A Girl & Her Food: {Skinny} Spinach, Onion & Feta Tart (Spanakopita)
                   

13.4.12

{Skinny} Spinach, Onion & Feta Tart (Spanakopita)

A girl tries to eat and cook skinny. My friend, Becki, and I love heading to Athenian Room for a weeknight girl’s dinner. She is a strict vegetarian so we split the spanakopita and have Greek salads. We have countless conversions on how greasy their spankopita is, so the skinny in me decided to create a healthier version. Working with phyllo (filo) dough can be a hassle and intimidating but the outcome is delicious.  Stay Calm and Carry (Phyllo) On.







ingredients

1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 bunch organic spinach bunch, roughly chopped
1 egg 
½ cup of goat’s milk feta
1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil
1 Package phyllo (filo) dough (using eight 17”x12” phyllo sheets)***
4-5 Tablespoons of ghee (I used Purity Farms Ghee) or olive oil. 
Ghee is a healthier substitute for butter is a staple in Indian and Ayurveda cooking. 
Parchment paper
Pastry Brush 

***Will be posting an upcoming recipe on remaining phyllo (filo) sheets
Parcels of Tomato, Feta & Basil

preparation

Remove phyllo (filo) dough from the refrigerator 30 minutes before starting preparation.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Heat olive oil in skillet over medium high heat. 
Cook onions for about 2 minutes and add spinach and cook for 4 minutes or until wilted. 
Remove and place in a bowl.  
In the same bowl, add egg and feta and mix until combined. 
Add salt and pepper only if needed.
Prepare the parchment paper by tearing sheets large enough so an entire sheet of phyllo can be flat with excess paper. 
Placing parchment paper on top of a baking sheet.
In a saucepan, melt the butter.  Set aside and make sure to have your brush ready.
Place the 8 sheets of Phyllo (filo) dough on a clean dishtowel. 
Make sure to keep the dough flat.  Cover with another clean dishtowel. 
Dampen and wring out a third dishtowel and lay that flat on top of the second dishtowel. You must keep the dough moist!
Take one sheet of phyllo at a time, keeping the rest under the dishtowels.
Place sheet one of phyllo on the parchment paper. Brush it with butter.
Take another sheet of phyllo and place over sheet one. 
Brush sheet two with clarified butter. Repeat until all eight phyllo sheets are buttered and laid on top of one another.
Spoon the mixture of spinach, onion, feta and egg onto the center of the pile of phyllo sheets and spreading it evenly being sure to leave a frame of phyllo dough.
Fold the edges of dough upward and inward, creating an outer crust or rim. Lightly brush the folded crust with butter.  
Place baking sheet with prepared tart in the oven. 
Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden.
Serve warm or at room temperature.  Serves 4-6 







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