If you’re a fan of Greek food and Greek take-out, you may have heard of spanakopita before. You may have even tried it, but what is spanakopita exactly? Spanakopita, also known as spinach pie, is a savory pastry dish that has existed within Greek cuisine for a long time. Spanakopita makes a great appetizer before a larger meal or a delicious afternoon snack to tide you over before dinner. Here are some basic facts about this mouth-watering Greek food treat.

How Is Spanakopita Made?

The inside of spanakopita is filled with steamed and drained spinach, sautéed onions, feta cheese, egg and seasonings. These ingredients are then wrapped around a layer of phyllo dough, which forms the pastry’s flakey exterior. The pastry is cut into triangular or square pieces and brushed with butter or oil and then baked until golden brown. Other soft- white cheeses may be used in addition to feta. Some recipes call for a crust made out of flour and water instead of phyllo dough for a crunchier exterior.

History and Tradition

The origins of spanakopita are difficult to trace, although some say it may have originated in Greece over 400 years ago. The savory snack may be related to ispanakli, a similar Turkish dish. The most delicious and authentic spanakopita recipes in the world are believed to be derived from the region of Epirus, in the north west of Greece.

Today, spanakopita is one of the most popular snacks in Greece and is increasingly available all over the world. You can typically find spanakopita in Greek delis and bakeries, as well as Greek restaurants. It can be served fresh from the oven or slightly cooled down, as is the typical Greek custom.  If your mouth is watering for a bite-sized savory snack, order some spanakopita from Greek on Wheels. Greek on Wheels is Ottawa’s go-to choice for Greek take-out, delivery and catering. Contact us today and satisfy your appetite!