Last weekend I celebrated my birthday in the sunshine (seems like a long time ago now!) and decided to make some yummy snacks before my family came round. These Greek snacks (officially called spanakopitakia) went down very well indeed so I thought I'd share the recipe. They are perfect for summer picnics.
(Note, I improvise when cooking so the amounts are a bit approximate!)
350g filo pastry sheets
A bunch of spring onions, chopped
One pack of feta cheese
A small bag of spinach, chopped
Salt & pepper
1. Preheat the oven to around 200 C. Heat the olive oil in a pan, then add the spring onions and fry until soft.
2. Next add the spinach and fry until the spinach is wilted.
3. In a bowl, beat the eggs together then add chopped feta to the mixture and season well.
4. Cut the filo pastry into rectangular strips and brush with melted butter. (Note, I do not own a pastry brush so attempted this by dabbing them with a buttery spoon. This is very messy so I recommend buying a pastry brush if you don't have one!)
5. Here's the slightly tricky bit! Add some feta/spinach mixture to middle of the strips and fold into triangular shapes. (Some of the online recipes explain in more detail how to achieve triangles, but that ended up confusing me further so I winged it a bit!) Some of mine came out a little less than triangular, but don't worry too much as they looked better when cooked.
6. Place the parcels onto a greased baking sheet and bake for around 20mins or until browned. Yum!