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Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

I have been wanting to try making spanakopita ever since I started exploring Greek cuisine. Spanakopita is a Greek pastry filled with spinach and cheese. I had been putting off making it because I had not worked with phyllo dough and it sounded a bit intimidating. Since I had now used phyllo dough to make baklava there were no more excuses to stop me from making the spanakotiropita.

The spanakopita turned out to be really easy to make. The filling is as simple as blanching the spinach and mixing all of the ingredients. The hardest part was working with the phyllo dough and once you get the hang of it, it is pretty easy as well. The phyllo dough needed to be thawed in the fridge over night. I set up a working area where I could stack the unused phyllo dough, brush the phyllo sheet that I was currently working on and then easily place it into the baking pan. With everything set up ahead of time working with the phyllo dough was pretty easy and the spanakopita came together in no time.

I decided to go with a pretty simple recipe sticking to the basics of spinach, feta and dill. The spanakopita was so amazingly good!! Spinach, feta and dill has to be one my favorites flavour combinations! The crust was nice and light and flaky and golden brown and crunchy and good. The Spinach filling was moist and super tasty! I made the crust thick enough that I could pick up the slice and eat it without having to cut it with an knife and fork. The leftovers still tasted great right out of the fridge but the crust was no longer crispy. I can't wait to make this again!

Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

A Greek style spinach and feta pie wrapped in light and flaky golden brown phyllo dough. The abundance of fresh herbs including dill as what truly makes this pie special.


Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds spinach, steamed, squeezed, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup dill, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 12 sheets phyllo dough
Directions
  1. Mix the spinach, feta, dill, parsley, green onions, eggs, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Brush the bottom of an 8x8 inch baking pan with olive oil.
  3. Brush the top of a sheet of phyllo dough with olive oil and place it in the pan. (You may have to cut the phyllo dough to fit the pan.) Repeat until you have 6 layers.
  4. Place the spinach mixture on top of the phyllo dough.
  5. Brush the top of a sheet of phyllo dough with olive oil and place it on the spinach. Repeat until you have 6 layers.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until golden brown on top, about 30-50 minutes.


Similar Recipes:
Spinach and Feta Quesadillas Spinach Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich Spinach and Feta Lasagna (aka Spanakopita Lasagna)
Savoury Pumpkin Pie (Kolokithopita) Kolokithopita (Greek Zucchini Pie) Agginaropita (Greek Artichoke Pie)

Spinach and Feta Chicken Burgers (aka Spanakopita Burgers) with Grilled Halloumi, Roasted Red Peppers and a Spinach and Feta Sauce

Take a look at Peter's great Spanakopita post for instructions for making the phyllo dough.

Use leftover phyllo dough in:
Mushroom and Feta Phyllo Pie
Kolokithopita (Greek Zucchini Pie)
Agginaropita (Greek Artichoke Pie)
Mushroom and Goat Cheese Strudel with Balsamic Syrup
Tomato Tart
Baklava
Apple and Cheddar Quiche
Galaktoboureko (Greek Custard Pie)
Chicken and Date Pastilla
Asparagus and Walnut Phyllo Pie (aka Asparagus Baklava) with Avgolemono Sauce
Roasted Pumpkin Quiche with Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola and Sage
Strawberry Goat Cheese Banitsa
Lamb Exohiko (Lamb, Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Phyllo Parcels)
Fiddlehead and Gruyere Tart

91 comments:

Lina said...

wow Kevin, that looks great! I love greek food but I've never had Spanakopia before. Your baklava looked great too. Now Im really craving some!

VeggieGirl said...

spanakopita = my all-time favorite Greek dish!!! I've always been intimidated by working with phyllo dough; but if you said it was easy to make, then maybe I have a chance at succeeding in making it! :0)

Elly said...

A perfect recipe if I do say so myself! :)

diva said...

yum! popeye would've been proud! x

Gretchen Noelle said...

Very nice! I wish we had phyllo dough here. I need to make the Peruvian version of this!

redforever said...

The trick to using phyllo is to not let it dry out while you work with it. If you do, the sheets will not separate and they will break too.

So, after you remove one sheet and while you are basting it with the oil, cover the rest of the phyllo with a damp tea towel. Simply wet the tea towel, wring out as much water as possible and just lay it over the unused phyllo as you work with the individual sheets.

