Spinach and Feta Pie

Total Time:
1 hr 50 min
Prep:
40 min
Inactive:
10 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small bunch Swiss chard, stems and leaves chopped and reserved separately (about 12 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • Kosher salt
  • Two 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 6 ounces feta cheese, preferably Greek, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped dill
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 12 to 14 sheets phyllo dough from one 16-ounce package
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • Tomato Salad, for serving, recipe follows
  • Tomato Salad:
  • 3 ripe medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoncini
  • 1/4 cup halved pitted olives, such as Kalamata
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the garlic, onions and chard stems until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the rice and 1/2 teaspoon salt to combine. Add 1 cup water, cover, reduce the heat to low and cook without stirring until the rice is tender but not mushy, about 12 minutes. Uncover, add the spinach, chard leaves and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until the greens are wilted, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl to cool (stirring with a large spoon will speed this up).

2. When the filling is cool, stir in the egg and then the feta, dill, raisins, pine nuts and lemon zest.

3. Place a large piece of parchment paper on a work surface. Lay out one sheet of phyllo and brush all over with some of the melted butter. Lay another sheet crosswise on top and brush with butter again. Working to form a large round of phyllo layers, lay an additional 6 sheets of phyllo dough diagonally over the first 2 sheets, brushing each sheet with butter, so they overlap in the center. Spread the filling in the center of the sheets and bring all the loose ends of the phyllo to rest on top to make a free-form pie, using the butter to help the pieces stick to each other. Lay 4 of the remaining 6 sheets of phyllo evenly over the top of the pie, tucking the edges under the bottom to form an enclosed disk and brushing each piece of dough with butter. Use the last 2 sheets, if necessary, to cover the filling or enclose the circle. Brush the outside of the pie with butter.

4. Lift the parchment with the pie onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake until the phyllo is golden brown and crispy, about 40 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature with the Tomato Salad on the side.

Tomato Salad:

Toss the tomatoes with the pepperoncini and the olives in a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.


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