November 10, 2014

Spanakopita: Holiday Entertaining with Greek Spinach Pie
#FallForGreek with Debbie Matenopoulos (+giveaway)


Back in July I had the joy of bringing my family's Greek heritage to life in the kitchen when I participated in the It's All Greek to Me Blog Tour celebrating the release of the new cookbook from Debbie Matenopoulos.  


Remember these beauties?  My family and friends loved Debbie's Zucchini Fritters with Garlicky Tzatziki Dip.  You can find the recipe HERE.

 

With holiday baking and entertaining on the horizon, fans of Debbie's book are spreading the word -- #FallForGreek -- with a November Blog Tour.  I am delighted to be sharing another one of Debbie's easy-to-follow Greek recipes from her beautiful cookbook. Rich in family memories, Greek history, heirloom recipes, and mouth-watering photographs, It's All Greek to Me is worthy of a space on the most discriminating home chef's shelf of favorite cooking tomes.


Ask my family about their favorite dish and you'll get a few different answers.  For my husband it's pastitsio.  My eldest daughter adores avgolemeno. I could eat stuffed grape leaves all day.  Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie) has been a favorite of my little one nearly from the day she started on solid food.  At snack time in preschool she'd call out, "Kopita, Kopita" believing with all her little heart that if she uttered the words, no matter when or where, the savory spinach and tangy feta cheese blanketed with buttery, flaky filo pastry would magically appear.  I never had to worry about the kid eating her spinach.  Popeye would be proud.

 

So, given the choice to cook-up and share another of Debbie's recipes, Spanakopita was nearest and dearest to my heart.  The "Kopita" made for a wonderful surprise dinner, and even eaten cold the next day has made a heartwarming lunchbox snack.

Spanakopita makes a perfect holiday appetizer, vegetarian side dish, or casserole to tote to a potluck.  Here's the recipe, compliments of Debbie and BenBella Books:

 

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30 comments:

  1. I love spanikopita - its one of my favorite greek and spinach dishes

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  2. Since childhood I have loved cooked spinach. Yes I was a weird kid lol .

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  3. I love cooked spinach, plain!!!!! I like to eat it after it has cooled.

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  4. This looks soooo good! I'm adding to my pinterest recipes to save for later.
    I love eating raw spinach in salads and sauteed spinach in my pasta sauces...yummy!

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  5. I love spinach in salads, dips and this dish looks amazing! Happy Fall Jen! & Thanks for the chance. Theresa @DearCreatives

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  6. I love creamed spinach or spinach in salads. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  7. I eat it on sandwiches and in salads. I LOVE spinach!!!!!!

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  8. I like spinach in salads, in quiches, in spanakopita, in omelets, in soups or just about any which way.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  9. I eat my spinach raw in salads. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  10. I love creamed spinach or sauteed spinach

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  11. I like spinach in salads, on sub sandwiches, and/or in a cheesy, artichoke dip!

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  12. I like spinach either cooked or raw in salads, appetizers, or main dishes.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  13. I love spinach raw, but I also like putting it in casseroles.

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  14. I love spinach in quesadillas!

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  15. I love creamed spinach and Ilike fresh baby spinach on salads..

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  16. I eat my spinach raw on salads. I like the taste of spinach and I prefer it just like it is, raw.

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  17. I love spinach salad! Spanikopita is also a favorite.

    glindathegood@bellsouth.net

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  18. I love cooked spinach with a tad of butter

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  19. I love spinach raw, cooked and especially in a spanakopita.

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  20. I like spinach raw for salads or subs. I also like it in a great spinach dip my SIL makes.

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  21. The only way I eat spinach is in spinach pie, as a matter of fact, lol emilywells10@gmail.com

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  22. Growing up, we ate spinach hot with a vinegar drizzle. Today I eat spinach raw in salads, on sandwiches even stirred into a pasta dish.

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