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Homemade Spanakopita Recipe

This is the real deal. Homemade spanakopita crafted by my very own mother. You can't get more traditional than that.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time: (for dough) 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 3 pies
Calories 1020kcal
Author Peter G

Ingredients

HOMEMADE FILLO

  • 3 cups flour plain (all-purpose)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 cup water

SPINACH AND FETA FILLING

  • 1 kg spinach washed and stems removed
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 250 g feta cheese
  • 100 g ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pinch white pepper
  • ½ tbsp dill finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp mint finely chopped

Instructions

  • Place the flour in a large bowl and add the olive oil. Rub the olive oil through the flour until it is fully incorporated. Add the salt, sugar and enough water to form a dough.
  • Knead the dough on a large floured surface for ten minutes until soft and elastic. Place it back into a large bowl, cover and allow to rest for ten minutes.
  • Place the spinach leaves into a colander and sprinkle over the salt. Allow the spinach to rest for ten minutes. Squeeze excess water from spinach using your hands. Place the spinach in a new bowl along with the feta, ricotta, pepper, eggs and herbs. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
  • To make one coil or "snake" divide the dough into 3 pieces. Place one piece of dough onto a well floured surface. Using your "plasti" or wooden curtain rod proceed to roll the dough to form a circle. Continue rolling, ensuring there is enough flour between each roll. You should end up with one large thin piece of fillo.
  • Drizzle a little olive oil over the newly rolled fillo sheet and place ⅓ of the spinach mixture at the bottom end of the fillo sheet leaving a few cms from the border. Roll the fillo up gently ensuring it is shaped like a coil and place into a well-greased round baking dish. Repeat with the remaining fillo sheets and filling. Brush a generous amount of olive oil over the pita and bake in preheated 200 deg C oven for 45 mins until golden. Allow to rest for 10 mins. before slicing and serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pie | Calories: 1020kcal | Carbohydrates: 113g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 19g