A Trio of Cheese, Greens, and Dough
Greek spanakopita is a delectable savory pastry filled with spinach and feta cheese, enveloped in delicate layers of phyllo dough. It is a beloved dish in Greece, commonly enjoyed as both an appetizer and a main course.
Our recipe provides versatile options, allowing for variations that cater to vegan, lactose-free, or gluten-free preferences.
Spanakopita Spice Blend
Oregano, dill weed, garlic, black pepper, cinnamon, dill seed, mint, chilies, nutmeg
NEW! Ingredient Mix & Match Cheat Sheet
Part 1 - The Cheese
Key Ingredient: Feta
Feta cheese is the key ingredient in Greek spanakopita, providing its distinctive texture. For those seeking a vegan and non-dairy substitute, options like vegan feta or firm tofu can offer a similar texture. Alternatively, if you have a preference for a different type of cheese, we offer a pasta variation for you to try. However, please note that this version deviates significantly from the original.
A Little Secret
If you’re looking to make a delicious spanakopita, the feta cheese you find at your local grocery store may be too dry, especially if you opt for crumbled feta instead of a block. But fear not! We have a tip that will ensure your dish is anything but dry. Simply add a small amount of a different type of cheese, such as whipped cream cheese or cream cheese with whipped heavy cream. Another great option is ricotta. These additions will make a world of difference and take your spanakopita to the next level.
Part 2 - The Greens
Key Ingredient: Spinach
Spinach is the ideal choice for an authentic spanakopita. Excellent substitutes can be found in the leaves of any type of chard or kale. If you wish to include the stalks as well, an extra step is needed to soften them. Another delightful variation is to incorporate green asparagus or zucchini, if you have the time and desire to experiment further.
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Part 3 - The Dough
Phyllo Substitutes - Up to a Change?
Authentic spanakopita is traditionally made using phyllo dough. As a gluten-free alternative, we highly recommend our almond pie crust. However, if you’re looking to reduce preparation time significantly, you can opt to bake the spanakopita filling on a pizza crust or serve it on a bed of wide egg noodles. These shortcuts can help expedite the process while still providing a delicious result.
Give Greek spanakopita a try and savor its delightful flavors. Once you’re hooked, consider adding it to your regular dinner rotation, experimenting with a unique twist each time. For your convenience, our shop offers a specialized spanakopita spice blend, ensuring you have everything you need to enhance its taste. Stock up now and elevate your spanakopita experience.
- 10 oz feta cheese  crumbled
- 6 tbsp whipped cream cheese 
- 10 oz spinach  roughly chopped
- 4 green onions sliced
- 20 sheets phyllo dough  (9 x 14 inches)
- olive oil 
- salt 
Culinary Spice Kit
- Oregano, dill weed, garlic, black pepper, cinnamon, dill seed, mint, chilies, nutmeg
- ▪ mixed salad with lettuce or cucumber
- ▪ grilled rosemary lamb chops
- ▪ grilled or fried chicken pieces
Option 1: Prepare Spinach, Chard, or Kale Leaves 
- Cook the spinach in boiling water for 30 seconds.
- Scoop the spinach out and transfer it to a strainer.
- Let it drain while preparing the next step.
Option 2: Prepare Leaves and Asparagus, Zucchini, or Chard or Kale Stalks 
- In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
- Fry the vegetables until tender.
- Start with the asparagus, zucchini, or chard or kale stalks.
- Add the leaves when the other vegetables are almost tender.
- In a BOWL, mix all the cheese and vegetables with Spanakopita spices and salt to taste .
Prepare Phyllo Dough Version (Authentic) 
- Place 10 sheets of phyllo dough into a 9 x 12 BAKING DISH, brushing oil between each layer.
- Spread the spinach mixture evenly over the phyllo dough.
- Place 10 more sheets of phyllo dough on top, brushing oil between each layer.
- Brush the top layer with oil.
- Cut the pie into 12 pieces.
Bake & Serve
- Preheat OVEN to 350° F.
- Bake until golden brown, 30 to 45 minutes.
- Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving with your preferred sides.
- We recommend to buy feta cheese in a block and chop it into small crumble size pieces. The readily-crumbled feta cheese is often very dry.
- Substitute feta cheese with chopped firm tofu (drain it 30 minutes before using it) or vegan feta.
- If only not-whipped cream cheese is available, substitute 2 tbsp cream cheese with 2 tbsp whipped heavy cream.
- Substitute whipped cream cheese with ricotta or vegan cream cheese.
- Optionally, add 5 to 10 oz more spinach.
- If the stalks of the spinach are not soft, remove them and follow the cooking step option 2.
- Cooking Step Option 1 (leaves only): Substitute all or half of the spinach with baby kale, or with the chopped leaves of kale or chard. Remove the stalks before weighing.
- Cooking Step Option 2: Substitute or mix the spinach with green asparagus, zucchini, or the stalks of chard or kale. Chopped them in bite-size pieces. Recommended amounts:
- 5 oz leaves + 10 oz asparagus or zucchini or stalks
- 10 oz leaves + 5 oz asparagus or zucchini or stalks
- Pour the filling into a pie crust. (gluten-free recipe)
- Spread the filling on a pizza crust.
- Cook 12 oz wide egg noodles. Drain. Place them into the baking dish. Spread the filling on top. Bake as directed for the phyllo dough.