HoneyB said...

Yum!

I thought of you last night when making my fish for dinner because I used dill...and you had recently talked about using dill in your mushroom soup the next time you make it!

SteamyKitchen said...

love that you make every type of cuisine!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Kevin, That does look amazingly good! Love it!!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

saw this recently on "My Greek Kitchen"...yours look as good as the one on tv! fedex it over pls :)

Katerina said...

This is my all time favorite as well. Yours looks really really good.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Looks good, these are great made into smaller 2-bite rolls and triangles for parties.

Helene said...

You did really well. The more I visit, the more I'm amazed.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

A lovely slice of Spanakopia that is...
Ps. I also took the shortcut version and bought Phyllo. I will leave the phyllo making to Peter...

Jan said...

Ooooh now that looks great!
I will have to have a go at this, it looks so yummy.

RecipeGirl said...

This is one of my fave Greek dishes to make. We often do those little filo triangles with basically the same filling in them too.

Beautiful picture!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Great job, Kevin! It looks really beautiful.

Homecooked said...

This looks really great! I have never eaten Spanakopia before.Your pic is inspiring me to try some at my local Greek restaurant :)

Grace said...

now you're talking--spanakopita is an absolute favorite of mine! so it's easy to make, eh? i'll be the judge of that! :)

Peter M said...

Bravo Kevin, although you used ready to use phyllo, the result is outstanding. I differ with your filling but that's a matter of taste.

You've made Spanakopita better than some Greeks...Gold Star for you my friend.

Manggy said...

I've never had spanakopita but I've always wanted to try one since Bobby Flay had one in a cooking show :) Nice job!

Lori said...

Well done Kevin! I'm craving Greek food now. :)

tigerfish said...

Would like to try this Greek Spinach Pie for once. Never had it before.

MARICHELLE said...

looks great Kevin! I've never had much luck with Phyllo dough. Even if I keep damp paper towels over them - I always seem to tear the sheets :)

Kalyn said...

I love this dish. Anything with spinach and feta has to taste wonderful, if you ask me!

noble pig said...

Nice, I've always wanted to attempt these. I've gotten over my phyllo fears so I need to just do it.

Patsyk said...

I love spanokopita! Yours looks fantastic. One of these days I may try to make it, but my neighbor is Greek so I may just make them make it for me! LOL!

Tarah said...

Interesting. I've never tried this before.

I think I'd really like it since I love spinach.

I love how you make so may different cuisines. Reading your blog really helps be experience different kinds of foods :]

Looks really tasty. I'll be trying this very soon :]

Elle said...

This is one of my favorite foods ever! I've made it a few times, and I adore the addition of dill in it. It really brightens the flavors. And you're right--it is easy to make. The hardest part is the phyllo, which is a pain in the you know what, hehe.

Cakespy said...

One of my absolute favorites!! Great job!!

Deborah said...

I admire how you are not intimidated to try anything!

Lisa said...

Kevin, I'm quite impressed! I love spanakopita but have not make my own. I'm still nervous when it comes to phyllo, as my first experience was very frustrating. I must get over that and try this. I'm positively staving now!

Andrea said...

I love Spanakopita. My grandfather, who was Greek, taught my mother how to make and she makes the best Spanakopita ever. I'll have to try your recipe to see how it compares.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

That looks excellent! Your recent baklava post got me working with phyllo dough, too. Definitely fun stuff to work with. Very nice work on this one

Pam said...

oh my, look at all that lovely crust!

Indigo said...

I've wanted to try making spanakopita for ages - I love filo pastry! This looks gorgeous.

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Gawd that looks good. I love feta, and I love filo pastry...and spinach is pretty good too lol. Good on you for conquering the fear!

N. & J. said...

I love the taste of phylo dough- so light and flaky and since we have some leftover from our tomato tart we will have to give this a try. Although I imagine if I wait until the spinach in my garden is ready to harvest it will be even better.

cakewardrobe said...

That looks wonderfully crispy and creamy!

Holler said...

I love this too Kevin! What a good job you made of it :) I want a slice right now!

Ginny said...

Kevin! Again you are killing me! I had a boring omelet for dinner and then I look at this with envy...wonderful! :)

Rosie said...

