Yummy Spinach!

Coming from a non-Greek family we call the spinach-stuffed filo-pastry triangles spinach pies, whereas at the yummy Greek restaurant down the road and most everywhere else, they’re called Spanikopita.triangular spinach pies on cooling rack

Last weekend I hosted a party where the conversation as the group lined up for food was: do you eat meat? vegetarian? or vegan? Luckily I knew ahead of time that this variety of eaters was arriving, so I could take into account the dietary preferences. We had lots of different food options with a few overlaps for ease.

An easy party food is always spinach pies, only making them vegan took a bit of creativity. I could have googled some recipes, but instead I decided to create my own. Here are the traditional recipe (a la my aunt), my new vegan version and the how-to’s:

Classic Spinach Pies

  • .2 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 can, condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 4 eggs
  • pinch of nutmeg to taste
  • 1 package of filo-pastry (contains 18 sheets)
  • melted butter for brushing

Combine first five ingredients in bowl. Once mixed proceed to fill filo-pastry triangles with a good tablespoon scoop of filling and brush with melted butter. Follow folding and baking instructions below.

bunch of spinachVegan Spinach Pies

  • 1 large leak, chopped
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ cup cooked brown rice
  • pepper and nutmeg to taste
  • 1 package of filo-pastry (contains 18 sheets)
  • melted butter flavoured Earth Balance for brushing

Saute leek, spring onion and zucchini in vegetable oil until soft. Add thawed and drained package of spinach and pre-cooked brown rice and seasoning to taste.

folding spinach piesFolding instructions for both recipes:

Using one box of fil0-pastry and a couple of tablespoons of melted Earth Balance or butter, brush edges and fold into triangles as pictured. Once folded, brush more butter on to tops and sides before putting in the oven. 

Bake at 375 until lightly golden; each oven is different for timing. making spanikopeda: folding spinach triangles into fill-pastry

Enjoy warmed. Pies freeze well and are easily re-heated. This recipe’s too good not to share – it might even rival the Greek place down the road! They are easy, healthy and impressive.

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