Greece would have to be one of my favourite countries. I have wonderful memories of the Greek Islands and the food. Greek yoghurt and honey for breakfast, dolmades and stuffed peppers for lunch and spanakopita (spinach pie) for dinner. I remember it all, and it was wonderful, but apart from stuffed peppers I’ve never made Greek food.
So, fast forward to last weekend. I was expecting guests and had a hankering for spanakopita. So as you do, I visited YouTube for the visual delight of seeing it made. I was impressed. I quickly scribbled out the recipe and went shopping. I was so impressed in fact, that I decided to make two – one for my guests and one for the freezer.
I spent half a day chopping and crumbling – there was a mountain of baby spinach to destalk and chop, and another mountain of feta to crumble. I followed the recipe to the letter, and when it came out of the oven, it looked fabulous! It even looked fabulous on the plate… that was until we tasted it. My guests were very polite and ate it, but for me, it was so overpoweringly salty, I couldn’t stomach it. So sadly, what was left went in the bin as did the spanakopita that was in the freezer.
Not to be beaten though, I decided to make spinach triangles with the remaining ingredients. I did a little research and came up with my own low-salt recipe, and the result was perfect. Exactly as I imaged the spinach pie should taste. So here’s my recipe…
- 1 packet of filo pastry
- 250 g baby spinach
- 10-12 baby spring onions
- 250 g soft creamy ricotta
- 50-75 g of full fat feta
- Milk to soak the feta
- ½ cup grated cheddar or tasty cheese
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- Melted butter or olive oil to brush filo
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven temperature to 180 degrees Celsius
- Place the feta in a bowl of milk and allow to soak. This is to reduce the salt. If you like it salty, then miss this step
- Finely slice the baby spring onions
- Destalk the baby spinach and finely chop
- Add the spinach, spring onions, ricotta and grated cheese to a large bowl
- Crumble in the feta and mix well with your hands
- Taste and season for salt and pepper, then mix through the lightly beaten eggs
- Place two sheets of filo onto the bench, brush lightly with olive oil or melted butter and cut into three lengthwise strips
- Place a spoonful of the mixture onto a corner of the filo strip making a triangle and keep folding the triangle over till all the filo is used
- Brush the triangles with olive oil or melted butter and place on a tray covered with sprayed baking paper
- Bake for 25 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius
Enjoy and happy cooking!
Inara Hawley © 2018