Ingredients
  • Fills one 11cm x 13cm pie dish
  • 100g blanched & drained spinach leaves, trimmed of any large tough stalks 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, stems trimmed, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 100g quality feta cheese, crumbled 2 tsp fresh dill, or 1 tsp dried
  • 2tsp ground mixed spice or cinnamon 6 sheets of filo pastry
  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil, more if needed
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  • Wash fresh spinach in cold water to remove any grit, then drain it. Place in a saucepan with a little of its draining water and cook with the lid on for a couple of minutes until wilted but not mushy. Drain well on a clean tea towel for half an hour, then chop finely.
  • To make the filling: In a mixing bowl, add the spinach and the remaining filling ingredients. Stir until all is well-combined.
  • Unroll the filo sheets and place them between two very lightly damp kitchen cloths. Prepare a 9½" X 13" baking dish. Brush the bottom and sides of the dish with olive oil.
  • To assemble the Spanakopita: Line the baking dish with two sheets of filo letting them cover the sides of the dish. Brush with olive oil.
  • Evenly spread half the spinach and feta filling over the filo crust. Top with two more sheets, and brush with olive oil.
  • Repeat with the remaining mixture and top off with two sheets of filo, ruching the top sheet attractively.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the filo crust is crisp and golden brown. Remove from the oven.