These spinach and feta pastries are a delicious treat for any day of the week!
Spanakopitta is a Greek name for spinach and cheese pastries.
Because filo pastry is fat free, you can get the lovely crispness of pastry without loads of calories.
They are not difficult to make as individual triangles, but if you prefer you could make one large pie using the four sheets of pastry overlapping each other.
- 4 sheets filo pastry
- 2 cups spinach leaves
- 2 shallots or 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 100g feta cheese, chopped or crumbled
- 1 tblsp coriander leaves, chopped
- 1 egg, beaten
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tblsp olive oil
- Heat oven to 200c.
- Heat 1/2 tblsp oil in a frying pan and gently sauté the shallots or onion until softened but not coloured.
- Wash the spinach well and put into a saucepan with the water that clings to it.
- Cover and cook gently until tender.
- Strain through a sieve, pressing out all the liquid, then turn out onto a board and chop roughly.
- Add the shallots, feta cheese, beaten egg, coriander leaves, freshly grated nutmeg and black pepper and mix well.
- Work with one single sheet of filo pastry at a time, keeping the remainder wrapped up.
- Cut the sheet of pastry into 4 equal strips.
- Add a spoonful of spinach mixture at one end and turn into triangles.
- Put onto a lightly oiled baking sheet.
- Continue until the mixture is used up - should make 16.
- Brush the outside of the pastries very lightly with olive oil.
- Bake for about 10 minutes until golden.
- Serve with a mixed salad with black olives.
- Each Spanakopitta is 50 calories (kcals). A serving of 4 with mixed salad and a balsamic dressing would be under 250 kcals.