Spanakopita, must be the most popular Greek street food.  The most simplest form of spanakopita is that made with store bought phyllo.  However, in Greece you will enjoy amazing spanakopitas with homemade phyllo and the filling is the most aromatic, as we use herbs unique to Greece.

As with tyropita (cheese pie), there are many types of  spanakopita -spinach pie - in Greece, as well as a combination of both called Spanakotyropita, or when there is less spinach (or none at all)  and more greens, it is called hortopita.

These kind of foods are staples in Greek cooking so every now and then I make a spanakopita or a tyropita  and each time I make one, I rarely follow the same recipe twice as the variety of greens and herbs is so wide that each time, depending on what I buy at the farmers” market, I make a new kind.

The whole philosophy behind Greek pittes was with a few ingredients they had in their garden to make good use of them and make a pitta (pie).  They all had a few chickens in their back yard, so they always had eggs and most of them had a few goats or sheep to get milk and make their own dairy products.

The other important factor to make a spanakopita different is the phyllo.  There is nothing like homemade phyllo, without of course wanting to say that ready made phyllo is not good.  When I used to work and did not have time to make phyllo from scratch, I used to make it with phyllo croustas, that is the same phyllo we use to make baklavas, or with puff pastry.   Now that I am at home and have a lot of time I rarely make it with store bought phyllo but during Lent when I was planning to make a Nistisimi Spanakopita (that is the Lenten version without cheese and eggs) when I woke up in the morning I had a terrible backache and of course making phyllo from scratch was out of the question.  As I had already bought all the other ingredients from the farmers” market the previous day and all the herbs were already washed and ready to be used, I made the spanakopita with a store bought phyllo using the type called «horiatiko» village type, which is ideal for pies.  This phyllo is quite thick so there are only 6 sheets in each packet, so I used three below and three above the filling, each phyllo generously brushed with olive oil.

As spanakopita owes a lot of its taste to the cheese and eggs, making a pie with only spinach and a couple of aromatic herbs would still make a good spanakopita but in order to get the wow factor and  make it  really tasty, you need a lot of herbs and a variety of greens.

The variety of cheeses may also be different and I’ve made spanakopita and tyropita using feta, xynomyzithra, anthotyro, graviera, even halloumi.  The last cheese I have used is Katiki Domokou and any Greek cheese used is absolutely delicious.

This vegan pie is very healthy as all the greens especially the wild greens are a great source of nutrients.  Pies are dominating in the Mediterranean Diet as they contain vitamins, antioxidants, flavonoids and  fiber.  Combined with whole wheat and olive oil in the dough a piece of pie is a very nutricious snack.

However, since kafkalithres (hartwort – tortdlium apulum) and myronia (shepherd’s needles – scandix pecten veneris) may not be available in your country, improvise with any aromatic herbs you can get in your country.  The variety of herbs and greens are up to you and depending on what you like best.

A different kind of spanakopita is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!

Ever since I made this Lenten spanakopita, I have made it a few more many times again always using leeks and fennel, as they add a fantastic taste.   The last time I made it again was yesterday but this time I decided to try a whole wheat phyllo.    So if you want a healthier version of spanakopita I can assure you that It tasted just as good and it makes a very nutritious snack.

Whole Wheat Spanakopita from scratch – Recipe by Ivy

Preparation time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Baking:1 hour

Serves:6 (as a main dish)

Ingredients:

750

Grams

Spinach

5

Big

Spring onions (only white part), finely chopped

2

medium

Leeks, finely chopped

½

Cup

Olive oil

1

Cup

Parsley, finely chopped

¾

Cup

Dill, finely chopped

¾

Cup

Fennel fronds, finely chopped

½

Cup

Fresh oregano, finely chopped

3

Eggs

300

Grams

Feta

100

Grams

Katiki Domokou (or feta)

Salt and pepper

extra

Olive oil to brush

Directions

1.

See step-by-step instructions how to make dough and phyllo here.Substitute all-purpose flour with whole-wheat flour.

2.

Wash spinach and while wet bring to a boil and reduce heat until it wilts.Drain and remove excess water.

3.

