Spanakopita for Sissies

I know… Spanakopita is supposed to be wrapped in perfect little triangles but that’s not possible for those of us who can’t wield phyllo dough well. But we were throwing a Greek night (gryos, spanakopita and Mamma Mia– that’s totally Greek, right) and I wanted to make something delicious. Spanakopita in a pie dish is super easy and you can cut it up and serve it just like a brownie.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 (8 cup/64oz) bag of spinach
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bunch of green onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic (that’s 2 tsp of minced garlic)
  • 12-16oz of feta (depending on how much you like the taste)
  • 5 tbsp of parmesan cheese (you can use the stuff you put on pasta)
  • Phyllo dough (find it in the freezer section near the baking supplies like pastry dough)
  • butter or olive oil spray (similar to Pam, just made of olive oil instead of vegetable oil)

Here’s what to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Chop up the spinach, onions and garlic.
  3. Cook the onions and garlic in about 2 tbsp of olive oil on medium heat until the onions are soft. Then add the spinach and cook for about 5 more minutes on medium heat. Then, increase the heat to high and cook for about 6-7 more minutes.
  4. Add in the crumbled feta and parmesan. Add some salt to taste. When the feta has melted a bit and is mixing with the spinach, remove the skillet from the heat and let the mixture cool a bit.
  5. Spray the bottom of a bake pan with the olive oil (or butter). Then, layer by layer, add phyllo dough and spray with olive oil/butter in between each layer. Do this for 8 layers.
  6. Spread the spinach/onion/cheese mixture on the bottom layer of phyllo sheets.
  7. Repeat step 5. Thoroughly coat the top layer with olive oil.
  8. Put in the oven for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
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Cook the spinach, onions and garlic in olive oil.

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I’ve learned that readers like a close-up of the foods so here’s a close-up

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Sometimes your phyllo dough won’t be the exact size of the pan so get creative with your placement.

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