Greeks have to admit that they know how to make delicious food from the spinach popular in this region. Of course, spinach in the Greek version has nothing to do with the little appetizing mash that is usually made in Polish homes. Spinach combined with feta served in a filo pastry can occur in the form of a large casserole (Spanakopita Σπανακόπιτα) or in the form of small croissants (Tiropites Τυροπιτες). Spanakopita is a popular dish and is one of our favorite Greek dishes. The ingredients for its preparation are available in our stores.
1. Preparation Spanakopity should begin with preparation of stuffing. Heat the onions for about 5-10 minutes in hot oil until soft. Then add the spinach. When using fresh spinach, put the washed wet leaves on the pan. If we use frozen spinach (in leaves), after it has been completely thawed, it must be pre-pressed with excess water. Mix spinach mixed with onions for 3 to 5 minutes until the leaves are completely softened. Fry the pans with prepared base of stuffing from the kitchen and let it cool.
2. Add the remaining ingredients to the cold stuffing: parsley, dill, eggs and crumbled feta cheese and finally season with salt and pepper. The more feta we add, the more Spanakopita taste will be more pronounced. For this dish, it's best to find your own individual balance of ingredients.
3. Now prepare a baking form. At the beginning, melt the butter and lubricate the inside of the mold. In ingredients, I have intentionally not given the amount of butter to be used - if you run out of it you can always melt a new piece. You can also use olive oil to spread filo, but in my opinion filo is tastier, but when we use butter.
4. Prepared frozen pieces of filo pastry are quite large, so it is best to cut the filo pastry into a 20 x 26 cm cake in half. Many people advise that the patties of the cake, which are waiting for their turn cover with a damp cloth because they dry up. I never do it, just quickly put more pieces of cake and lubricates each of them with melted butter using a silicone brush. The denser it is, the better. If these activities are carried out efficiently and quickly, the filo will not dry out.
5. At the bottom and sides of the mold, spread out about 4-5 slices (but you can do more), each spread with butter and then put on the previously prepared stuffing with spinach and feta. Philo payments that protrude outside the form should be wrapped, and on top of Spanakopity, spread out the unused ones. If the dough pieces are too large, you can simply fold them, remembering to lubricate each layer with melted butter. The top of Spanakopita can be cut with a knife so that squares are formed, which after slicing will facilitate its slicing.
6. Bake the spanakita in the oven preheated to 190 ° C for about 40 minutes. Its top should blush nicely. The dish is good for re-heating, so you can prepare a larger portion, which will not be wasted :)
Recently, we served a recipe for a spicy pumpkin pie baked in a sweet version. This, of course, is not the only way to prepare this universal vegetable. Greeks often also prepare a pumpkin roasted in filo, but with the addition of cheeses, on the salty.
The popular vegetable in Crete is okra, which can often be found in local greengrocers. This very healthy and low-calorie vegetable is unfortunately virtually unheard of in Poland. If you would like to try it, it's worth doing it while in Crete. Just look for one of the local taverns, which serves dishes prepared on the basis of okra. Of course, you can also prepare it yourself, for example based on the following recipe.
Briam is one of the most famous dishes of Greek cuisine. Depending on the region of Greece, this vegetable casserole consisting of zucchini, potatoes and eggplant has many variants. Even on our site there are two recipes for its preparation. Today we will add another one that definitely surprised us. We ate briam prepared this way in Paleochora in one of our favorite family traditional taverns this year.