Spanakopites Apo Ti Samos (Spinach Pies From Samos) Recipe

Oven temperature: 190 c (375 f); cooking time: 40

Step 1

Minutes Wash spinach well and cut off any coarse stems. Chop coarsely and put into a large pan.

Step 2

Cover and place over heat for 7-8 minutes shaking pan now and then or turning spinach with a fork. Heat just long enough to wilt spinach so that juices can run freely. Drain well in a colander, pressing occasionally with a spoon. (If using frozen spinach, defrost, drain well and chop).

Step 3

Place in a mixing bowl. Heat oil in a frying pan and gently fry spring onion until soft. Add oil and onion to spinach with cheese, herbs, eggs and nutmeg.

Step 4

Mix well to combine, then add salt and pepper to taste. Open out fillo pastry sheets and cut in half, giving pieces approximately 20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 inches) in size. Stack and cover with cloth. Take a sheet and brush lightly with oil.

Step 5

Fold in half to make a strip about 10 cm (4 inches) wide. Brush again with oil and spread about 2 tablespoons of filling across one long edge, leaving sides clear of filling.

Step 6

Fold in sides, then roll up firmly. Bend roll round into a coil and place in an oiled baking dish.

Step 7

Repeat with remaining ingredients, placing in one layer in the baking dish.

Step 8

Brush tops lightly with oil and bake in a moderately hot oven for 25 minutes until golden brown.

Step 9

Serve hot or cold as an appetizer or light meal. If serving cold, use butter instead of olive oil unless your oil is of high quality.

Things You'll Need

  • 750g Fresh spinach; -OR-
  • 500g -Frozen leaf spinach
  • 1c Finely chopped spring onions
  • 1/4c Olive oil
  • 2c Crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4c Finely chopped dill
  • -OR fennel
  • 2 Eggs; beaten
  • 1/4ts Ground nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
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  • 10 Filo pastry sheets
  • 1/2c Olive oil

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