Greek Spinach Pie Recipe

Summary

Preparation Time15 MinCooking Time15 Min
Ready In30 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexAverageServings6
CuisineCourse
MethodDish
SpecialityVegetarian
Main Ingredient

Ingredients

 Phyllo pastry1⁄2 Pound (Usually Available In 1-Pound Packages)
 Spinach1 1⁄2 Pound, stems removed, washed and dried (1 Very Large Bunch Or 2 Small To Medium Ones)
 Yellow onion1⁄2 , finely chopped
 Green onions2 , finely chopped
 Light olive oil1 Tablespoon
 Chopped fresh dill/2 teaspoons dried dill1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Chopped fresh mint2 Tablespoon (10 To 12 Leaves)
 Ground cumin1⁄2 Teaspoon (Preferably Freshly Ground)
 Nutmeg1 Pinch (Preferably Freshly Grated)
 Eggs2
 Feta cheese1⁄4 Pound, crumbled
 Cottage cheese1⁄4 Pound
 Grated kasseri/Romano cheese2 Ounce (Approximately 1 /2 Cup)
 Freshly ground black pepper1⁄4 Teaspoon
 Unsalted butter6 Tablespoon, melted

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 389 Calories from Fat 216

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 24 g37.1%

Saturated Fat 12.5 g62.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 127.2 mg

Sodium 631.7 mg26.3%

Total Carbohydrates 31 g10.4%

Dietary Fiber 4 g16.1%

Sugars 2.9 g

Protein 16 g32.1%

Vitamin A 233.4% Vitamin C 59.4%

Calcium 36.9% Iron 28.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Directions

GETTING READY
1) Thaw phyllo overnight in the refrigerator if frozen.
2) Take out phyllo from wrapping and lay out the stack of sheets. If it is a 1 -pound package, half them widthwise.
3) Cover the portion for cooking with a plastic wrap and damp kitchen towel.
4) Tightly wrap remaining sheets in plastic wrap.
5) Place in refrigerator and store fot at least a week.
6) Chop the spinach leaves finely.
7) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

MAKING
8) In a large pan heat olive oil over medium heat fry yellow onion and green onions in it for 5 minutes.
9) Mix the spinach, dill, mint, cumin and nutmeg and stir till the spinach is soft and the liquid has dried.
10) Keep aside to cool.
11) Lightly beat eggs in a large bowl.
12) To it add feta, cottage and kasseri cheeses, spinach mixture, and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
13) Grease a 9-by-13-inch rectangular baking dish with melted butter.
14) Lay a sheet of phyllo in the bottom of the dish. Let the edges come up on the sides of the dish. Brush melted butter on it.
15) Follow same process to layer half of the sheets brushing each time with butter.
16) Place filling evenly on top.
17) Fold edges of phyllo dough over the filling.
18) Layer the remaining phyllo sheets brushing each layer with butter. End the top layer with butter.
19) Tuck the edges down along the sides of the dish.
20) Score pie top with a knife into squares or diamonds.
21) Don't slice through the bottom layer.
22) Bake for 1 hour till the pie is crisp.
23) Take off from oven and cool.
24) Put aluminum foil on the top and pack in cooler.

SERVING
25) Serve from baking dish. Alternatively, pack in a single layer in a portable container.
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