Spring vegetable spanakopita
How to make spanakopita, the classic Greek filo pie of spinach, feta and herbs, even tastier than it already is? Simply add more veg!
2 medium, trimmed, washed and thinly sliced
200 gm(s), trimmed and cut into 3cm lengths
2 clove(s), large, finely chopped
Frozen green peas
1 tbsp(s), chopped
Fresh mint leaves
1 tbsp(s), chopped
Reduced-fat feta cheese
4 oz, crumbled
2 large egg(s), lightly beaten
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a large frying pan with cooking spray and fry the leeks and asparagus over a medium heat for 7-8 minutes until tender. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Put the spinach and peas into a colander set over the sink and pour over a full kettle of boiling water. Leave for 2 minutes, then use the back of a spoon to press out as much liquid from the spinach as possible.
- Put all of the vegetables into a mixing bowl, season to taste then stir in the herbs, feta and eggs. Set aside.
- Spray a 18cm loose-bottomed cake pan with cooking spray, then arrange a sheet of filo so it covers the base and sides of the pan. Mist again and repeat with 4 more sheets of filo, making sure to cover the whole surface area of the pan. Spoon in the veggie mixture, then scrunch the remaining filo over the top and mist with cooking spray. Fold any overhang of filo over the edges of the pan, then bake for 35-40 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden – loosely cover the pan with kitchen foil if the pastry starts to brown too much before the cooking time is up.
- Let the pie cool in the cake pan slightly, before cutting into quarters to serve.
This is the perfect dish for on-the-go and is just as delicious served hot or cold. Keep it in the cake pan, covered with a reusable lid or plastic wrap. That way you can serve it straight from the pan or reheat it in an oven if you'd prefer!