One of Greece's best-known dishes, this pie can also be served as a side dish or in larger portions as a main dish. Tablespoons of the same mixture can be used to fill tiropetes, little triangles folded from 3-inch (7.5-cm) strips cut lengthwise from filo sheets and brushed with clarified butter; they bake in 10-15 minutes.
- 1 1/2 pound spinach
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
- 3/4 pound feta cheese, crumbled
- 1 cup cottage cheese, if needed
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 18 sheets filo dough, thawed in the refrigerator if frozen
- 1/2 cup clarified unsalted butter, melted
Remove the stems from the spinach, chop the leaves coarsely and rinse well in several changes of water. Drain and set aside.
Warm the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the green onions and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Add the spinach to the same pan and place over high heat. Cook, turning the spinach with tongs or a fork, until wilted, about 4 minutes. (The leaves will wilt in their own moisture.) Transfer to a sieve and drain well, pressing out the excess moisture with the back of a spoon.
Chop the spinach coarsely. Add it to the green onions, then stir in the parsley, dill and feta cheese. If the feta is salty, add the cottage cheese to mellow the overall flavor. Add the eggs and nutmeg and stir well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Butter an 11 x 16 x 2 1/2-inch baking dish. Remove the filo sheets from their package, lay them flat on a work surface and cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out. Lay a filo sheet in the prepared dish and brush it lightly with the butter. Top with 8 more filo sheets, brushing each one with butter. Spread the spinach mixture evenly over the filo layers. Top with the remaining 9 filo sheets, again brushing each sheet lightly with the butter, including the top sheet. Cover and refrigerate the pie for 30 minutes so the butter will set.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Using a sharp knife, cut the pie into 16 equal pieces. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Recut the pieces and serve hot.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
232 calories; 16g total fat; 75mg cholesterol; 446mg sodium; 15g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 9g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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