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Spanakopita

freezable
1 spoon difficulty rating

60

Serves: 8

Spanakopita

This classic Greek dish is perfect any time of the year! Enjoy with a picnic or barbecue in the summer or as the ultimate comfort food in winter.

It goes particularly well with our tzatziki and Greek salad :)

Ingredients: 

  • 500g fresh spinach or use frozen, fully thawed
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 spring onions, ends removed and finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon, finely chopped
  • 1 large handful flat leaf parsley, stalks removed and finely chopped 
  • 2 tbsp dill, stalks removed and finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chives, finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tsp mint, finely chopped (optional) 
  • 150g/1 cup raisins (optional)
  • 135g/1 cup toasted pine nuts (optional)
  • 5 sheets filo pastry
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

'Ricotta'

  • 35g/¼ cup sunflower seeds 
  • 425g/15 oz firm tofu, drained and patted dry
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • ¾ tsp salt 
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch black pepper 
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed 
  • 20g/⅓ cup nutritional yeast 

Method: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC (fan)/340ºF/Gas Mark 3-4.
  2. Place the spinach in a really large pan, add a little water, pop the lid on and let it wilt down on a low-med heat (If you're using frozen spinach you don't need to do this step).
  3. Once it's wilted, squeeze out all the water thoroughly then let it cool before chopping into small pieces. Set aside. 
  4. Fry the onion and spring onion in a large frying pan, with a little olive oil, until golden.
  5. Add the garlic and then fry for a further minute.
  6. Add the fresh herbs, chopped spinach, raisins, pine nuts (if using), pinch of salt and pepper then mix all together. Leave to cool and set aside.  

Ricotta

  1. Blend the sunflower seeds in a food processor or using the milling blade on your blender. 
  2. Add the tofu and blend with the sunflower seeds until smooth. 
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine the tofu/sunflower seed mix with all other ingredients and stir thoroughly. 
  4. Mix the ricotta with the cooled vegetable mix. Taste and add extra salt and pepper if necessary. 

Assembly 

  1. Brush a 20cm square x 4cm deep tin with a fine layer of olive oil. 
  2. Lightly brush all sheets of filo pastry with olive oil. 
  3. Place 3 sheets in the bottom of the tin and up the sides, leaving an overhang if there's any remaining pastry. 
  4. Pour the filling into the middle of the tin and spread evenly out to the edges. 
  5. Place the 2 remaining pasty sheets on top of the filling so that the filling is now completely covered in pastry. Fold the edges of the bottom layers of pastry over the top and seal around the edge with a little olive oil. This creates a little crust. 
  6. Brush with a little olive oil and then place in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden. Check after 15 minutes and if it is browning too quickly, cover the top with some tin foil. 

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