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Monday, June 23, 2008

Spinach & Feta Pie Recipe

I love spinach and feta pies and am always looking out for various recipes for them. I don't like feta cheese by itself, but you can't beat it when used in a spinach pie. This is quite simple to make and it is very tasty. It was given to me by a friend who had it given to her by a greek lady and as she is an excellent cook, you can be assured this is a great pie.


200g good feta cheese - crumbled
1 pkt filo pastry - at room temperature
6 - 7 eggs (depending on size)
3 bunches english spinach
1 bunch continental parsley
1/2 bunch spring onions
125g butter - melted
1/2 lemon - for squeezing


Preheat oven to 180C.
Wash spinach thoroughly and remove stems. Place in a large saucepan with the lid on and place over low heat until wilted. Squeeze to remove all the liquid then chop and set aside in a large bowl.
Chop parsley and add to spinach.
Add the crumbled feta cheese, oinions and some sea salt and coarse black pepper to taste. Mix well then stir in lightly beaten eggs.
Butter a large baking dish and working quickly, lay a sheet of pastry over the bottom of dish. Lightly butter the seet and then lay another sheet over this. Keep going until you have 6 - 8 layers of pastry (Keep the filo pastry under a moist tea towel while you work with it to stop drying out).
Spread the spinach mixture over this and press down to remove any air bubbles. Top with more filo pastry, buttering each sheet as you go until you have the same amount of sheets as the bottom.
Butter the top sheet more than the others and bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the pie start to puff up.
Serve warm with lemon wedges on the side to squeese on pie.