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Spanakopita, spinach pie, is a Greek savory pastry, filled with cheeses and spinach.   Brunch, light dinner, Shavuot - this interesting, easy, make-ahead recipe is good to keep on hand.

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  • 16Servings


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
  • 2 cups feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 (1-pound) box filo dough, defrosted and at room temperature
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) margarine, melted
  • Sesame seeds (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

2. Sauté onion and spinach in oil over medium-high heat until onion is lightly browned and liquid has evaporated.

3. Mix onion and spinach with cheeses, eggs and basil.

4. Spread a thin layer of margarine across the bottom of a 13x9-inch pan.

5. Layer filo 2 sheets at a time, brushing with margarine as you go. After about 8 sheets, spread half of spinach-cheese mixture across the dough.

6. Repeat with 8 more sheets and remaining spinach-cheese mixture. Layer remaining filo and margarine across top.

7. Bake for about 45 minutes or until top is golden.


Freezes well; wait until completely cool before covering and freezing.

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