Vegetarian Spanikopita (Filo Pastry Pie)

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This Greek dish is a wonderful main course or even starter when served in the correct portions. They can be eaten hot, warmed up or cold.

Ingredients

  • As many sheets of Filo Pastry that you need (One sheet makes one parcel)
  • Some Olive Oil
  • 900g (2lb) fresh spinach
    • Or alternatively 450g (1lb) frozen spinach (cooked drained and cooled)
  • 1 bunch of spring onions
  • 100g (40z) feta cheese

Method

  1. Preheat your oven 200c/400F/Gas Mark 6
  2. Chop the spinach and mix with your chopped spring opinions, crumbled feta cheese and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Take a sheet of Filo Pastry and fold in half longways.
  4. Place a spoonful of your mixture in the lower left corner and fold over to the top right corner to form a triangle.
  5. Then fold the folded triangle over and then fold back to form another triangle.
  6. Carry on this process (step 5) until your entire sheet is folded into triangles. (remember to brush the top of the triangle with olive oil before each fold.)
  7. Place the formed triangle on your baking tray and repeat the above process until you have the required quantity of your preference.
  8. Bake for 30-40 minutes and serve hot or cold.

Vegan Alternative:

Make this recipe in the same way but replace the cheese with mashed tofu or 100g (40z) of flaked almonds or pine nuts.

DISCLAIMER: Parts of this recipe were inspired by the Spanikopita recipe in Rose Elliots Vegetarian Cooking Book.

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