If you have not tried Spanakopita before, you’re in for a treat! Spanakopita is a delicious savoury Greek pie made of perfectly crispy layers of phyllo dough and a comforting filling of spinach, feta and ricotta cheese.  Spanakopita makes a great side dish next to lamb or lemon chicken, but it can also easily stand alone as the main dish.

Spanakopita

Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Servings: 4 people

Equipment

  • Rolling pin
  • Large tablecloth

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 2 cups

    Olympian Plain Flour

  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 200 mls Water
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp Vinegar

Filling

  • 250 g Ricotta
  • 250 g Feta
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Large egg
  • 250 g Spinach, blanched
  • 100 ml Olive Oil

Instructions

  • Make a soft dough combining flour, salt, vinegar, olive oil and water.
    Plain Flour
  • Melt butter and oil in saucepan on low heat.
  • Portion dough in small round balls, roll out, brushing with melted mixture. Cover with Plastic. Wrap to avoid drying out.
  • Prepare the working surface by dusting the table cloth with flour.
  • Place the dough on the table, dust with flour and start rolling out until 55-60 cm diameter. Dust with flour all the time, this will prevent sticking.
  • When you've achieved wanted size, spoon 3 tbs of oil around the dough, and spread with your fingers. Do this with all of your round balls of dough. Rest the dough for 30 minutes.
  • Now slowly and gently pull the pastry from the centre to the edge (Back of your hand is better to use - go around the dough. Round tables are perfect for this!)
  • Dot the fillings around edges, turn dough from outside edge to cover the filling.
  • With a spoon add some extra oil around the edges, and centre of pastry.
  • Start rolling the pastry towards the center, pulling gently at the same time towards your self - this will add stretch your pastry, ensuring thin, crisp appearance.
  • Cut the pastry in the middle and continue to roll inwards, until all is rolled up.
  • You will get a circle of made pastry/pita, which you need to cut and start rolling into a spiral form.
  • Oil the top of pita - spray is fine, and bake for 25-30 min.

Notes

Order your Olympian Plain Flour here.