Side Dish – My Version of Spanakopita


Maybe my Greek readers (I know I have at least three) are thinking this is not the way to make spanakopita. In my defense I can only say that I don’t know how to make phyllo dough and that this dish is only a variation of the way my mom makes it (she uses puff pastry) As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know it was a Greek dish until Andy pointed it out in a comment.

That’s when everything made sense. My mom had a Greek friend in Mexico City who made amazing food, and taught us to dance Greek music (oh yeah! I was dancing Sirtaki when I was 12. Now get up and dance with me!) My mom probably learned to make this recipe from her, and I didn’t know until a couple of months ago. I have been eating this delicious Greek snack for many years and I just found out what it is called. I must retreat to my corner now.

Anyway, since Andy mentioned it I’ve been wanting to make it. Finally yesterday I got some spinach and made something based on the original recipe. Like I mentioned above I don’t know how to make phyllo dough and I wasn’t in the mood to spend 2 hours making puff pastry so I used this whole wheat pie crust recipe.

And this is what I did for the filling:

  • I washed 8 ounces of spinach and dumped them in boiling water for a couple of minutes and then I drained them. I added some kosher salt to the water first.
  • In a sauce pan I sauteed 1/2 chopped onion and 2 chopped garlic cloves over olive oil. I added the spinach, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 2 ounces of cream cheese, pepper and a pinch of salt.
  • I cooked it only until the cream cheese melted, added 1 egg and pour it on the pie crust.
  • I baked it for 20 minutes at 325° F.

My verdict? It was delicious. Maybe not as good as the one our dear friend used to make, but good enough. I need to start cooking more Greek food (along with Italian, Spanish and Asian) and I think this is a very good start.

If you want to make the authentic dish, here is the real deal

Buen provecho!


  • Well, even if your Greek readers should not like it, it certainly looks delicious! Good job at diving into Greek flavors :-)

  • What a great “spanakopita” Ben…music and all too. You’ve done a great job and the whole point is that you were inspired to try and have a go. Great stuff amigo!

  • I have been meaning to try making spanakopita for a while now. Yours looks good! I like the sound of using cream cheese

  • I do’t usuraly like greek food but this sounds and looks realy good thanks

  • Love it Ben and loved the music as well. I was chair dancing for sure with visions of the Agean Sea in the background:D

  • From now on you’re known as Anthony Quinn Jr. Anthony was a Mexican who loved Greece and Greeks and the Greeks returned their love to him.

    Anthony Quinn is best known for his role in Zorba The Greek (the song playing here).

    You have a Greek-inspired dish and as Greeks, our way is tolerance. I say Bravo, congrats, OLE, OPA!

  • I feel like throwing a dish listening to this. Looks good and healthy with that whole wheat crust. I’ll take slice.

  • I’m definitely awake now – and in a good mood too – thank you for doing that.
    The dish is a dream – it just goes to show you how differently we can all interpret the same thing and still love it. Good job! I can’t think of more to write but I don’t want to leave – the music is great.

  • I LOVE the MUSIC PLAYER! and your food, of course.

    Now, why didn’t you buy ready made phyllo dough?
    This looks and sounds wonderful – cream cheese & spinach….yummm

    OH OH OH, what about GOAT CHEESE?

  • That looks excellent. I would certainly eat it.

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