Saturday, March 26, 2011

Turkish Feta And Spinach filled filo pastry


It’s been a while since I made these and I didn’t want to post because of the lack of better pictures. See, I made them spur-of–the moment while cooking dinner and it was already dark when they were out of the oven.

No real recipe either but you can find similar pastries on the Internet.

I used:

450 gr frozen spinach squeezed dry
1 egg
300-400 gr feta cheese, crumbled
pepper, salt, thyme
couple of dried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 tsp chili pepper (Aleppo)
1 tbs lemon juice
1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs

1 package ready made filo pastry, I think it was 750 grams. I got mine from the Turkish shop, sealed and chilled but not frozen. (I hate frozen filo pastry, the ones I get are either dried out at the edges or clinging together, this one was great to work with).

Mix all the ingredients for the filling, The egg is there to keep it all together, and I included the breadcrumbs to make sure if there was any liquid left in the spinach it was taken care of. Would have used fresh but frozen was what I had on hand.

The process of the triangle fold was a pleasure once I had it down to a routine. My filo dough came in long rectangles and I sliced them lenghtwise in three equal strips. Proceeded to brush half of each strip with melted butter (lengthwise) and folded the unbrushed part over the buttered part. This left me with one long narrow strip.
Placing a tablespoon of the filling on the bottom left hand side of the strip it was a matter of fold over, aligning the edges as I go. Flop, flop flop and ready!

This is what I did. Mind! These are not my pictures, they are from here! And there’s a written instruction as well.


  1. Oooh yum. These look great. They're similar to the Greek Spanakopita.

  2. How many bottles of wine should I be bringing?

  3. Oooh! Those look yummy! Well done!

  4. This looks absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Delightful! I always eat these first if I see them on trays at an event or party...I rarely make them, but maybe will seeing yours.

  6. Oh lovely, love that filo stuff (can only get it frozen here unfortunately and know exactly what you mean!) Your family eats so good!

  7. I've been meaning and meaning to make something along this line. I adore spanakopita! - which must be similar to the Turkish versions.

    I must say that from your photo, they look delicious! (Must get some filo!!)


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