Spanakopita is one of the best delicacies which you can taste in Greece.
1 kg (2 lbs) of fresh spinach
2 cloves of garlic
6 spring onions
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.
Steam for 10 minutes or until the leaves are soft. Squeeze out the excess water from the spinach.
Fry chopped onion and spring onions.
Add the garlic.
Add 2 eggs and crumble the feta cheese into the bowl with spinach.
Add the onion and spring onions, herbs and nutmeg.
Add ricotta cheese and season with salt and pepper if you like.
Spread half of the filo pastry into an oiled baking form. Spread out some oil in between the sheets.
Make sure you spread some oil in between the sheets.
Place the filling in the middle of the baking tray and spread it out.
Now cover the filling with the remaining sheets.
Fold the ends of the upper sheets with the ends of the lower sheets so the filling is enclosed.
Preheat the oven to 350F (or 180C). Bake for about 25 minutes.
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 ;)
So remember if you are in Greece you have to taste spanakopita!