Greek Spinach and Feta Pie

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Greek Spinach and Feta Pie

Ingredients

1 bunch (about 320g) spinach
2 sprigs fresh dill, chopped
4 green shallots, chopped
300g feta cheese
100g ricotta cheese
40g (½ cup) finely grated hard cheese like parmesan or pecorino
5 eggs
2 tbsp. dry breadcrumbs
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
60ml olive oil
Melted butter or olive oil for greasing dish
375g packet fresh (not frozen) filo pastry
185ml melted butter, approx.

Method

Trim the roots from the spinach then wash the leaves and drain well. Coarsely shred the leaves and tender stalks of the spinach and set aside.

Place the feta in a large bowl and coarsely mash with a fork. Add the ricotta, parmesan, eggs, breadcrumbs, nutmeg, pepper and oil then mix with the fork to combine. Add the spinach and set aside while preparing the pastry case.

Preheat oven to 180˚C. Lightly grease a 20cm x 30cm x 5cm deep baking dish. Lay the filo out on a bench. Cover with a dry tea towel then a damp one to keep it from drying out. Line dish with a sheet of filo and brush with butter. Top with another sheet of filo and butter and continue until about half the sheets of filo are used.

Using your hand or a large metal spoon, gently mix the spinach filling until thoroughly combined. Pour into the prepared pastry base and spread evenly. Top with remaining filo, buttering each sheet, ensuring the final sheet is well buttered.

Trim any overhanging pastry and tuck in the sides. Use a sharp knife to mark pastry top into diamonds, allowing the knife to pierce the pastry once or twice to allow air to escape during baking.

Sprinkle lightly with water and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until well browned and set (cover with foil if over browning). Gently shake the pan and the spanakopita will slide easily when cooked.

Cool on rack for 15 minutes before cutting to serve.

Products used

Industrial Kitchen 5-Piece Stainless Steel Knife Set and Knife Block
Industrial Kitchen Handmade Rectangular Wooden Butcher’s Block Chopping Board
Home Made Traditional Stoneware 29cm Mixing Bowl
KitchenCraft Italian Large Lasagne / Baking Dish 
KitchenCraft Professional Nylon Pastry Brush / Basting Brush with Soft Grip Handle 
Master Class Stainless Steel Cooking Spoon
Master Class Non-Stick 46cm x 26cm Cooling Tray