Fresh from the Garden Spinach Phyllo Pie (Spanakopita)
Spinach is always in season, but as spring reaches full bloom in North America, expect to see many varieties of these greens at the grocery store or farmers market. It’s a great time to experiment with new dishes and learn to work spinach into more of your meals.
Spinach is one of the healthiest foods in the world — it’s very low in calories but very high in important nutrients that most Americans don’t get enough of.
One cup of cooked spinach contains only 41 calories, but delivers 987% vitamin K and 105% of your daily recommended intake, according to World’s Healthiest Foods. It’s also high in calcium, vitamin B2 and B6, and iron. Best of all, you can stir spinach into almost anything!
This Greek spinach Phyllo dish is filled with spinach and is perfect served with tzatziki dip or another yogurt-based dip of your choice. You can serve it as an appetizer or a main dish.
The recipe makes 5 individual serving pies.
Pro tip: Phyllo dough can be easier to work with if you allow proper time to defrost and soften it. If it’s frozen, make sure you defrost for at least 5 hours before you attempt to work with it. Keep the layers of Phyllo soft by keeping them moist — a light cooking spray, preferably olive oil based, should be kept on hand and sprayed between sheets as you mold them.