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    Spinikopita recipe? Not a typo

    Wed Apr 17, 2002 2:52 am Groupie
    You may have heard of spanikopita, a greek savory pastry filled with cooked spinach and cheese in phyllo dough. What I am looking for is a recipe for something different called "spinikopita" which I ate tonight at a farmer's market food booth. It is a Greek dish, and I think it is probably a modern creation. A freshly made pita bread is filled with feta cheese and a some fresh baby spinach leaves that have been briefly wilted in olive oil, lemon juice, with some wilted onion slivers. It is rolled up like an enchilada or a sandwich wrap. The spinach was hardly cooked and tasted very lemony. These were amazing and completely sold out at the market. My daughter actually begged me to let her try one and she loved it - dd is 7 and generally not a fan of cooked spinach! Does anyone have a recipe for this? I may just try it out and see if I can get the proportions correct on the spinach filling - if I do, I'll try to write it down so I can add it to the database. But if someone already has this recipe written down, I'd love to add it to my collection. The homemade pita was also part of the "deliciousness" of this dish, by the way. I have never made homemade pita before and the taste is so much better than the "pita pockets" you buy in the store. These were much softer and reminded me very much of Indian naan bread, only cooked differently.
    Wed Apr 17, 2002 6:24 am Groupie
    The only simple way you could describe this recipe is that it is sometimes referred to as cheese pie - similar to a pizza.

    You start by making a simple bread dough with 1/2 bag of flour, 1 tsp salt, 2 cakes of yeast (or 4 tbsp dried yeast) and enough water to make a dough (about 1 1/2 cups) and a little vegetable oil. Kneed dough (breadmaker or dough hook on a mixer works well) and let rise until doubled in bulk. Seperate dough into two pieces. Roll out like a pizza and line a large cookie type pan with a 1/2" lip. Roll dough out over the edges of pan.

    Can make two different fillings. The style filling determines the name it is called. The three styles are called "Peta", "Burek" and "Spinikopita"

    Peta: 1 large container cottage cheese & 4 eggs
    4 bunches green onions (carefully washed and slice in small pieces).
    Saute green onions in some butter until soft. Mix with cheese, eggs and a little salt. Spread on top of bread dough. Roll out other half of bread dough and make a top. Pinch edges together to seal and brush with butter on top. Bake in hot oven @ 425 degrees for approx. 45 minutes or until brown underneath.

    Burek is the same filling only a different style top. The top is made with a strudle type with flakey layers of dough. This is where the skill comes in.
    A really good wife will learn to stretch the dough so thin that you can see through it and make many layers of fine dough. However, today we can purchase this fine dough in the deli section of the market and it is called Phylo dough. After you put the filling into the bottom dough, you begin layering the phylo dough over the top, making sure that you brush each layer with unsalted butter. Continue layering until you have about 10 layers. Pinch bottom dough over top edges to seal and bake as above.

    Spinikopita: Use same dough on bottom, phylo dough on top with about 10 layers, brushed with unsalted butter. The filling will be different.
    Filling: 1 large container cottage cheese, 4 eggs, little salt and approx 2-3 bunches fresh spinich. Parch the spinich in boiling water for about 1 minute and drain well. I put it in a clean towel and squeeze out all the extra moisture. Chop it pretty fine and add to filling mixture.
    Bake same as above.
    Wed Apr 17, 2002 6:19 pm Groupie
    Thank you B&B - the version I had was very different. I wasn't a casserole type thing - they simply sauteed the filling and rolled it into freshly made pitas. However - the recipes you posted sound very good too! I have copied out your info to try as well.
    Wed Apr 17, 2002 10:17 pm
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    If you search using pita you will find recipes for making pita which is very easy and much better than anything you can buy. *^-^*
    Sara 76
    Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:33 pm Groupie
    I just did a search of your recipes, heather, and you didn't end up listing the recipe for the wrap. Did you find a recipe already listed? I'd love to try it out if you did!
    As for the other posts, I am keen to try the cheese pie recipes! When we were in greece, I bought a cheese pie for lunch in a bakery on Mykonos. It was so delicious, and I am yet to find a recipe that matches the taste! If anyone has any other suggestions, that would be great icon_smile.gif
    Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:46 pm
    Forum Host
    Don't know if you ever found your spinikopita recipe, Heather, but pickings are pretty skimpy Googling it.

    Did you see this one: Greek Spinach Triangles
    Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:09 pm Groupie
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