This pie does one thing, it keeps making you, wanna eat more… It has a nice sweetness from the fresh spinach, an oily yet crispy texture from the phyllo, and is packed with delicious flavors and aromas of the fresh herbs.
Is It That Hard To Make Phyllo ?
The making of “Spanakopita” recipe or Greek spinach pie is not an easy task. Making Phyllo dough can be a very tricky business. Especially if you haven’t done it before. Even in Greece making a pie with a properly made Phyllo, is considered as a talent, that mostly grannies possess. Learning to make it though, is 100% worth it in my opinion. If you can make Phyllo, then you can make any pie you can think of, look and taste it’s best.
The Way To Success…
So what I suggest is buy a pack of phyllo pastry sheets and keep them in the fridge. Then give it a go on making some real homemade Phyllo. Now in case, you don’t like the results of your effort, or you find the Phyllo making process difficult, then you can always use the ready phyllo sheets, to add the filling and make the pie.
What will likely happen? I think you will succeed in making phyllo. The quantities of ingredients, as well as the instructions in this recipe, are very precise. With a lot of step by step pictures, to minimize the possibility of making it wrong.
NOTE: The secret of making the best phyllo, is in the amount of water you add in the dough. It should feel really soft and a bit sticky, in order to absorb the flour that you dust on it, when you roll it later on. The moister the dough, the easier it absorbs the flour, than the easier rolls open.
Which Pan Size?
The amount of Phyllo dough in this recipe makes either 2 round pans (9- inch each) of spinach pie. Or one half sheet pan. In this recipe, I use option number one (of the 2 round 9-inch pans). Since it’s easier to roll a smaller piece of phyllo, to cover a small pan then to roll a bigger piece. So I divided the dough in two, to make the 2 round pans. Although you can always make one big Spinach pie in the half sheet pan if you feel adventurous enough.
NOTE: To roll a big Phyllo you will also need a bigger rolling pin without handles.
With Feta Or Without?
There are two versions of Spanakopita Recipe (Greek Spinach Pie) in Greece. It’s made either with the addition of feta cheese or without. And to make things clear, I can assure you that it tastes AMAZING both ways. And I advise you to try both. You will see that you can’t really pick one version instead of the other. Adding Feta cheese or not, is just a matter of momentarily preference.