Spinach and Cheese Pie

My kids love eating spinach this way. It is a take on the traditional Greek dish 'Spanokopita', but a quick and easy version, and yes I use store bought puff pastry. 

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Facts 

Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, B vitamins, and also a source of Iron. 

Start exposures to green foods like spinach when you start solids and keep offering, it can take time for babies and children to learn to accept and like the flavour of green vegetables. 

Personally my preference for this recipe is to use a fresh bunch of spinach as the flavour is so much nicer, but it is also perfectly fine to use frozen spinach, especially if that is easier to keep on hand. 

Ingredients 

1 x Large bunch of fresh spinach or 2 packets of frozen spinach (500g) 

1 x Egg 

100g of Feta 

1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese 

2 x sheets of store-bought puff pastry

olive oil 

1/2 cup of water

A sprinkle of fresh dill (optional) 

Method 

- Pull 2 x puff pastry sheets out of the packet and place them to the side to thaw. 

- Wash the fresh spinach well, and then chop. 

- In a large pot add a tablespoon of olive oil, the chopped spinach, and the water, and cook until the spinach is all wilted. Set aside to cool.

- If you are using frozen spinach follow the cooking instructions on the packet. 

- Once the spinach is cooled use your hands to squeeze out any excess liquid from the spinach (don't miss this step or your filling will be wet and soggy), you can also give it another chop to make sure you have small bits of spinach. 

- Place the spinach into a bowl and crumble the feta on top, add in the cheddar cheese, egg, and the dill (optional). Stir ingredients until well combined.  

- Grease a glass or ceramic baking pan with a little olive oil and line the bottom and sides with the puff pastry, leaving some of the pastry for the top. Use a fork to poke lots of holes through the bottom layer of the puff pastry (this will help to keep it from getting soggy).

- Add in the spinach filling and spread out evenly over the pastry. Use the remaining puff pastry for the top and fold over the sides to seal in the filling, you can gently pinch the puff pastry together around the edges. Poke a few holes in the top with a fork. 

- Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for around 30 minutes until the pastry is flaky and golden. 

- Once cooked let it cool slightly and slice and serve. 

x Anna