Spanakopita

Spanakopita
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Yield
4 servings; 1 1/2 cups per serving
Recipe by: American Heart Association

A traditional Greek entrée, spanakopita is a delicious, savory pie filled with spinach and onions mixed with feta cheese and Eggland’s Best® eggs. The filling is enveloped between layers of light, flaky phyllo dough.

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Ingredients

Cooking spray

1 teaspoon canola or corn oil and 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons canola or corn oil, divided use

1 medium onion, chopped

1 medium garlic clove, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic

2 pounds fresh baby spinach or 3 10-ounce packages frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1/2 cup fat-free ricotta cheese

2 large Eggland’s Best® eggs

¼ cup crumbled fat-free feta cheese

2 tablespoons fresh dillweed, or 1 teaspoon dried dillweed

1/8 teaspoon pepper

5 9 x 14-inch sheets frozen phyllo, thawed in the refrigerator

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat, swirling to coat the bottom. Cook the onion for 3 minutes, or until almost soft, stirring frequently. Cook the garlic for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to low. Cook half the spinach for 1 minute, tossing with tongs. Cook the remaining spinach until all the spinach is wilted, tossing constantly. Remove from the heat. Drain well in a colander, using the back of a fork to press out any excess liquid.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta, eggs, feta, dillweed, and pepper. Stir in the spinach until well combined. Transfer the spinach mixture to the baking dish.
  4. Place the 5 sheets of phyllo dough on a cutting board. Working quickly, use a sharp knife to cut the sheets in half. Keep the unused phyllo covered with a damp cloth or damp paper towels to prevent drying. Place 1 sheet over the spinach mixture. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush with 1 teaspoon oil. Layer with a second sheet. Brush with 1 teaspoon oil. Repeat with the remaining sheets and oil.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 375˚F. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the top is golden and crisp. Serve warm.

Cook’s Tip: For quicker assembly, cook the spinach a day ahead. Refrigerate it, covered, until you need it.

Dietary Exchanges: ½ starch, 2 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 1/2 fat

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Nutrition

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Information per Serving
Serving Size 4 servings; 1 1/2 cups per serving
Calories 234
Fat 10.5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 88mg
Sodium 481mg
Carbohydrates 23g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Protein 17g