Spanakopita Recipe

Spanakopita is the universal snack in Greece, bought at bakeries and snack shops everywhere. These pies are often eaten on the run on the way to work or to stem mid-morning hunger before lunch, which is usually taken late in most parts of the country.

Summary

Preparation Time1 Hr 0 MinCooking Time40 Min
Ready In1 Hr 40 MinDifficulty LevelVery Easy
Health IndexHealthy++Servings4
CuisineCourse
MethodMain Ingredient
Interest Group

Ingredients

 Frozen spinach10 Ounce
 Onion1 Large, chopped
 Green onions1 Bunch (100 gm), chopped
 Garlic2 Clove (10 gm), minced
 Chopped fresh parsley1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Eggs4
 Crumbled feta cheese1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Phyllo sheets20
 Olive oil1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Butter3 Tablespoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 699 Calories from Fat 338

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 38 g58.5%

Saturated Fat 14.9 g74.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 269 mg

Sodium 984.7 mg41%

Total Carbohydrates 73 g24.4%

Dietary Fiber 6.4 g25.8%

Sugars 8.2 g

Protein 24 g47%

Vitamin A 212.5% Vitamin C 53%

Calcium 39.1% Iron 35.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Directions

Preparation:
1-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a square baking pan.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onions, green onions and garlic, until soft and lightly browned. Stir in spinach and parsley, and continue to saute until spinach is limp, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
2-In a medium bowl, mix together eggs and feta. Stir in spinach mixture. Lay 6 phyllo sheets in prepared baking pan, and brush lightly with the melted butter. Lay another 6 phyllo sheets on top, brush with melted butter, and repeat process with 6 more phyllo sheets. The sheets will overlap the pan. Spread spinach and cheese mixture into pan and fold overhanging dough over filling. Brush with melted butter, then layer remaining phyllo sheets, brushing each with melted butter. Tuck overhanging dough into pan to seal filling.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden brown. Test by inserting a table knife to the center. If it comes out relatively clean, your spanakopita is done. Don’t let this go beyond golden brown.
Cut into squares and serve while hot.
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