Recipe

Silverbeet and kale spanakopitas

If you've never made classic spanakopita before, you're in for a treat with this delicious silverbeet and kale spanakopitas recipe.

By Sarah Murphy
  • 50 mins preparation
  • 55 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 kilogram silverbeet
  • 350 gram green curly kale
  • 400 gram feta, crumbled
  • 10 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoon lemon rind, finely grated
  • 1/4 lemon juice
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 80 gram butter, melted
  • 2 x 375g packets fresh filo pastry
  • 2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • lemon wedges, Greek-style yoghurt to serve

Method

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • 2
    Trim 4cm off stalk ends of silverbeet and kale, then discard. Rinse and drain greens, leaving some water clinging. Tear kale leaves from the centre stem. Cut white stalk from silverbeet leaves, cutting into the leaf in a V-shape. Finely chop stems and leaves from greens, keeping them separate.
  • 3
    Heat a large heavy-based saucepan over high heat. Cook stems, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until softened. Drain well and transfer to a bowl. Add chopped leaves to pan. Cook for 2 minutes or until wilted. Drain well and add to bowl with stems. When cool enough to handle, squeeze excess water from greens mixture (this prevents the pies from becoming soggy).
  • 4
    Combine greens, feta, onion, herbs, lemon rind, juice and eggsin a large bowl. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
  • 5
    Butter 6 x 2-cup, 18cm-round, 3cm-deep pie dishes. With melted butter, brush over half a sheet of pastry, then fold in half to make a smaller rectangle. Butter top. Place in dish, allowing pastry to overhang edge. Keep remaining sheets covered with baking paper topped with a clean, damp tea towel to prevent them from drying out. Repeat with two more sheets of pastry, stacking them in the dish. You will now have six layers. Place a sixth of the filling into the dish. Brush half a sheet of pastry with melted butter, fold in half crossways, brush with butter, fold in half again. Trim to fit top of pie. Place over filling, then fold in and scrunch the overhanging pastry. Brush top of pie with a little more melted butter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Repeat to make six pies in total.
  • 6
    Sprinkle a little water over each pie (this will prevent the pastry from burning). Bake for 35 minutes or until golden. Serve spanakopitas with lemon wedges and yoghurt.

Notes

  • You'll need 2 bunches of silverbeet and 1 bunch green curly kale.