This is very stunning Kevin!! I have never tried spanakopita but looks like I really should asap now after viewing your tempting dish :)

Rosie x

Bellini Valli said...

We have eaten this ever since was my daugfhter was 2 years old. One of our family favourites:D

Pixie said...

Your spankakopita looks perfect- a job well done!

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Kevin :)
Thank you for your entry, that is a second time I see spankopita in my life, I must try to make one some day... looks delicious.
Margot

Jaime said...

i love spanakopita!

cook eat FRET said...

i was reading down all your new posts - you are one helluva prolific food blogger, i gotta say - and although it all looked great - this one caught my eye... i MUST make this!

Marija said...

Spanakopita! Yummy!

Indonesia-Eats said...

Kevi, can I have some? :)

Pam said...

Wow Kevin, it seems the spanakopita fairy is touching a few shoulders this week. I have the ingredients in the fridge ready for dinner tonight, and my recipe is exactly the same as yours. I can only dream that it turns out as well as yours looks.

adventuresinshaw said...

I have some goat cheese I want to use while it's still good. Do you think substituting goat cheese for the feta would be tasty?

Janulka said...

Hello Kevin, as I live in Rhodes island, Greece - you did your spanakopita just right. Just to let you know: most of the women do their own phyllo dough. If you need any greek recipe from the source, let me know (I can ask my mother-in-law she is the best as for the recipes and dishes!)...

Aniko said...

Oh, I really like those savoury cakes! Especially the ones with lots of cheese and spinach :)

lemon said...

Hi... Kevin and spanakopita Funs..
I can saw you more details to make your own Filo an spanakopita.
If you are intresting
[url]"http://hungryforhungry.blogspot.com/2008/02/blog-post_14.html[/url]
and let me know if I can help you more!!
Kisses from Greece the Land of Spanakopita!:o)

Christina said...

You are truly inspiring! I've been more daring and adventurous with my cooking lately. Thanks!

VW said...

Thanks for the recipe. I made it on Sunday and it came out perfect!

http://food4wibowo.blogspot.com/2009/08/spanakopita.html

IRENE said...

Spanakopita is one of my chef d' oeuvre dishes. So glad you like making it, too!

restaurantgroupie said...

Oh wow I can't wait to make this - I have recently come back from Greece and you have reminded me of this gorgeous pastry!

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Blair said...

Made this the other night and loved it! Pretty easy, too. Took a short cut and used two boxes of frozen chopped spinach. Used the leftovers in scrambled eggs (pulled off the phyllo)- it was delicious!

Marnie said...

My daughter takes spanakopita in her lunch two or three times a week, so I make it all the time. For added flavour, consider adding a container of ricotta cheese, and some pitted chopped kalamata olives to the filling.

Jake said...

Made this for new Year's Eve and it was a huge hit!
Thanks!

Ryan - disgustingly GOOD said...

So I made this last night and all I have to say is bravo! I altered it to half the spinach, partly because it's all I had and partly because I like my spanakopita less spinach-y anyway. Very nice, thanks for bringing the Greek festival right into our kitchen Kevin. (cue applause)

TaraTakesTheCake said...

looks delicious, i am about to make this recipe right now! was your 2 pounds spinach 2 pounds before or after you sauteed and drained it?

Kevin said...

TaraTakesTheCake: I find that the equivalent amount of fresh spinach usually cooks down to about the same amount of spinach that you get frozen. (The frozen spinach contains a lot of water that is included in its weight.) I usually use 3 10 ounce bags of fresh spinach or 3 10 ounce packages of frozen spinach.

Las Vegas car accident lawyer said...

Impressive dish. Will save this recipe for the future.

yogamary said...

I found this recipe while doing a search online. I can't wait to make it tonight!

Anonymous said...

hey
Thanks a lot for sharing your skills. Tried the pie yesterday it came out so well and we are loving every bit of it. Will keep following your blog from now on.... thanks again!!

Cooking for Diabetes said...

Oh wow! I love spanakopita! I have been hesitating to give this a try as the phyllo dough seems difficult. What's a good brand for a ready to use phyllo dough?

Kevin said...

Cooking for Diabetes: I do not have much choice in the selection of the phyllo dough here. I pretty much get the only brand available, which is called Jonathan T. and it has worked out pretty well every time that I have used it.

