Spanakopita (Spinach and Feta Filo Triangles)


This is a delicious spinach and feta filo pastry recipe that is perfect for a light lunch or as a starter for a dinner party. The feta cheese and spinach are wrapped in filo pastry and baked until golden brown. These Spanakopita triangles are easy to make and can be served hot or cold.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of English spinach, washed
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) of water
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) of crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 8 sheets of filo pastry
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) of melted butter

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C/400 F/Gas 6.
  2. Place the spinach in a large saucepan with the water. Cover and cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes until the spinach is wilted. Drain and allow to cool.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onion, garlic and salt for 3-4 minutes until softened. Add the spinach and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the feta cheese, Parmesan cheese and nutmeg. Mix well.
  5. Place one sheet of filo pastry on a work surface and brush with melted butter. Top with another sheet of pastry and brush with more butter. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheets.
  6. Cut the pastry sheets in half crosswise. Place one half of a pastry sheet on a work surface and spoon one-eighth of the spinach mixture along the long edge. Roll up to form a triangle. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheets and spinach mixture.
  7. Place the triangles on a baking sheet and brush with more melted butter. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and crisp.

Potential changes & improvements

You could use different types of cheese in this recipe, such as goat’s cheese or ricotta. You could also add some chopped herbs, such as dill or mint, to the cheese mixture. If you are making these Spanakopita triangles for a vegetarian dinner party, you could serve them with a tomato and cucumber salad.

What other food it works well with

These Spanakopita triangles go well with a glass of white wine or a Greek salad.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making Spanakopita is to not cook the spinach for long enough. The spinach needs to be cooked until it is wilted so that it is easy to roll up in the filo pastry. Another mistake is to not brush the filo pastry sheets with enough melted butter. The filo pastry needs to be well greased so that it doesn’t dry out when it is baked in the oven.

Nutritional Information

Each Spanakopita triangle contains approximately:

  • Calories: 200
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 10 mg
  • Sodium: 320 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Protein: 5 g

Allergens:

  • Wheat
  • Dairy

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