Spanakopitas

I realized I needed to share some of my favorite Greek recipes seeing as my Grandma lives in Greece and I too am Greek.  She has shown my family so many authentic recipes that are just delicious.

Spanakopitas being one of my favorites! I went home to visit this last weekend for my baby shower and to see my family.  My mom and I decided to crank out some Spanakopitas for dinner!

SPANAKOPITAS
yield: 24 spanakopitas

3 (9 oz.) boxes frozen spinach, thawed
1 1/3 cup green onion chopped
7 eggs
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3 cups feta cheese, crumbled
¼ cup dried parsley
1 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp salt
¼ cup olive oil
1 package Phyllo Dough-Thawed at room temperature  **Very important it is completely at room temperature to work with**

Now to better help you make these, I am going to do my best at step-by-step instructions.  I wrote these instructions myself, so if they don’t make sense, email me and I will help you as best as I can.

Directions

1.  Drain thawed spinach, squeezing out excess water.
2.  Add green onion, eggs, mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, dried parsley, pepper, salt and olive oil to spinach and mix together with a spoon.

3.  Spray 2 cookie sheets with Pam and preheat oven to 370 F
4.  Cut phyllo sheets in half length wise.  Be very careful.  This is very fragile dough and will break easily if not handled with care. With the dough you aren’t using right away, cover with a light towel, lightly wet hands and pat towel to keep them from drying out.  You don’t want to much water on the towel though because it will ruin your dough.

5.  Layer 3 layers of phyllo dough, spreading a light amount of oil on each of the phyllo strips to hold them together. 

6.  Place a spoonful of spinach mixture onto a corner of the dough.

7.  Fold up according to the chart below, to create a triangle. 

8.  Place on pan so that they are not touching one another.  You should be able to get about 12 spanakopitas on a pan.  Something along the lines of the picture below.  Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the pan, but this should give you an idea of how to place them on the cookie sheet.

9.  Mix one egg with a little bit of water until completely blended.  Using a pastry brush, spread a little bit of the egg mixture over each spanakopita.
10.  Bake at 370 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Enjoy!

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  1. 1

    I love spanakopitas! I have to try your recipe :)Thanks for sharing!Veronica

  2. 2

    Those look amazing! Definitely going to have to try them.

  3. 3

    These look delicious! bookmarking for a day when I have no kids underfoot, though:) We love all these ingredients!

  4. 4

    I've been wondering what I'd do with my package of phyllo dough in the freezer…now I know! I saw these on Top Chef last week but you make it look doable.

  5. 5

    Following back from the hop. .I love to cook so I am looking forward to getting to know you thru your blog.

  6. 6

    These look delicious, thanks for sharing! I will have to try making them!

  7. 7

    My absolute favorite Greek food! Thanks for sharing I will have to try this

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    I love Greek food and Spanikopita is at the top of my list! Bookmarking this one.danielle

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    this looks so yummy! i am book marking this one!!

  10. 10

    Last time I used phyllo, we fought, and the phyllo won. http://www.artfoodlifeblog.com/2011/05/bucket-list-88-baklava/I am scared to try again! But this might be worth it :) I am definitely bookmarkingand really, 7 eggs?! I didn't even realize that Spanikopita had any eggs in it.Erin @ Art+Food+Life

  11. 11

    Oh yummy, yum, yum, yum!! I love spanokopita & you make it look really do-able.Thank you for visiting my blog & following… right back at ya!! :-)

  12. 12

    This looks delicious! I love spinach and phyllo dough. I might have to give this a try. Thanks for stopping by my site. I am now a follower.

  13. 13

    Looks great..must try since i like spinach as well..following you back and thanks for the follow

  14. 14

    Wow that looks soooo good! Is there a cheese you can use instead of feta? Following you back from http://lemondropsdreamtoo.blogspot.com/ Thanks for stopping by… feel free to send some friends my way ♥

  15. 15

    New follower! I'm sending my husband over here. He is our chef and he needs some new recipes! Can't wait to try some of these yummy foods on here.

  16. 16

    the food looks deliciously gorgeous and so does your blog! LOVE your header. thanks for visiting my blog, too. http://iheartpurplestuff.blogspot.com

  17. 17

    Now they look TASTY! I'm definitely going to try them!Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!Hope you have a great week!Jill @ Creating my way to Successhttp://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  18. 18

    Great detailed post…opahhh!

  19. 19

    YUM Nikki. These look divine.

  20. 20

    Hello Nikki,I love spanakopita. Great way to help the kids eat their veggies.Thanks for the follow. I am now following you, too.

  21. 21

    I love Greek food and will have to try this.

  22. 22

    Newest follower here and Twitter, returning some blog love!Thanks for visiting and everything looks so yummy!Jennwww.lilyboxing.blogspot.com

  23. 23

    Yum, Yum!I'm your newest follower from the blog hop … :0)

  24. 24

    These look so wonderful. I cannot wait to try them. What a great post. Easy to follow instructions.

  25. 25

    I've had frozen Spanakopitas, but didn't really like them because they were dry. Homemade is always better, and yours look very moisty and yummy. I bet I'd like yours! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  26. 26

    YUM! Another must-try! My husband would love this one, I'm sure!

  27. 27

    I've tried to get on board with cooked spinach, but my taste buds won't allow it. On the other hand, I can tear up some tiropita! I made them for Easter this year. YUM!

  28. 28

    Looks yummy. Cant wait to try it.

    Loreen

  29. 29

    Oh! These look really delicious!! Thanks for sharing!

  30. 30

    mmmm love me some spanakopitas, but i've never dared to make them myself. You make this look easy so I'm pinning this to my pinterest board to make in the future! :)

    Katie from Katie's Cucina!

  31. 31

    YES!! Delicious-my Mother in law made these for a family gathering. I loved them!!

  32. 32
    Andrea Brand says:

    Thank you for this recipe! My ALL TIME favourite restaurant is a Greek restaurant, where the spanakopitas are amazing. I'll have to try to make them now!

  33. 33
    Danielle says:

    I wanted to let you know that I featured this recipe in my "What I bookmarked This Week" Post. Stop by and grab a button!

    danielle
    http://mostlyfoodandcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-i-bookmarked-this-week_18.html

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    shopannies says:

    these look awesome and I love recipe like this to share with the teens they are so easy to eat come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  35. 35
    allison @ itstoilegood.blogspot.com says:

    These are a MUST try! They look amazing too! Featuring this yummy treat on WWWW tomorrow! Thanks for linking and your continued support of WWWW!

  36. 36

    Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe with us. I hope you will come over tomorrow and share more of your delicious recipes with us at Cast Party Wednesday. http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.comI hope to see you there!

  37. 37

    This looks like the perfect recipe for spanakopitas! I can't wait to try it!Thank you for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me…". You're one of this week's features: http://www.rookno17.com/2011/06/perfect-vegetarian-summer-menu.htmlBest, Jenn

  38. 38

    Oooh, I love spanakopitas!!Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!!I hope to see you again tomorrow!xoxo,Vanessa

  39. 39

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  40. 40

    Just found your blog – we've been going through your recipes this week making one dish after another. We have a large family & I was wondering if you might be able to recommend how to adapt this recipe so that I can save some time. I'd like to use the phylo sheets flat without folding them & place them in a casserole like dish. Thank you for the fun & delicious recipes!!~Teressa

  41. 41

    Followed your recipe tonight. Just made 24 Spanikopitas and they turned out amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  42. 42

    I ‘ve been following you for some months now. I love your recipies and your photos are amazing! I am Greek living in Greece and I would like to add something, try some dill at the stuffing, it takes it to another level. :)