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Spinach and Feta Filo Tart Recipe

Spinach and Feta Filo Tart

Rating 4-5 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again
An Ideal Recipe for Vegetarians
Graham

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An easy-to-make tart that perfectly marries the tastes and textures of spinach and feta. Spoil yourself with a simple treat. A classic combination of spinach and feta go together to make a gorgeous vegetarian tart. This recipe also utilises the simplicity of ready made filo pastry sheets.

Go to any Greek bakery, or Greek party, and you’d be shocked if there wasn’t some kind of spinach and feta cheese pie on offer. In fact, there really aren’t many occasions when a big fresh piece of spinach and feta pie (called spanakopita in Greece) doesn’t do the job. It’s wonderful for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or even an after clubbing snack (I’m too old for all that now, but the Greeks do love their all-nighters followed by some typical Greek comfort food!).

This cheesy, flaky pie makes a cracking weekend lunch. Serve with a selection of salads and flatbreads, or simply by itself with a dollop of thick, seasoned yoghurt.

      Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

      Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients for Spinach and Feta Filo Tart

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Serves 4 - 5:
3 oz
pine nuts
½
lemon
5
eggs
10 oz
feta cheese
2 oz
Parmesan (or grated Emmental)
2 large pinches
Oregano
 
olive oil
 
salt and freshly-ground black pepper
2 pinches
grated nutmeg
12 oz
fresh spinach leaves
6 leaves
ready-made filo pastry

 

How to Cook Spinach and Feta Filo Tart

  1. Place the pine nuts in a dry frying pan (no oil) and gently heat them until they are golden. Keep an eye on them - they'll burn easily. As soon as they are bronzed, tip them out of the pan into a cool dish or saucer and set aside. Grate the zest from half a lemon.
  2. Place the eggs in a large mixing bowl and crumble in the feta. Add the Parmesan, the lemon zest, two pinches of oregano, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt and freshly-ground black pepper. Mix well and add the pine nuts.
  3. Remove any tough stems from the spinach and wash the leaves. Place one tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan and add the spinach leaves. Heat, turning all the while until the leaves begin to wilt, at which point they are cooked. Drain them well, squeezing out any excess water, then add them to the bowl with the eggs and cheese. Add the grated nutmeg and mix well.
  4. Oil a 10" - 25cm - flan or tart dish then drape a thin sheet of filo pastry in the centre of it at an angle, with about half of it hanging over the edge. Roughly layer the filo sheets, brushing oil over the pastry between each layer. Pile the filling into the dish and fold the over-hanging pastry over the top. If you have enough filo sheets to cover the top, use your fingers to scrunch them up a little. If not, lay another sheet on the top and rumple it like un unmade bed!
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  5. Brush a little olive oil on the top and cook in a preheated moderately hot oven (Mk 6 - 400°F - 200°C) for 30 minutes. Serve hot with a simple green salad.


Graham GRAHAM'S HOT TIP:
If necessary, you can use frozen spinach leaves (though the real things taste much better!). Make sure they are fully defrosted and drain out as much water as possible,
 
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Reviews of Spinach and Feta Filo Tart

Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again July 22 2022
Absolute gem of a recipe. It's very simple to make, but very filling. We used it when we invited some friends to dinner and one of them was vegetarian. But it satisfied everybody, and no-one stopped to think about it being a vegetarian option (except our friend, of course!). This one's a keeper
(6 reviews)
 
Rating 4 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again June 21 2017
Very tasy and quite filling. Crispy delicate filo pastry is amazing in a pie like this. And the spinach and feta combination was a match made in heaven. The pine nuts are a nice touch, a little crunchy and a little sweet. Certainly going to make this one again.
(2 reviews)
 

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