When I wrote my round-up of all the fabulous Greek dishes mentioned in When The Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon (read my review of the book here), I couldn't decide which one to try for the #readcookeat challenge because they all sounded divine ! In the end, I opted for Spanakopita, a spinach and feta filo pie. It's usually a vegetarian dish, but I added some bacon to keep Madhouse Daddy happy because French people just don't do vegetarian food ! I also couldn't get hold of feta so I used mozzarella and I replaced filo with brick, but in spite of all my changes, it was still a resounding success. The kids first turned their noses up when they saw it on the plate, but after tempting them to taste a mouthful, they wolfed it down and asked for seconds !
250g bacon lardons or pancetta
1 large onion, chopped
400g spinach, fresh or frozen
10cl crème fraîche
1tbsp Garlic Italian Seasoning (or any herbs of your choice)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
150g mozzarella or feta
6 sheets filo or brick
melted butter or cooking mist
Gently fry the onion and bacon.
Add the spinach and cook, stirring, for a few minutes. Add the cream and heat, stirring, until it is all blended and the cream has reduced. Add the eggs and cook, stirring, for a further 2 minutes. Dot over the cheese and leave on a very low heat for a couple of minutes until it melts.
Add the seasoning (and salt if needed - the bacon made it salty enough for us), stir and leave to cool.
Prepare the filo. Place three sheets on top of each other, brushing melted butter on top of each sheet (or I used Lurpak Cooking Mist) before adding the next one.
I originally planned on folding it all in on itself to make a sealed rectangular pastry pie, but the brick sheets were slightly too small so I left them unfolded and spread the spinach mixture over the total surface. Place three more filo sheets, as before, on top.
Spray/brush the top sheet with butter and place in a preheated oven at 180° for 15-20 minutes until it's golden brown and crispy.
Chop into slices and serve with salad and tomatoes. (I also added a pouch of microwavable rice on the side, in case the kids didn't like it, but this wasn't really needed in the end.)
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