Hortopita (spanakopita)

Try to get organic ingredients if possible especially the greens

4.75 cups unbleached flour or whole wheat plus more for rolling out dough
90ml olive oil

One teaspoon balsamic vinegar
2 cups lukewarm water
One level tablespoon sea salt

1.5 kg greens mixture of kale, dandelion greens, Swiss chard, spinach, mustard greens etc
250 grams Greek feta cheese crumbled
One bunch fresh dill chopped approx one cup
Handful fresh parsley or fresh oregano chopped
5 cloves Chopped Garlic,
1-2 onion or leeks
3 eggs beaten
Two tablespoons kefaotiri cheese or Parmesan
Olive oil to taste
Pinch of Salt and pepper

In a large bowl mix the flour with the sea salt, make well in the middle pour in the olive oil and water mix really well, flour up a flat surface and, knead the dough for at least 5 minutes, put the dough ball in a bowl cover with a tea towel and let rest for about 1 hour

In the meantime wash the greens and steam them for about five minutes, drain the greens and allow them to cool and squeeze out as much of the excess water, in a large pot sauté the garlic, onions in olive oil over low to medium heat, combine the drained greens and continue to sauté in the large pot, turn off the heat and allow the greens mixture to cool for 10 minutes, add salt and pepper and mix in the herbs, beaton eggs and feta cheese, mix everything well, if the mixture seems dry add more olive oil.

Punch down dough on a floured surface and cut into two balls, one slightly bigger than the other, using a rolling pin roll the largest ball to an approx rectangle the size of your casserole pan 9 x 14″ taking in account the two inch sides of the your rectangle for a lasagna pan should be approx 14 x 18, oil the pan and spread dough in pan, put all the cheese and greens mixture inside the baking pan and spread evenly, roll out second ball of dough and cover greens, fold hanging dough edges over top to seal the pit, brush top of pie with olive oil and use a fork to poke a few holes on top layer of dough, cover pie with foil and bake in oven for 50 minutes, remove foil and continue to cook for about 10 minutes in 350 oven. Remove from oven,let it rest for 10-15 minutes and then slice into serving portions approx 3″ square and enjoy.



2 thoughts on “Hortopita (spanakopita)

  1. How many (approximately) squares does this make in total?

    • I think about 20 squares, you could cut them smaller and get 30, let me know how it works out, if you end up with extra dough, just cook it flat in oven into pita bread. Have a great Canada day!

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