spinach-haters loved this and had seconds! I used a few layers of pastry in the centre to break up the filling a bit. The greek food lovers said this was a nice addition to the thick spinach filling. Will make this one again!
This was a great recipe that I have used over and over again! MY kids love it! I add more feta and triple the garlic so there is more flavor. My mother used to make this all the time and she gave me a great hint...Pre cut it BEFORE you bake it for the phyllo won't crack and break nearly as much...just be gentle in the cutting for the phyllo is slippery! Oh, and fresh parley is a must, do not used dried. Wonderful served with Greek salad and pita bread with hummus! Thanks, Silverwolf!
Not very good - too much spinach, not enough cheese mixture or phyllo dough. I'll stick to the commercial made stuff - thanks for sharing :)
I used the filling in a pizza crust individual size calzone style and served with Mariana sauce on the side to dip into. Yummy!
Recipe turned out very well. Although the feta is salty, I did not put any added salt in the filling. I felt that the addition of salt would have enhanced the dish.