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Spanakopita

Another meat free meal and this Greek dish is one of my all time favourites!

The main ingredient is spinach or, my preference, silverbeet. I find that the silverbeet is meatier, more textured.

There are many benefits to the leafy greens such as vitamins C, K, and B, and minerals including folic acid, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene and antioxidants.

Below is a recipe that can be served hot or cold and is a great meat-free meal.

Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch shallots (spring onions), finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1.2kg spinach or silverbeet
  • 2 tbs chopped dill
  • 250g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 150g ricotta cheese
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 12 sheets filo pastry
  • Sesame seeds
  • Lemon, to taste

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180C.

In a frypan, add onion, garlic and shallots. Cook until softened. Add spinach or silverbeet and cook until wilted. Drain and leave to cool. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, add cheeses, eggs, nutmeg, dill and a little lemon juice. Stir in greens.

Brush a baking tray with olive oil and line with baking paper. Layer sheet of filo pastry and brush with oil. Repeat 6 times.

Spread pastry with cheese and spinach mixture and repeat process of filo pastry on top of that. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake for 45 minutes until golden.

Serve hot or cold, with slice of lemon.

 

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