Recipe for Greek Style Spinach Pie With Sesame Seeds

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Spinach pie, also known as Spanakopita, is one of the most popular dishes in Greek cuisine. However, recipes can vary depending on the family and region of Greece. This version uses sesame seeds to give it a distinct crunch and nutty flavor.

Greek Style Spinach Pie (Spanakopita) With Sesame Seeds Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 20 ounces fresh spinach, cleaned and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 large eggs, scrambled
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound feta, crumbled into small pieces
  • 2 teaspoons dried Greek oregano
  • 3 tablespoons fresh, chopped parsley
  • 1 pound filo pastry, defrosted overnight in the refrigerator
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup butter (1-2 sticks), melted
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds

How to Bake Greek Style Spinach Pie With Sesame Seeds:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush a baking sheet with some of the melted butter. Set aside.

Pour the olive oil into a frying pan and set the heat to medium. Let the oil warm for about a minute.

Add the onion and saute until soft. This should take about five minutes. Remove from heat and let the onions cool in glass bowl.

Put the spinach into a large mixing bowl. Pour the eggs over the spinach. Add the salt and pepper.

Toss in the feta, oregano, parsley, and sauteed onions.

Unroll the filo dough on a flat surface and cut the filo into 3 by 11 inch strips. Place a small spoonful of spinach filling 1 inch from the end of the pastry. Fold the end over the filling to form a triangle.

Brush the top of the triangle with butter and sprinkle it with some of the sesame seeds. Place on the baking sheet. Repeat until all the filling is used up.

Place the pan in the oven and bake until heated through and the tops are a light golden-brown color. This should take about 20 minutes.

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