Spanakopita

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Spanakopita is a well-loved, traditional Greek dish. It is the Greek version of a spinach and cheese pie. Delicious when served either hot or cold, spanakopita is a dish for all occasions.

There is no single recipe for spanakopita because different families modify their recipe to suit their own tastes. Some like thicker bases, while others prefer more cheese. It is really up to you.

After years of  helping my grandmother, aunts, cousins and family friends make spanakopita, I have created my own recipe. My family love it and I’m sure yours will too!

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup of olive oil
  • 2 ½ cups of plain flour
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ an onion finely chopped
  • 1 bunch of silver beet
  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 250g of ricotta
  • 500g of feta cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • Dill
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oregano

Method

  1. Combine olive oil, plain flour and water in a bowl.
  2. Use a rolling pin to flatten pastry.
  3. Place pastry in a tin lined with baking paper.
  4. Finely chop spinach and silver beet and place in a separate bowl.
  5. Add chopped onion.
  6. Use your hands to crush the feta and ricotta into the bowl.
  7. Mix eggs into the bowl.
  8. Add pepper, salt, dill and oregano to taste.
  9. Pour the mixture into the tin lined with pastry.
  10. Place a layer of pastry over filling and seal at the corners.
  11. Make a couple of small incisions in the top layer of pastry.
  12. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown.
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