What is Spanakopita?
Spanakopita is a great classic of Greek cuisine. As the title of this recipe suggests, it is a kind of lasagna with spinach and feta cheese prepared with filo pastry. It can be eaten hot or cold, as a starter or as a main course. What makes Spanakopita particularly delicious is the addition of fresh herbs such as mint, dill and parsley. Spinach can be replaced or complemented with other vegetables such as chard, sorrel or leek.
For Step 1
12 sheets filo pastry
1 kg fresh spinach
400 g feta
3 cloves garlic
Fresh herbs: mint dill, parsley
1 lemon organic
Salt & pepper
1 tablespoon sesame seeds black and white
Brown the onion
* Wash and dry the spinach. Peel the onion and cut it finely. Chop the garlic cloves. * In a large saucepan, brown the onion with a little olive oil until it becomes translucent.
* Add the garlic, then the spinach. Sauté for 5-10 minutes, while the spinach begins to lose its volume.
Remove excess water
Pour everything into a colander and squeeze the spinach to remove excess water. Let cool for a few minutes.
Add fresh herbs and lemon
* Meanwhile, remove the leaves from the dill, mint and parsley sprigs. Chop them finely. * In a bowl, mix the spinach, dill, mint, parsley, feta. Grate the lemon zest on top and then add the juice of half the lemon.
Add the eggs and mix well.
Add the feta
Cut the feta into small cubes and add it to the spinach.
Prepare the spanakopita
* Then oil a large ovenproof dish with olive oil. Using a brush, lightly oil the filo leaves, then place 6 filo leaves at the bottom of the dish, distributing them so that about 5-6 centimeters of filo pastry overflows on each side of the dish.
Add the filling
Place the spinach filling on the filo leaves.
Cover with filo pastry
And then cover with 6 other sheets of filo. Close the edges of the dish tightly.
Finish by passing a thin layer of olive oil on top of the Spanakopita using a brush. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake for 40 minutes at 180 ° C (conventional heat at the start, then fan oven for the last 10 minutes).