I have a lot of Greek restaurants near me, and some Turkish ones too, which always make these feta and spinach triangles (spanakopita) which are so nice. With a bit of research I realised it is not impossible to make a spanakopita pie, which is what I did here. It was so nice, the only problem is that I would say it wasn’t THAT thrifty. The ways to make it cheaper are by buying “salad cheese” instead of feta, which basically tastes like feta but is made out of cow’s milk instead of sheep’s, and not purchasing the pine nuts. To be honest, this was absolutely amazing, and it was ridiculously easy, so I would definitely recommend making it.
-A knob of melted butter/margarine/oil
-4-5 sheets Filo pastry (just buy a whole pack, and separate 4 sheets from the pile)
-300g Feta/Salad cheese
-3 massive handfuls of spinach
-2 cloves of garlic
-A handful of pine nuts
-Lots of dried herbs(basil, thyme, oregano)
-Salt and pepper
-Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200 c/400 f
-Put the spinach in a saucepan and cook on a medium heat, crush the garlic into it with a garlic press, and continue to stir until all the spinach has wilted. Wilted is when it looks wet and has shrunk in size.
-Crumble the feta into a mixing bowl, add the eggs, spinach, pine nuts, some teaspoons of herbs and s + p and mix thoroughly until it is combined really well. Make sure there is no orange floating about from the egg yolk.
-Put this aside and start with your filo papers. Prepare a pie dish by greasing the sides with the butter or oil, if you don’t have a pie dish, just make do with any deep dish pan the you have. In this case it might be necessary to use more sheets to make sure all the dish is covered.
-Place one sheet of the filo pastry, being very delicate, in a pie dish. Using a brush if you can, spread some of the oil or melted butter over the sheet. Just a bit will do.Try to push the pastry into the dish so that no air is left under the surface and it has completely filled the dish. Add another sheet, doing the same thing with the butter. Do this until you have used all 4 sheets. If using a circular dish, try to make sure all the edges are covered. BE DELICATE.
-Now pour the feta and spinach mixture into the pie dish, and it should spread easily into all areas of the pie base. Now wrap the edges of the filo over the mixture so that it ressembles some sort of crust, like in the photo.
-Place in the oven and cook for 40 minutes, or until the mixture feels springy and golden and the crust is brown.