Gordon's note about this recipe is as follows: "This spinach and feta pie is probably the most popular of all Greek pies, which are everyday fare in Greece and typically eaten as substantial snacks. I prefer to serve this scrumptious pie as a main course, or a a side dish to roast lamb."
Recipe from Gordon Ramsay's World Kitchen
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 large sweet onions, peeled and minced
- sea salt and black pepper
- 1 lb spinach leaves, washed and drained
- nutmeg, to grate
- 9 oz feta, crumbled
- 2 large eggs
- generous 1/3 cup heavy cream
- scant 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
- scant 1/2 cup butter, melted (you definitely won't need all of it)
- 14 sheets phyllo pastry
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the onions with a little salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 6-8 minutes until soft but not colored. Transfer to a large bowl.
- Wilt the spinach leaves in several batches: stir them in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until just wilted, then tip into a colander. Press down on the spinac with the back of a ladle to squeeze out as much excess water as possible. Allow to cool slightly, then chop roughly.
- Add the spinach to the onion and grate over a little nutmeg. Add the feta, eggs, and cream. Season with a generous grinding of pepper and just a small pinch of salt - as the feta is salty. Finally, stir in the pine nuts. Chill until ready to serve.
- Preheat the oven to 400F. Brush the base of a large ovenproof dish with a little of the melted butter. Now layer 10 sheets of phyllo pastry in the dish, brushing each layer with butter and allowing any excess pastry to overhang the sides. Spoon the spinach and feta mix over the pastry sheets and then fold any overhanging phyllo over the filling. Layer the remaining phylo sheets on top, buttering generously and scrunching for an attractive finish.
- Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes until the top of the pie is golden and the filling is set. To check, insert a small knife into the center of the pie - the filling should not look too runny.
- Let stand for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Serve the pie either warm or at room temperature.
We definitely love Greek food in this house, so everyone was very excited about this Spanakopita. Hopefully you enjoy it as much as we did. :)