Ari said...

I've always been intimidated at the thought of making spanikopita... however, this looks too delicious to pass up!

Laura (Recetas Trucos y Tips) said...

wow! that looks really delicious

:) very good!

carole said...

Hi, Kevin!
what a lovely spanakotiropitta recipe and pic!
just thought i'd mention that it's easier to brush oil on pan, lay phyllo sheet in pan, brush it w/oil, etc.
it must be very hard to transfer your already-oiled sheet to pan, and some brands will split more easily w/added weight of oil.
LOVE reading your explorations!
thanks for the blog.
carole

Samantha said...

I had never had Spanakopita but after reading your post it seemed so delicious and simple to make. This was definitely one of the best meals I had had in a while, and so simple to make! You can see what mine turned out like here http://flavorator.blogspot.com/2010/08/all-things-green.html

- Sam

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how many servings are in this recipe?

Kevin said...

Anonymous: This recipe makes 4 light meal sized servings or 8 appetizer sized serving.

Amy said...

we make spanakopita and tyropita regularly and reheat the leftovers on a pizza stone in the oven. the stone absorbs the excess moisture, so the phyllo crisps back up again. enjoy!

Sarah said...

That looks amazing. All your pictures are lovely. If you don't mind me asking, what type of camera do you use?

Kevin said...

Sarah: These days I am using a Canon 7D but this photo was taken back when I was still using the Canon PowerShot SD870.

Nik Nik said...

I love making and eating spanakopita, and always add a little nutmeg to mine. Makes a nice addition to the flavor pool, but then I don't usually have dill on hand.
Yours looks great!

Chari said...

Hi Kevin, just to let you know I follow your blog from some time ago, but I never got the chance to let you know. I'm living in Uk, Newcastle Upon Tyne and my husband is greek, so, there you go, that's my interest for greek food. I always have a double check in you blog when I'm cooking.. like now, I wanted to be sure about the Spanakopita. Thanks a lot for your time explaining all the recipes in such of nice, easy way to follow! Thanks a lot!!!

Las Vegas Workers Compensation Attorneys said...

I had never heard of this dish until now, but it looks delicious! I am a big fan of Greek food, I am going to bookmark this recipe so I can come back later and try making it for the family tonight. Thanks!

Melinda Helbock said...

That looks delicious! I just started cooking classes and am finally learning to make these kind of meals for my family, I love it. I am going to try this recipe this weekend and see how it turns out! I love Greek food, and have never tried Spanakopita before. Looking forward to it! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone and Happy Thanksgiving. I found this great recipie online. Planning on making it today as a side dish to incorporate it with my Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, My Greatgrandfather is from Greece so Ill tell my children the story tonight over the Spanakopita.

Kristina @ ReMadeSimple said...

Oh my this looks amazingly delicious.

Stuster said...

Fantastic spinach pie and very easy to make! Very ''spinachy', rather than cheesy, creamy and salty like some other spanakopita I've had. I squirted some lemon on top which kicked up the flavors even more. I plan to add a little lemon to the mixture next time. Thanks!

anne said...

I have been making this for years thank you I always come back to it. great and very easy

Anonymous said...

I have made this a number of times now. This recipe is delicious and very easy. Thank you so much for posting!

Anonymous said...

I have been making spanakopita for years as well as other recipes using phyllo. SECRET # 1 Do not be afraid of the phylo! It is just dough but thinner. Layer it, play with it, cut it, and overlap it. Phyllo will not break, ruin, or spoil. Keep it moist and DON'T BE AFRAID OF IT. You'll be a user for life!

Anonymous said...

i've seem to half ass the recipe!! didn't sweat the onions nor the spinach nor layer the dough with butter......well i hope i comes out well for the christmas party. For the filling: I added portobello mushrooms, garlic, and italian seasoning with lemon along with the onions and spinach. For cheese, since i love cheese, i added parmesan, feta, and italian 6 cheeses from sargento. Also store brought phyllo dough. Got it at the local store.

stephen said...

Try using an OYSTER ROCKEFLLER STUFFING. Use traditional spinach, oysters, shallots, parm reg, mozerella, lemon juice.. OM FRKNG G!!!! ... ;-)~, ENJOY!!!! CIAO...

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