In a large skillet heat the olive oil and sauté the leeks, then add the spring onions and sauté until translucent.Add spinach and mix.Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

4.

Mix in all herbs.

5.

Crumble feta and add to the mixture as well as katiki and mix in the eggs.

6.

Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

7.

Brush tin with olive oil and preheat oven at 180 degrees C (350F).

8.

Roll out phyllo into a 25 x 25 cm sheet and place a generous amount of filling on one side. Make a roll and press each side to seal in the filling. Then twist both ends towards opposite direction pulling and stretching it to the size of your tin.

9.

Place each roll in the tin and continue the same procedure with the remaining mixture.

10.

Brush phyllo with olive oil and bake until golden brown.


This is not over.  I still have another recipe which needs to be mentioned:  A “Spanakopita» Omelette.   The previous time I made spanakopita I had some leftover filling and I made it into an omelette.   This was THE best omelette I ever ate and I was planning to send it to Nuria’s event.  However, there was a problem with the memory card of my camera and I lost all the photos I took that day.

This is not an omelette you can do every day because of the many ingredients it has in it but when you make spanakopita, keep some filling and make this omelette and you won’t regret it.

Yesterday, I kept some filling on purpose to recreate the omelette.

Spinach Omelette – Recipe by Ivy

 

Cooking time:10 minutes

Serves:1

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of spanakopita filling
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper.

Directions:

  1. After heating the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan (24 cm),  sauté the mixture for five minutes, mixing continuously.
  2. Beat the eggs and add the pepper.  Then pour it on top of the spinach mixture.
  3. When it sets, remove it to a plate and then invert it in the pan again until it is ready.

My Lenten recipe of Spanakopita goes to Sweatha, of Experiments, Emotions, Experiences with Food, for her event Food in Colours, created by Harini, of Tongue Ticklers.  The colour I have chosen is GREEN.

You can find many Greek recipes in my cookbook «More Than A Greek Salad», and «Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!» both available on all Amazon stores.  

Other relevant recipes:

Vegan  black beans Spanakopita

 

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Χωρίς σχόλια on Homemade Spanakopita from Scratch

  1. Ο/Η Rosa λέει:

    Mmmhhh, that’s something I adore! Your spanakopita looks gorgeous and ever so good! Drool…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Ο/Η Peter G λέει:

    Oh! I do like the healthy wholemeal version Ivy! Personally, I prefer the spanakopita without cheese so a nice healthy version is so perfect! Bravo..a really educational and informative post.

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  3. Ο/Η elly λέει:

    A delicious looking classic, Ivy. I have always wanted to make my own phyllo, but I’m scared! :)

  4. Ο/Η rachel λέει:

    It nice to lean about different cuisines…I have only devoured this but never got around to making this…Other than feta.we don’t get the remaining cheeses out here…

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  5. Ο/Η Angie's Recipes λέει:

    I love this. In Turkish restaurants or snack shops here, one can also find something similar ….whole wheat filo pastry is for sure worth a try!

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  6. Ο/Η Angie's Recipes λέει:

    Gotta google now to find out what the following items are……..

    Silverbeet
    Kafkalithres (hartwort)
    Katiki Domokou
    Myronia (Shepherd’s Nettles)

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  7. Ο/Η anudivya λέει:

    I never realized that phyllo was something that could be made at home. But I like the ease of using readymade phyllo sheets like you did in this spanakopita.

    anudivya’s last blog post..Low-Calorie Sweet Semolina Balls (Rava Laddu)

  8. Ο/Η Parita λέει:

    Spanakopita looks delicious..i have never made these at home..using whole wheat flour makes them healthy and plus lots of green veggies in it..perfect :)

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  9. Ο/Η Niki λέει:

    Whole Wheat phyllo??? No way!!! That’s a must try for next time!
    And I love they way you wrapped them, we usually make them in a pan like the lenten version, or we wrap individual ones (soooo long of a process), but I love the long wraps. I’m gonna have to try it that way next time!

  10. Ο/Η Peter λέει:

    I don’t think anything is more universally eaten and loved by Greeks than tyropita and spanakopita. A snack, a meal, a side dish…all delicious.

