Spanako-what? It’s Greek for spinach pie, the light crunchy outside compliments the gooey inside perfectly. If you are in the mood for something new, give this a shot. Dom and I love this little show called Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and this recipe was featured on an episode. It’s almost like you could taste it through the TV. Of course I made a few changes, but you seriously won’t notice. Look at all these yummy ingredients, I’m drooling on the keyboard as I type.
3 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
3 small bunches of scallions, white and green parts, chopped
1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp black pepper and 1/4 tsp kosher salt
3 pounds spinach, rinsed and chopped
12 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
3 large eggs
1 pound phyllo dough sheets
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
So here comes the fun. Put your olive oil in a large pot on medium high heat. Throw in the onion and stir until translucent. Now toss in scallions, dill, nutmeg, pepper and salt. It should look like this.
Once cooked through, maybe 5 minutes, put this green goo aside in a large bowl. Now get another big pot. Fill it with water and toss in some salt. Bring to a rolling boil. Throw in your spinach a little at a time and stir. You want it to get soft, but still be bright green, so boil about 5 minutes.
Now drain the water out. Rinse in cold water until you can handle the spinach. Grab a bunch and squeeze out all the liquid you can. Throw into the onion/dill mixture and repeat until all the spinach is done. Add the feta and the eggs.Make sure to taste the feta before it touches the eggs, you know, to make sure it’s not poisonous 🙂
Mix this goup completely. Now preheat oven to 350 degrees. Here is where the fun begins. Melt the butter. Open the phyllo dough. Brush the 9×13 in baking pan with butter. Lay down a sheet of the dough, and brush it with butter. MMMM butter ( in my best Homer Simpson voice)
Now evenly spread the veg mix on top.
Rinse and repeat. Finish with the dough on top and butter it! Now cut into slices, do exactly how I did it or else.
Sprinkle the top with water. If you don’t do this, the layers will separate, your spanakopita will overcook, and it will taste like doo doo. DO NOT FORGET THIS. Did you sprinkle with water yet, did you????
Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. You want the top to be crunchy, so check after an hour.
Your finished product should look like this.
After having unassuming victims test try your creation, your pan should look empty like this. And if you are a constant klutz like yours truly, you will obtain a battle wound from the pan as I did.
Adapted from the cookbook, Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. I sucked all the fun out by removing half the butter and cheese. Try this recipe, let me know how it went.