SPANAKOPITA (GREEK SPINACH PIE)

My family often tell me they think i'm adopted because I hardly like any Greek food at all.  One of my worst foods is cinnamon which features heavily in a fair few Greek dishes and in general, traditional Greek dishes just aren't to my taste.  One thing I love however is spanakopita, also known as spinach pie.  You cant really go wrong with spinach, filo pastry and feta cheese... so long as you don't add cinnamon to the mix!  You may notice a photograph of the finish product is missing from the set below.  I hate to say it, but we were so excited to eat the pie warm from the oven that we forgot to take any pictures and demolished the pan! Sorry!

Ingredients

400g spinach
175g feta
1 medium onion finely chopped
4-5 spring onions chopped
1 pack filo pastry
1 tbsp dried mint
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup sunflower oil for brushing
salt
pepper

It a saucepan heat the olive oil.  Fry the finely chopped onion until softened.  Add the spring onions and fry cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
To the onions add the spinach, dried mint, salt and pepper.  Once spinach starts to wilt add in the roughly chopped feta and cook until it is all well combined.
Brush your baking tray with sunflower oil.  
Lay down 4-5 sheets of filo, oil brushing between each layer and tucking in any excess filo.
Place half of the spinach mixture onto the filo and spread out evenly.
Add another 5 layers of filo, oil brushing between each layer and place the rest of the spinach mixture on top.  
Top with the remaining sheets of filo, scoring the top couple of layers into squares with a sharp knife.
Place in a preheated oven at 200C for 20 mins, then turn the temperature down to 175c and cook for a further 20 mins.
The spanakopita is done when the filo has turned a rich golden brown in colour.
















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