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  1. #1 Spanakopita 
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    Don't get scared of the name, it's a spinach PIE! For the dough I used a puff pastry sheet on the bottom and for the top. I also added some chopped up Greek olives. I also used an egg wash for the top instead of oil.
    This was way good!

    3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, preferably Greek, plus more for brushing
    6 leeks, white and light green parts, chopped and well rinsed
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    Greek olives chopped
    2 1/2 pounds fresh baby spinach, rinsed and dried
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    2 cups crumbled firm feta cheese, preferably Greek
    1/2 cup finely chopped fresh dill
    1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint
    3 large eggs, lightly beaten
    2 frozen country-style filo sheets or puff pastry sheets (see Note), thawed but kept chilled

    Preheat the oven to 350F.
    Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and coat with the 3 tablespoons of oil. When the oil is hazy, add the leeks and garlic; cook and stir until fragrant and very soft, about 4 minutes.

    Add the spinach in handfuls, folding the leaves under with a spoon as you add each batch. Let the spinach wilt and cook down before adding more. Once all the spinach is in the pan, season with the pepper.

    Remove from the heat and transfer the spinach mixture to a colander over the sink. Using the back of a spoon, gently press out all of the excess liquid. Set aside to cool; the filling needs to cool down a bit to prevent the dough from becoming soggy. Once the mixture is cool, add the feta, dill, mint, and eggs. Fold the ingredients together until well combined.

    Brush the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with oil. Working with 1 sheet at a time, lay the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out slightly to fit the pan. Line the bottom of the dish with the first piece of dough, pressing into the corners. Trim off any excess with a paring knife. Spread the spinach filling evenly over the dough. Cover with the second sheet of dough, trimming around the edges of the dish. Brush the top with oil.

    Bake until the top is puffed and golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting into squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.

    The stuff

    Start cooking!

    Add spinach

    Keep adding and wilting

    Egg washed and ready for the oven

    Out of the oven all golden!

    Eat up! Pie!

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    Oct 2008
    Warren, MI
    You make yours much differently than I make mine. I use thawed, frozen spinach that has been squeezed in a dish towel until all the water is out of it. I also use 3 sticks of butter in the process of stacking the phyllo dough in the pan, instead of olive oil. I don't measure the cheese-I use a bag of mozzarella, a couple of spoonfulls of ricotta and lots of feta. I don't use garlic, chopped olives or mint, but double the dill. And, I use 6 eggs.

    I always say that anything that takes 3 sticks of butter to make is bound to be good. Your way is probably healthier, though.
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    South Florida
    That looks delicious but it's supposed to be made with filo dough

    However; filo is a pain in the arse, so next time I make mine, I may steal your idea.
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