Appetizers and Side dishes — By Ben on 03 April 2008
Side Dish – My Version of Spanakopita

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!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(15) Readers Comments

  1. that looks so divine!!!!!

  2. I love spanakopita! I make it several times a year. I would more often, but phyllo is so expensive! Anyway, yours looks beautiful, as usual!

  3. Makes me want to go on vacation, with music and good food! I’d certainly eat your “spanakopita” Ben, looks delicious!

  4. Just found your blog. Love the music but mostly the spanakopita…which is what I was looking for when I found your blog.

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