Entree Size Spanakopita Recipe

Entree Size Spanakopita Recipe

My family loves Greek Food. From a simple Greek Salad to the flaky flavors of Spanakopita. I have never made Spanakopita before and I really have never even used Phyllo dough before but I decided I would take the challenge and make these yummy entree size Spanakoptia recipe for my birthday, yes you read that correctly. Making me own meal but that is ok, I needed an excuse to have time alone in the kitchen!! They were easier than I imagined and I plan on making them again, and freezing them!

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I used Ina Garten’s Spanakopita recipe and true to form it was easy and flavorful, two important criteria for a recipe I try. Also be sure to buy the best Feta you can find, and don’t get the low fat stuff. You want a cheese that will meld great with the spinach not large chunks of overly processed cheese. 

TIP: be sure to thaw the spinach and phyllo dough well before you start this recipe. You will need both ingredients completely thawed. 

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Mix all the filling together in a big bowl. Make sure all the ingredients are evenly mixed together so you don’t get a clump of something in a bite. 

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My phyllo dough kept breaking but nothing a little melted butter could not fix. This is the first recipe I have seen that has you add bread crumbs in-between the sheets.

Since these make entree size spanakopita one piece of phyllo will make 2 pieces. 

working with phyllo

Now just fold it like an American Flag and keep going until you have made 12 pieces. (Be sure to cover the finished ones with a damp towel.)

making-spanakopita

Bake and just wait to indulge. 

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I think these look amazing and they tasted even better. I always get excited when I try something I thought I could not do, kinda like the California Rolls I made a few years ago. 

Entree Spanakopita

Entree Spanakopita

Yield: 6 Entree servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Entree Spanakopita is the perfect start to your Greek inspired dinner. 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
  • 2 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
  • 4 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Plain dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups small-diced feta cheese, 12 ounces
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 24 sheets frozen phyllo dough, defrosted
  • 1-2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • Flaked sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan, add the onion, and cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat. Add the scallions, and cook for another 2 minutes until the scallions are wilted but still green. Meanwhile, gently squeeze most of the water out of the spinach and place it in a large bowl.
  3. When the onion and scallions are done, add them to the spinach. Mix in the eggs, Parmesan cheese, 3 tablespoons bread crumbs, the nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Gently fold in the feta and pine nuts.
  4. Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough flat on a work surface with the long end in front of you. Brush the dough lightly with butter and sprinkle it with a teaspoon of bread crumbs. Working quickly, slide another sheet of phyllo dough on top of the first, brush it with butter, and sprinkle lightly with bread crumbs. (Use just enough bread crumbs so the layers of phyllo don't stick together.) Pile 4 layers total on top of each other this way, brushing each with butter and sprinkling with bread crumbs. Cut the sheets of phyllo in half lengthwise.
  5. Place 1/3 cup spinach filling on the shorter end and roll the phyllo up diagonally as if folding a flag. Then fold the triangle of phyllo over straight and then diagonally again. Continue folding first diagonally and then straight until you reach the end of the sheet. The filling should be totally enclosed.
  6. Continue assembling phyllo layers and folding the filling until all of the filling is used. Place on a sheet pan, seam sides down.You can make it to this point, cover and refrigerate for later.
  7. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with flaked salt, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the phyllo is browned and crisp. Serve hot.

Notes

You can make these ahead and bake before dinner.

Adapted from Ina Garten

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 988Total Fat 66gSaturated Fat 32gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 30gCholesterol 258mgSodium 2075mgCarbohydrates 75gFiber 6gSugar 5gProtein 26g
All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.

What recipe have you made successfully that you were intimated by? 

 

26 Comments

  1. Looks so yummy! These would be great for a party

  2. I have to say I’ve never tried using phyllo dough, this would be a great recipe to try! I’m a little intimidated by brioche dough, I haven’t tried making brioche.

  3. I’d never heard of Spanakopita until now. After looking at the recipe, and the finished dish, I so want to try it. It looks delicious.

  4. These are something I really like!! We have a different name for them here, but it really doesn’t matter. They taste soooooooooo GOOD, especially with spinach 🙂

  5. I want to make Ina Garten’s Spanakopita recipe! It does not look that hard, and looks like a very good dish to make for my whole family! I just love this recipe-thanks for sharing.

  6. I’ve never had spanakopita! That sounds so good. Need to give it a go.

  7. Mmmmmm, these look so tasty and not has hard to make as I would have thought!

  8. I have made spanakopita but not like this. I want to try it though. Looks like a great way to keep bite sized pieces.

  9. I was just introduced to Greek Food a couple of years ago by a good friend of mine. This looks yummy and I can’t wait to try it.

  10. I love Greek food but had not heard of Spanakopita before. It looks absolutely delicious!

  11. I love Greek food too. We get something like this when we go to Reading Market, but I have never tried to make one before.

  12. Wow! This looks amazing! I just love how flaky the crust looks!

  13. I’ve never had these before, but it looks amazing! Anything wrapped in phyllo dough can’t be bad, though.

  14. I’ve never had this before! It looks really good!

  15. Spanakopita? I have never heard of it. It looks like a scone!

  16. I’ve never tried these before. Thanks for sharing this recipe that looks easy enough for me to try.

  17. These look SO yummy. I love spanakopita. Good stuff. Thanks for sharing the recipe1

  18. They do look amazing. I love how flaky the outside is, but it still looks light. I’d try my hand at making these.

  19. Yum this is my kind of meal. I’d love to make this for myself!

  20. Oh my these look so good. I must try them.

  21. I love Greek food! We made it once for a culturally diverse “Thanksgiving” and it was really good, but a very complicated recipe. This is a much better recipe and offers easier directions to follow!

  22. I love spanakopita!! I can’t wait to try making my own at home!

  23. Yum! I want this now! What a great way to get kids to eat veggies too!

  24. I haven’t eaten anything all day as yet and just looking at this is making me super hungry. They look really yummy and I’d love to give them a try.

  25. These look so impressive!!! I would have thought they were way too difficult to make at home, but they definitely seem doable! We love Greek food, too.

  26. Those sound amazing. I just had my first spanakopita about a month ago and LOVED it.

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