Spanakopita

G for Greece. I very often come across these cute samosa like appetizers in the freezer section of our local wholesale store. I always eye them, read the ingredients and put it back thinking that these might not be favored at home. So when this series of 'Around the world in 30 days' was conceptualized, I had my G fixed in my mind and noted down in the spreadsheet I use to keep track of my posts.

Though this has been on my list forever, It was almost the last but 7th to be made and documented. I found this vegan version of these spinach pies, so to say. Apparently, the authentic Greek spanakopita was vegan, but the adaptations with Feta cheese and other ingredients are more popular.

I tried to make it as vegan as possible using the ingredients accessible to me. They are made using Phyllo sheets but I couldn't lay my hands on those sheets. I got something called samosa sheets (vegan, but not certified) which were comparable to the phyllo sheets. The results were just as flaky and crisp.

Ingredients - 

Samosa Sheets 1 pack (25 thin rectangles about 3.5 X 8 inches)
Spinach 1 lb (I used frozen and thawed)
Dill, chopped 3 Tbsp
Spring Onion, chopped 4 Tbsp
Fresh Mint, chopped 2 Tbsp
Garlic, grated 1 tsp
Salt (use sparingly)
Crushed Pepper as needed
Olive Oil 1 Tbsp + more for brushing


Spanakopita

Method Of Preparation -


In a heat pan, add oil and saute the thawed spinach for a minute making sure there is not moisture. If needed squeeze out the water from spinach before use.

Add in the rest of the herbs. Sprinkle salt and pepper and remove from heat.

On each samosa sheet, put 1 tablespoon of the spinach filling to one corner and wrap it in a triangular fashion and seal the ends with moist fingers.

The filling was sufficient for 30 samosas but the pack had 25 so the rest of the filling was used up for tasting :).

Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Arrange the wrapped samosas on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 23 min or until they are golden brown and crisp.

Cool them on a wire rack before serving. I froze the unused spanakopitas for later use. Just thaw and bake again until they are crisp.


Preparation Time 25 min + Baking time 23 min 
Makes 25

19 comments

  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. Your spanakopitas have turned out great Harini. Even I wanted to make this forever and couldn't' make them this time as well because I couldn't get phyllo sheets..nor did I want to use spring roll sheets...will try this again later..

     
  3. Sapana Behl Says:
  4. Samosa pies with spinach stuffing sounds delicious and healthy as well. Nicely made..

     
  5. They are so cute! I had made this pie a while back. It is one of our favorites.

     
  6. Suma Gandlur Says:
  7. A great appetizer. Look all crispy and flaky.
    I was eyeing them too until I found another recipe.

     
  8. Usha Rao Says:
  9. Even I made spanakopita for Greece. I baked it in a pie and then cut it to smaller pieces. Triangles looks very cute and easy to serve as a finger food.

     
  10. using samosa sheets is a super cool idea..now this increases another book mark!!..i loved these flaky samosas..if I may call them so..they are so flaky and tempting!!

     
  11. Priya Suresh Says:
  12. Using samosa sheet is better than the phyllo sheets, am not a big fan of phyllo sheets, this sounds prefect for my tastebuds.

     
  13. spanakopitas with spincah filling really sounds very interesting and they looks absolutely perfect :) wonderfully presented :) Using our samosa is a nice idea :)

     
  14. I have some samosa sheet and now I know what to do with them. These look so lovely...

     
  15. Padmajha PJ Says:
  16. They look so good Harini and I wish we could get phyllo sheets here .This has been in my list for ever!

     
  17. Pavani N Says:
  18. Samosa wrappers seem to be a appropriate substitution to phyllo pastry. Spanakopita turned out crispy & delicious.

     
  19. samosa sheets prooved good sub for phyllo

     
  20. this one is new for me, loved the filling and yours look so neatly done..

     
  21. Kalyani Says:
  22. samosa sheets sound like a decent substituite for the ever inaccessible phyllo sheets.. will try...

     
  23. Yum I too wanted to make these spanakopita but got confused for one book said its a pancake the other a pie. This is a delicious alternative for me as we get samosa wrappers.

     
  24. Looks delicious and lovely combination of greens for the stuffing.

     
  25. Sreevalli E Says:
  26. They sound just like our samosa..Yum.

     
  27. pp ks Says:
  28. I live in Rochestor Hills Michigan..where do i get the samosa sheets

     
  29. @pp ks - I got them from Payal Grocers corner of Dequindre n Wattles :)

     
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