Prep 25 mins
Cook 45 mins
You could make small triangles, brush them with butter and them freeze them in a freezer bags if you like, to use them at a later time
- 1 kg spinach (I use fresh, but frozen and thawed would probably work)
- 1 package frozen puff pastry or 1 package phyllo pastry
- 250 g Greek feta cheese
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- olive oil (for frying)
- 1 onion
- garlic (as much as you like or not)
- 2 -3 eggs (optional. I don't use eggs)
- 4 -5 sprigs fresh dill (optional)
- salt and pepper
- Combine butter and olive oil in large heavy pan and fry onion and garlic until soft.
- Wash and drain spinach and remove thick stalks, then blanch for a minute or two in boiling water.
- Add blanched spinach to onion and garlic mix and cook for further 5 minutes or so.
- Spinach should be deep green colour and stalks should be tender.
- Add eggs (I use no eggs, but the traditional receipe calls for them) and dill.
- Crumble feta into pan and stir well for a minute or two.
- Eggs should be cooked by then.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Butter baking pan.
- If using phyllo, separate sheets, and brush each sheet individually with melted butter.
- Use 15-20 sheets, and overlap them, making sure that sheets hang well over the edge of the pan.
- If using short-crust or puff pastry, roll out a sheet big enough to line pan with plenty hanging outside.
- If making bite-sized pies cut squares approximately 2 1/12" square.
- Drain spinach mixture by pressing lightly and allowing liquid to drain into a cup or bowl.
- The filling should not be too wet or the pastry gets mushy.
- It should also not be too dry or the pie is not juicy enough.
- Put filling into pastry and bring edges up to enclose filling.
- (Fill each bite-size square with a spoonfull or so, fold over pastry into a triangle).
- Seal by crimping, tucking in, or any means that work.
- Score the top lightly, not enough to reach filling, and brush with egg.
- Bake in moderate oven until pastry is golden and done.
- Good hot or cold.