I first came across this recipe years ago when a contestant on the Great British Bake Off made a spanakopita in pastry week. Back in the days when I had a large kitchen table and a lot of spare time I used to make my own filo pastry and stretch it out. I have since adapted the recipe to include Lidl’s ready made puff pastry. Not ideal, but I couldn’t go much longer without making these. They’re divine. And make perfect little lunches.
Puff Pastry Spanakopita Parcels
Pastry (preferably filo), spinach (loads- 2 bags), zest and juice of a lemon (probably more like half the juice), 2 eggs, feta (one packet should do unless you really love your cheese), nutmeg, S&P, melted butter, olive oil, sesame seeds to top
- Wilt the spinach, then drain as much liquid as you can, and return to the pan to cook off any more liquid
- Mix in a bowl: the egg, feta, grated lemon zest and juice, nutmeg, seasoning, spinach, and olive oil
- Cut the pastry into squares big enough to house the filling (depending on how big you want them), and spread lightly with melted butter
- Alternatively if you make your own pastry and stretch it, put the filling in a line and roll it up like a long snake, then coil it round to make a spiral. You’ll probably need a lot more melted butter to do this to bind it.
- Place about 2 large tablespoons full of filling in each one (again- depending on how big you want them. Just increase/decrease cooking time accordingly)
- Fold up the corners and crimp them together, then egg wash, and sprinkle with seeds.
- Place on baking paper and bake for around 30 mins at 180. Or just until golden brown.