Best Spanakopita With Puff Pastry

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Are you a fan of Greek Spinach Pie? If so you’re going to love this easy recipe for Spanakopita With Puff Pastry. This dish is perfect for a light lunch or dinner and can be made ahead of time.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Crispy and Flavorful: The puff pastry gives a delightful crunch to the tangy spinach filling.
  • Easy to Follow: This recipe simplifies the traditional Greek dish without compromising on taste.
  • Versatile Dish: Perfect as a main course, appetizer, or a fancy snack.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Olive Oil: Used for sautéing the onions and garlic, it adds a subtle fruity undertone to the dish.
  • Onion and Green Onions: Provide a savory base, with the green onions adding a fresh, slightly sharp flavor.
  • Garlic: Enhances the overall flavor of the dish with its aromatic, pungent taste.
  • Fresh Spinach: The main ingredient in spanakopita puff pastry, spinach provides a slightly bitter, earthy flavor and a soft texture.
  • Eggs: Bind the filling together, ensuring it holds its shape within the pastry.
  • Ricotta Cheese: Offers a creamy, mild flavor that balances the saltiness of the feta and the bitterness of the spinach.
  • Feta Cheese: Adds a tangy, salty element that contrasts beautifully with the other ingredients.
  • Salt and Black Pepper: Enhance the flavors of all the other ingredients.
  • Fresh Dill Weed: Adds a fresh, slightly sweet and bitter flavor that complements the spinach and cheese.
  • Puff Pastry: Encases the filling, providing a flaky, buttery contrast to the soft, creamy filling.
Best Spanakopita With Puff Pastry ingredients.

How to Make Spanakopita With Puff Pastry?

Step One: Preheat Oven

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Step Two: Prepare Baking Dish

Line a 9 x 9 baking sheet with parchment paper. Spritz with nonstick cooking spray.

Step Three: Sauté Vegetables

In an extra-large skillet over medium heat, pour 3 tablespoons of olive oil and heat through. Add the onion, green onions, and garlic, cooking until the onions are soft. Add the spinach in batches, cooking until it wilts. Remove from heat.

cook the spinach

Step Four: Prepare Cheese Mixture

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together the eggs, ricotta cheese, feta cheese, salt, black pepper, and dill weed.

add all ingredients for mixtures

Step Five: Combine Mixtures

Stir the cheese mixture into the spinach mixture until well blended.

add the cheese into spinach mixture

Step Six: Assemble in Baking Dish

Place one baking sheet of puff pastry in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Add the spanakopita filling and top with the remaining sheet of puff pastry.

Step Seven: Final Touches Before Baking

Brush with the remaining olive oil.

top with sheet of puff pastry

Step Eight: Bake

Bake for 40 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown.

until the puff pastry is golden brown

Step Nine: Garnish & Serve

Garnish and serve warm.

Spinakopita with Puff Pastry

Cooking Tips

  • Thoroughly wash fresh spinach or squeeze out excess water from thawed frozen spinach to prevent soggy pastry.
  • Use block feta cheese for better flavor and texture; crumble it yourself for an authentic touch.

Variations

  • Cream Cheese: Can be added as an optional ingredient to enhance the creamy texture in Spanakopita made with puff pastry.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: For added flavor add some chopped cheery tomatoes to the egg mixture. It will contrast well with the feta inside the pie.

Substitutions

  • Frozen Spinach: You can use chopped frozen spinach as a substitute for fresh spinach in your puff pastry spanakopita. Best way to use frozen chopped spinach is to thaw it overnight first.
  • Baby Spinach: Feel free to use baby spinach in this recipe.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Store: You can store cooked spanakopita in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  • Freeze: Spanakopita can be frozen. It’s best to freeze it before baking, so that the phyllo dough doesn’t become soggy. Be sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. When you’re ready to enjoy your spanakopita, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and then bake it according to the recipe instructions.
  • Reheat: If reheating cooked spanakopita, place in the oven for 10-15 minutes until heated through.

What to Serve With This Recipe?

Spanakopita can be enjoyed hot or cold. If you’re serving it as an appetizer, cut it into small pieces so that each person can have a few bites. If you’re serving spanakopita as the main course, you can cut it into larger pieces or serve it whole.

  • Greek Salad: Crisp cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, and olives drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with oregano.
  • Lemon Chicken: Is a juicy and zesty dish that tastes great with the creamy and crispy Spanakopita with puff pastry.
  • Tzatziki Dip: Creamy yogurt, cucumber, and garlic dip, perfect for a refreshing contrast to the savory Spanakopita.
Spanakopita with Puff Pastry

FAQs

Can I Use Egg Wash To Brush Spanakopita Puffs?

Yes, you can use an egg wash to brush Spanakopita puffs for a glossy finish; simply apply the remaining egg wash evenly on top before baking.

Can I Use Homemade Puff Pastry for this Spinach Pie?

Yes, you can use homemade puff pastry for Spanakopita. Roll out the pastry dough on a lightly floured surface to create your pastry sheet.

Spinakopita with Puff Pastry

Spanakopita With Puff Pastry

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Spanakopita with puff pastry blends flaky layers with savory spinach and feta filling for a delightful twist on a Greek classic.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds fresh spinach
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 (5 ounce) container crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dill weed
  • 2 sheets puff pastry

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Line a 9 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper. Spritz with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In an extra-large skillet over medium heat, pour 3 tablespoons of olive oil and heat through. Add the onion, green onions, and garlic, cooking until the onions are soft. Add the spinach in batches, cooking until it wilts. Remove from heat.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together the eggs, ricotta cheese, feta cheese, salt, black pepper, and dill weed.
  5. Stir the cheese mixture into the spinach mixture until well blended.
  6. Place one sheet of puffs pastry in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Add the spinach mixture and top with the remaining sheet of puff pastry.
  7. Brush with the remaining olive oil.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown.
  9. Garnish and serve warm.

Notes

  • Thoroughly wash fresh spinach or squeeze out excess water from thawed frozen spinach to prevent soggy pastry.
  • Use block feta cheese for better flavor and texture; crumble it yourself for an authentic touch.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 438mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

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