    Peter’s last blog post..Bouyiourdi (Μπουγιουρντί)

  11. Ο/Η Lubna Karim λέει:

    Oh wow something new to me…..looks lovely…….Spinach and onion stuff sounds yum…

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  12. Ο/Η Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen λέει:

    This looks so good Ivy, and I am sure it is a cure for anything that might be ailing you! Have a great weekend!

  13. Ο/Η Maria λέει:

    Lovely versions of spanakopita Ivy. The leeks and fennel are definitely a great addition and take the normal spanakopita to another level. Kalo Savvato-Kyriako!

  14. Ο/Η Vij λέει:

    Hi ivy
    How r u doing?Howz the book coming along.

    I am finally back to blogging after a long break.

    Lovely post n clicks!

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  15. Ο/Η Sylvia λέει:

    I love it, wait for me for dinner :)I love your version

  16. Ο/Η lisaiscooking λέει:

    This sounds like a delicious version of spanakopita! The greens and the fennel sound great. I’m not very familiar with Greek cheeses, but I’d love to learn by tasting.

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  17. Ο/Η Lisa λέει:

    One of these days I must try making this favoured dish. The vegan version is especially intriguing. All those greens and herbs sound wonderful paired together.

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  18. Ο/Η Soma λέει:

    Fabulous! This looks easy & healthy & delicious. Would make wonderful snack bites for a party too. I might try this out soon.

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  19. Ο/Η Shambo λέει:

    I really enjoyed reading about the Lenten spanakopita. Made with whole wheat phyllo, it sounds so healthy and tasty too. The natural foods section of my local grocery store carries a whole wheat frozen version of phyllo.

    I’ve never attempted homemade phyllo. My grandmother used to make it, paper thin. And being the silly child that I was, I thought it was hilarious to poke a whole in it. Now I know better.

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  20. Ο/Η Adam λέει:

    Thanks for the sweet message Ivy!

    So, I have a graduation party last weekend… and guess what app we have? Spanakopita! Cool, right?

    However, yours blows away the ones we had. I think it’s the phyllo, or that sweet Greek touch you have. It looks great :)

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  21. Ο/Η Cakelaw λέει:

    This looks delicious Ivy. I am glad to see that you gave instructions for using ready made phyllo, because I am not ready to climb that mountain yet!

  22. Ο/Η Natasha - 5 Star Foodie λέει:

    I love spanakopita! This looks so delicious! I’ve never made it at home but I would really like to try. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  23. Ο/Η Kevin λέει:

    Spanakopita is so good! I like the roll shapes and I will have to try making them into rolls next time. The perfect excuse to make some soon. :)

  24. Ο/Η CurryLeaf λέει:

    HEARTY THANKS FOR THE WHOLESOME ENTRY.I could never get phyllo so I tried spanakopita with puff pastry.Never knew it could be made from scratch and that too whole wheat.Hearty Thanks for the vegan entry.The roll shape is beautiful

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  25. Ο/Η sunshinemom λέει:

    Never seen so many greens together in a single dish! The combination of the greens is new to me. In Indian recipes dill is used by itself or in combination with bengal gram but never with other greens, so I am really intrigued by your recipe. Looks so delicious too!

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  27. Ο/Η Heni λέει:

    I love your method of filling the dough with the greens then twisting it. Genius!

  28. Ο/Η Heni λέει:

    I love your method of filling the dough with the greens then twisting it. Genius!

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  29. Ο/Η Heni λέει:

    I just made your recipe last night for dinner Ivy. I had to modify it somewhat since I didn’t have all the herbs. But even thou it turned out soooooo delicious. 10thumbs up from my family. I liked spanakopita before, after making your way it’s just a whole other even better dish.
    I served it with tzatziki and grilled kofta … thought that would go nice with … Mmm going to try some of your cherry and the yoghurt cheesecake recipe =)

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    Have bookmarked this recipe. So want to make it.
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    All the items looks so spicy . i think there is a lot of things to learn from this blog.

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  41. Ο/Η Claire λέει:

    Whole Wheat Spanakopita from scratch is mine favorite dish….i request you that please upload some recipes…

  42. Ο/Η Benfinn101 λέει:

    I used three below and three above the filling, each phyllo generously brushed with olive oil. ..

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