spanakopita pie


What I made: 
Spanakopita Pie  

Original Recipe or did I make it myself? 
Found it on Bon Appetit and followed it to the letter.  Most of the time I enjoy being a recipe tester. 

You didn’t want to try to make it yourself? 
I made spanakopita quite a bit when my son was little, but I was intrigued by the addition of oregano and basil, and loved the idea of making it in a springform pan.  Less hassle and mess than in a rectangular pan.  This was more rustic. 

Why spanakopita? 
I grew up on “spinach pie”.  When I was little, my folks and I would go downtown to “Greek town” (downtown Detroit) almost every week.  I would always get the flaming cheese (Oom-pah!) and spinach pie. I find Greek food hard to come by in DC, so I decided to make my own. Again. 

So how did it turn out? 
Yummy! The balance of basil, oregano, and dill was unexpected and great.  It was more like a savory pie than just a spinach, feta, and dill pie.  And, it looked so pretty and fancy.  I loved that it cut and looked like a slice of veggie pie. 

Would you make it again? 
Yup!  The family loved it and so did I. 

spanakopita pie

  • 4 10- ounce packages frozen chopped spinach (thawed, drained)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 leek (white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced)
  • ½ medium onion (chopped)
  • 5 medium scallions (white and pale-green parts only, sliced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (grated)
  • Kosher salt (freshly ground pepper)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 10 ounces feta (crumbled (about 2 cups))
  • 1 ounce store-bought finely grated Parmesan (about ¼ cup)
  • ⅓ cup chopped basil
  • ⅓ cup chopped dill
  • 3 tablespoons chopped oregano
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • ¾ cup 1½ sticks salted butter, melted, divided
  • 12 14 x9-inch sheets frozen phyllo dough (thawed, room temperature)

Special Equipment

  • A 9-inch springform pan

Make the spanakopita

  1. Place spinach in the center of a clean towel, gather corners together, and twist towel to wring excess liquid out of spinach. Try and get as much out as you can (if spinach is too wet, phyllo will get soggy as it bakes). Transfer spinach to a large bowl and break up into small pieces. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium and cook leek and onion, stirring, until just beginning to soften, 5–7 minutes. Add scallions and garlic and cook until vegetables are tender, 4–6 minutes more; season with salt and pepper. Scrape into bowl with spinach. Whisk egg, egg yolk, 1 tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper in a small bowl; add to spinach mixture. Add feta, Parmesan, basil, dill, oregano, and lemon zest and mix until distributed. Don’t be afraid to overmix; you want herbs and cheese in every bite! 

  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly brush bottom and sides of springform pan with butter. Remove phyllo from packaging and cover with a kitchen towel to prevent drying out. Working quickly, brush butter on 1 side of 1 phyllo sheet. Transfer phyllo, butter side up, to prepared pan, covering bottom of pan. Gently press and tuck sides of sheet into bottom edges of pan. Fold and ripple phyllo as needed to cover bottom of pan. Repeat with 2 more phyllo sheets. Working quickly, brush butter on 1 side of another phyllo sheet. Transfer to pan, arranging butter side up and slightly off-center so long side of dough comes up and over side of pan, leaving a 2″ overhang. Rotate pan slightly and repeat with another sheet so overhang covers another section of pan. Continue with remaining 7 sheets, rotating pan so there is overhang around entire pan. 

  3. Scrape spinach mixture into pan, pressing down firmly and smoothing top. Gently fold phyllo overhang over spinach mixture and continue to press until phyllo goes just below rim of pan. Don’t worry if phyllo breaks or tears; gather any broken pieces and arrange where spinach peeks through. You want the phyllo to look draped over the top with lots of waves and folds. Bake pie until phyllo is golden brown and slightly darker around the edges, 50–65 minutes. Let cool in pan 1 hour before removing ring. Serve warm or at room temperature.    

Tested from Bon Appetit

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