Spanakopita Photo: Marina Oliphant

I've included my recipe for spanakopita because spinach, feta and mint is such a great combination and it's extremely quick to make.


1 bunch spinach

100g feta cheese, crumbled

2 tbsp chopped fresh mint

3 tbsp roasted pine nuts

1 egg, beaten

3 spring onions, sliced

1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese


about 10 sheets filo pastry

150g butter, melted


Preheat oven to 180C.

Pick off the spinach leaves and wash thoroughly. Cook in salted boiling water for a few minutes then drain and rinse. Squeeze out excess water and chop roughly.

In a bowl, mix together the spinach, feta, mint, pine nuts, egg, spring onions and parmesan. Season with a little pepper.

Take one sheet of filo and lightly brush with the melted butter. Lay another sheet  over the top, brush again with butter then fold in half lengthways. Spread about two tablespoons of mixture over the pastry and roll so you have one long tube. Now coil the pastry tube into a snail shape and tuck the end underneath so it stays put. Brush with butter and refrigerate while you repeat with the rest of the mixture. You should have four or five snails.

Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden. The spanakopita can be served hot or just warm and will reheat quite well.

To serve 

I like to serve them with a little salad as a light lunch.