SPINACH and FETA FILO SWIRL PIE
Spinach pie is a traditional Greek dish that is eaten every day. This authentic Spanakopita Spiral Recipe has been passed down through several generations of a Greek family and is one of their favorite dishes. We hope you enjoy it too.
- 125g unsalted butter, melted
- ½ tbsp sesame seeds
- ½ tbsp nigella seeds
- 7 filo pastry sheets
For the filling:
- Bunch fresh dill, chopped, plus extra to serve
- Small bunch fresh flatleaf parsley, chopped
- 3 medium free-range eggs, lightly beaten
- Greek yogurt and mixed olives to serve
- Finely grated zest and juice 1 lemon
- 2 x 400g bags young leaf spinach
- 5 spring onions, finely chopped
- 75g toasted pine nuts (optional)
- 150g goat’s cheese, crumbled
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 300g feta cheese, crumbled
- 40g pecorino, grated
- Nutmeg for grating
- Pinch chilli flakes
- 1 tsp dried mint
- Glug olive oil
- For the filling, gently fry both types of onion in a pan with a glug of olive oil and seasoning for 6-8 minutes until starting to soften. Set aside in a large mixing bowl while you prepare the spinach.
- Wilt the spinach in batches in your largest pan with a tiny splash of water. Drain, cool, then squeeze out any excess water in a colander using a wooden spoon. Put in a clean tea towel or muslin square and squeeze tightly to remove any remaining water. Roughly chop and put in the bowl with the onions.
- Add all the cheeses, the eggs, fresh and dried herbs, chilli flakes, lemon juice, pine nuts (if using), a good grating of nutmeg, a little salt and plenty of black pepper, then mix thoroughly.
- Heat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/gas 5. Put 1 rectangular sheet of filo on a work surface, brush all over with melted butter, then top with another sheet of filo, brushing as before. Add a third of the spinach mixture in a line along one long edge, then roll up into a cylinder, brushing the filo with butter as you roll.
- Starting from one end, wind the filo into a coil and put on the baking sheet. Repeat twice more in the same way, coiling each filo cylinder around the previous one to make a larger spiral. Brush the finished pie all over with melted butter (or use olive oil if you’ve run out), then sprinkle with the seeds. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
- Serve scattered with lemon zest and chopped dill, with bowls of yogurt and olives alongside. Enjoy your cooking!