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How to Make Spanakopita

Spinach, feta, phyllo dough and butter make this classic Greek dish a hit at the dinner table.
By Stephanie Wise

Give me Mexican, Italian, even German dishes any day, and I can make many of them without breaking a sweat. But Greek food? I get intimidated! I mean, try saying spanakopita five times fast! 

Luckily, what I lack in a quick tongue, I make up for in the ease of this recipe. Spanakopita, a savory spinach pie, has sprung to the top of my list of go-to dinners when I want to impress without the fuss. Layers and layers of thin, buttery phyllo dough sandwich a delightful, bright-green mixture of scallions, spinach, parsley and feta cheese. It’s comforting, yet light, and way easier to make than it seems.

First, set out all of your ingredients.

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Next, prepare the filling: Sauté the spinach, then add the scallions and mix it all up with the parsley. Set aside to cool slight slightly before stirring in the feta and egg.

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While the mixture cools, get your phyllo foundation ready. Generously butter a baking dish, top carefully with phyllo dough, brush with butter, top with another sheet of dough, brush with butter and repeat.

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Now it’s time to spread that mixture in the dish.

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Top with more buttered phyllo pastry sheets, score the top and bake.

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When the spanakopita is a deliciously golden brown pull it out of the oven and dig in!

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