Easy Spanokopita



I've always loved spanokopita, but until I found this easy spanokopita recipe, I thought that it was just something to order in Greek restaurants. I had no idea that I could easily make it myself!

easy spanokopita



This Greek dinner recipe will impress your guests. Everyone to whom I have served this has loved it!

Be sure to thaw the phyllo pastry ahead of time!




Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • olive oil

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • eggs
    • feta cheese
    • butter
    • phyllo pastry

Buy these fresh ingredients

  • green onions
  • spinach

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a skillet
    • a cutting board and sharp knife
    • a large bowl
    • a small bowl
    • a baking pan (9 x 13"/23 x 33 cm)
    • a silicone brush

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a whisk for beating the eggs
    • pastry shears





    The recipe

    1 tsp/5 mL olive oil

    8 green onions, chopped

    1 lb/500 g spinach (about 2 bunches)

    5 eggs, beaten

    1 lb/500 g feta cheese, crumbled

    1/2 cup/125 mL olive oil

    2 Tbsp/30 mL melted butter

    12 phyllo sheets

    Preheat oven to 350F/180C.Get out a 9 x 13" (23 x 33 cm) baking pan.

    In a skillet, heat the olive oil.
    Add the green onions. Sauté them until tender.

    Meanwhile, wash, stem and chop the spinach.
    Put it in a large bowl.

    Add the sauteéd onions to the bowl.

    Add the eggs and feta to the bowl.
    Stir to combine.

    In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and the melted butter.

    Brush the bottom and sides of the baking pan with the oil/butter mixture.

    Lay a piece of phyllo pastry in the pan.
    Brush it with the oil/butter.
    Add another piece of phyllo, and brush it with oil/butter.
    Repeat until you have laid 6 pieces of phyllo.

    Spread the spinach mixture over top.

    Layer 6 more pieces of phyllo over the spinach, brushing each sheet with the oil/butter, as before.

    Bake for 45-60 minutes, until golden brown.
    Cut into squares.




    Substitutions

    • Use minced onion in place of the green onions.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • I wonder how this easy spanokopita recipe would work using Swiss chard in place of the spinach? Or kale, or another dark leafy green?

    Tips

    • You'll find phyllo pastry in the freezer section of the grocery store.

    • I prefer using a glass baking pan for this recipe. Cleanup is easiest with glass rather than metal.

    • I use pastry shears to cut the phyllo sheets so that they'll fit nicely in the pan. A clean pair of kitchen scissors would work, too.

    • You'll probably have some leftover phyllo pastry. Put it back in the fridge and use it within a couple of days to make Apple-Maple Phyllo Tarts.





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    If you enjoy this easy spanokopita recipe, you may also like these other vegetarian recipes:

    • Twice-Baked Potatoes
    • Tofu-Feta Pie

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