Spinach, fetta & ricotta pie

Standard filo pastry is fine but I hunted around Melbourne’s Prahran Market and found beautiful home-made filo.

Ingredients

70 ml extra virgin olive oil
1 brown onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely diced
2 tablespoons capers, chopped
1 bunch spinach, about 800 grams
4 sprigs of mint, leaves only, chopped
2 sprigs dill, leaves only, chopped
4 sprigs parsley, leaves only, chopped
2 eggs
250 grams ricotta
120 grams fetta
salt and pepper
200 grams butter
15 sheets filo pastry
2 teaspoons ground fennel

Method

Preheat oven to 180C.

Wash the spinach well and roughly chop it, retaining the stems.

Place 50 ml olive oil in a wide heavy-based pan, then add the onion and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes on a medium heat, then add the capers and half the spinach. Cook for 4 or 5 minutes until the spinach is wilted, then tip everything into a colander to drain. Press out as much liquid as you can, using a spoon, or your hands.

Pour the rest of the oil into the pan. Add the herbs and the rest of the spinach. Again, cook it over a medium heat for 4 or 5 minutes until the spinach is wilted, then tip the mixture into a colander to drain, pressing out as much liquid as you can.

Turn all the spinach mixture onto a board and chop it quite finely. Return to a bowl, add the eggs, ricotta and crumbled fetta and stir them in well. Adjust seasoning.

Melt the butter, then use some of it to grease a 35cm round tin. Lay a filo sheet on the bench. Brush it with butter, and repeat 4 times, so you have 5 sheets of layered buttered pastry. Place a third of the spinach mix along the length of the pastry, then roll it into a sausage shape. Gently form the sausage into a spiral shape and lay it in the centre of the tin.

Repeat the process of layering pastry with the second and third portion of spinach mixture, adding these sausage shapes to continue the spiral outwards and fill the tin. Brush the top of the pastry with butter and sprinkle with the ground fennel and a little pepper.

Bake until golden brown for 30 to 40 minutes. Cool a little and remove from tin to serve, cutting or pulling apart as the mood takes you.

Comments & Reviews3

premo's picture
premo
Aug 2, 2011

Cant wait to make this with the little ones this weekend. I really shouldn't watch food videos at lunch time, I'm starving! Thanks for an inspiring recipe. Would love more kids stuff.

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Judith Schwinghammer
Aug 6, 2011

I enjoyed making the Sneaky spaghetti bolognese with our grandson Ryan last night, he had a sleepover and said what can we cook. I told him about your recipe and he said we'll give it a go. Your absolutely right, they cannot see the vegetables and boy it was a huge success. Ryan is nine years old and his brother Nicholas is 10 and they love cooking, so we may have some budding cooks in the family

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Anthea
Apr 20, 2014

I made this for Easter lunch, absolutely divine! So much flavour, the fennel, capers and herbs really give the dish a lovely dimension and gorgeous flavours! Really enjoyed making this but did take well over an hour prep time which is fine. Sprinkled with sesame seeds and baked in a deep pizza tray. Thanks!

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