Spinach and Feta Filo Pie


Spinach and Feta Filo Pie (2)

I’ve loved spinach and feta filo pie (or Spanakopita as the Greek call it) ever since I first tried it. There’s something about the heady mixture of salty feta, fragrant nutmeg and crispy, light filo pastry which really appeals to me. It has all of the elements of a comforting pie, but feels light and guilt free (although, of course, there’s far too much butter and cheese involved for it to be really guilt free).

My love for this pie was hightened on our honeymoon in Kos, where I ate it for almost every meal (yes, that’s right, our hotel served it for breakfast! Yes, it was heaven), and cooking this meal now, in the depths of nasty, cold winter, takes me back to that beautiful, golden island under the beautiful, golden sun. Sigh!

Although we’re eating this as a main by itself, it would work perfectly well as part of a Greek mezze, perhaps as a side to these amazing Greek Chicken Tacos and Za’atar and Olive Focaccia on the side, with a wonderfully simple Greek yoghurt pud.

This will take you up to an hour to make, and will serve 4 as a main, 6 as a side.

Spinach and Feta Filo Pie (1)

Spinach and Feta Filo Pie

1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion

200g spinach

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

400g feta

1 egg

6 sheets filo pastry

10g butter, melted

1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

2. Roughly chop your onion and add to a frying pan with the olive oil. Saute over a high heat for 1-2 minutes, then gradually add the spinach until it is all wilted. Stir in the nutmeg, and season with black pepper. Allow to cool.

3. Roughly chop the feta and put in a large bowl. Add the spinach mix and crack in the egg, then stir to combine well.

4. Take a large oven proof dish and brush with a little of the melted butter. Lay one of the sheets of filo pastry over the dish and brush with more butter. Repeat until the dish is completely covered with filo, and you have used 4 sheets.

5. Pile in the feta mix. Spread out evenly, then top with the remaining two sheets of filo pastry. Brush with more butter, then fold the overhanging pieces of filo pastry from the bottom layers over the top, so that it is wrapped like a parcel. Brush with more butter, then bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!

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53 thoughts on “Spinach and Feta Filo Pie

  1. Penniless Vegan February 2, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    This looks so delicious. Definitely on my list of recipes to try!

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  2. fabfood4all February 2, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    Love the flavours in this Greek pie, very healthy too with all that spinach:-) Thanks for linking to my Focaccia:-)

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  3. sweetpea2love February 2, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    Oh my goodness, I have to make this very soon… Thanks for this tasty looking post.. hugs

    Take care and happy blogging to ya, from Laura ~

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      • sweetpea2love February 2, 2015 / 8:40 pm

        Harriet, is it alright if I pin the dish ?

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          • sweetpea2love February 2, 2015 / 8:43 pm

            Oh Harriet, thanking you kindly as I am going to be making this dish all the time now… I just adore spinach and filo… oh my I just am drooling over the picture… Thanks again.. hugs

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  4. alifemoment February 2, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    I love Spanakopita / Byrek, when I was in Greece anc Albania I had a lot of it, it’s delicious.
    Your spanakopita looks so temptive 😊😊😊

    Best wishes,
    Alice

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  5. Lety C February 2, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    Wow! looks so delicious and beautiful!!

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  6. The Seasoned Heart February 2, 2015 / 9:15 pm

    Yum! I used to make this all the time, but I haven’t done so in awhile. Your post inspired me to do it again. Thanks!

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    • harrietyoung38 February 2, 2015 / 9:27 pm

      I’m glad my post has helped remind you about it πŸ™‚

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  7. varinaj February 2, 2015 / 11:39 pm

    This sounds ridiculously amazing, and actually, not that difficult. Would never have thought I could attempt something like this at home, but will now have to give it a try. Thanks for the awesome idea!

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  8. Lou-c-Lou February 3, 2015 / 10:19 am

    I’ve always wanted… but never had the courage to attempt Spanakopita… must try soon! This looks amazing.

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  9. Amy February 3, 2015 / 11:36 am

    This looks delicious and a Greek mezze sounds divine, may have a go at making this.

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  10. Alyssa February 3, 2015 / 1:07 pm

    I took a trip to Greece (Athens and the island Naxos) four years ago. I went with fruit, yogurt and honey every day for breakfast, but I’m right with you on devouring this at every other meal. I’ll have to try this out sometime!

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  11. TheFoodielennial February 3, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    I need to try this one. I’ve always wanted to cook with filo dough, but to be honest, was always afraid I’d mess it up.

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  12. Johanna Gallo February 3, 2015 / 2:58 pm

    Looks delicious… as do all of your recipes! Thanks for the follow, by the way. (I’ve followed you back) πŸ˜‰

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  13. Mr Ben Groom February 3, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Spanakopita is the most delicious thing in the world. That looks delicious. I am going to make me one of those!

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  14. Amanda February 4, 2015 / 12:25 am

    An hour well spent, I say! This looks great. I love, love, love spanikopita, but I’ve never had the guts to try and make it at home. Your recipe makes it look so easy though, so I’ll have to give it a go! Thanks!

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  15. vivibug February 5, 2015 / 3:57 am

    This looks delicious and beautifully made! This dish is super similar to Bulgarian Banitsa (I’m from there and Banitsa uses eggs and walnuts instead of spinach) . Since you enjoyed this dish I think you’d really enjoy this variation as well πŸ™‚

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    • harrietyoung38 February 5, 2015 / 7:58 am

      Thank you! Banitsa sounds delicious – I will definitely try it out!

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  16. Anonymous February 5, 2015 / 6:59 am

    This looks delicious!

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  17. The Gourmet Goddess February 12, 2015 / 3:44 am

    This flavor combination is a favorite…and why not for breakfast? I love savory flavor like this for breakfast.

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  18. terrepruitt February 13, 2015 / 1:07 am

    Oh my this sounds sooooo good. I could eat this for any meal of the day! πŸ™‚

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  19. Anonymous February 20, 2015 / 10:24 am

    Barely stopping myself to cook it right now! Thank you for your recipe!

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  20. juliajunglejulia February 20, 2015 / 10:25 am

    Barely stopping myself to cook it right now! Thank you for your recipe!

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  21. Annie February 23, 2015 / 9:59 pm

    This looks remarkably easy to cook. When it comes to baking, I’m positively dangerous in the kitchen. But, I think I will give this a try. It may not end up looking pretty but, it will surely be very tasty.

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  22. KwashKitchen February 24, 2015 / 8:11 am

    This looks amazing. Spinach and feta cheese is such a great combo x

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  23. Ginger February 24, 2015 / 6:22 pm

    This looks delicious! Now you need to try making your own filo … just sayin’ … πŸ˜‰

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  24. kimboxin February 28, 2015 / 6:33 am

    Spanakopita is one of my favorites and Greece is #1 on my travel bucket list. Can’t wait to try your recipe!

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