RECIPE

Spanikopita

For a complete meal, serve with Greek Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Salad with Warm Pita Bread for Wrapping and Bakla-Squares and Ice Cream.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 package frozen chopped spinach (10 ounces), defrosted and squeezed dry
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, ground or freshly grated
  • 4 ounces feta with black pepper or plain feta, crumbled into tiny bits
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 4 sheets defrosted phyllo pastry dough (13 x 17-inch)
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

Preparation

Place oven rack in center of the oven and pre-heat to 400ºF.

Pre-heat a small pan over medium to medium-high heat. Add EVOO, one half turn of the pan, and onion and sauté 5 minutes.

Place onion in a bowl. Add chopped dry, defrosted spinach and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add feta to the bowl and combine it with spinach. Add beaten egg and sour cream to the bowl and combine with cheese, spinach and onion.

On a large work surface, place one sheet of phyllo. Paint half of the sheet with a little melted butter, paying extra attention to the perimeter. Fold sheet in half. Pile a quarter of your spinach mixture into a log shape working two inches from bottom and each side. Tuck bottom up and fold both sides in, then roll and wrap upwards until you reach the edge of the dough sheet. Each pastry will resemble an egg roll. Paint the seam and the ends of the roll with butter and set roll seam side down on a cookie sheet. Repeat and make four rolls. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly golden all over and serve.

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