Spanakopita is one of the best delicacies which you can taste in Greece.

1 kg (2 lbs) of fresh spinach
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
6 spring onions
2 eggs
200g (7 oz) feta cheese
250g (8,8 oz) ricotta cheese
1 tbsp fresh dill
1 tbsp fresh parsley
12 sheets of filo pastry
1 pinch of nutmeg
some olive oil
salt and pepper

Clean spinach well in cold water. Drain and roughly chop, then place it in a steamer.

spinach by quall

Steam for 10 minutes or until the leaves are soft. Squeeze out the excess water from the spinach.

steam by quall

Fry chopped onion and spring onions.

onion and spring onions by quall

Add the garlic.

add the garlic by quall

Add 2 eggs and crumble the feta cheese into the bowl with spinach.

feta cheese by quall

Add the onion and spring onions, herbs and nutmeg.

onion and spring onions, herbs and nutmeg by quall

Add ricotta cheese and season with salt and pepper if you like.

ricotta cheese by quall

Spread half of the filo pastry into an oiled baking form. Spread out some oil in between the sheets.

filo pastry by quall

Make sure you spread some oil in between the sheets.

filo pastry by quall

Place the filling in the middle of the baking tray and spread it out.

place the filling by quall

Now cover the filling with the remaining sheets.

cover by filo pastry by quall

Fold the ends of the upper sheets with the ends of the lower sheets so the filling is enclosed.

cover the filling by quall

Preheat the oven to 350F (or 180C). Bake for about 25 minutes.

after 25 minutes by quall

spanakopita for six by quall

Of course it doesn’t taste like that one eaten on the streets of Athens. Or maybe it does but the scenery is not the same ;)

spanakopita by quall

So remember if you are in Greece you have to taste spanakopita!

Chicken and leek pie

4 chicken breasts
ham (how much you like)
bacon (how much you like)
3 leeks
4 big potatoes
150ml (5fl oz) white wine
150ml (5fl oz) chicken stock
1 tbsp crème fraîche
300g puff pastry sheet
olive oil
salt and pepper

Fry chopped chicken, ham and bacon.

fried chicken by martushka

ham and bacon by martushka

…chop the leek and fry for few minutes

leek by martushka

…stir the chicken, ham and bacon into the leeks and season.

leek on the frying pan by martushka

Add crème fraîche, wine and chicken stock and stir, then cook for few minutes. Season again if needed.

with wine and creme by martushka

Chop potatoes and cook them for 5 minutes.

potatoes by martushka

Spoon into a baking dish.

layers by martushka

potatoes on the top by martushka

Slap the pastry on the dish, press down edges, trim any excess. Brush pastry with beaten egg or milk.

under the sheet by martushka

Preheat the oven to 200C ( 392 F), and bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

hot leek pie by martushka

Bon appetit :)

hungry for leek pie by quall