If you’re cooking for a large crowd this Christmas, make it easier for yourself with some share plates. “Our favourite is a homemade spanakopita, a Greek pastry that’s great not just for Christmas” says Liz from Pines Deli, “but any large family gathering. Serve fresh from the oven, they’re the perfect crowd pleaser.”
Makes around 12 dozen
30 mins prep, 30 mins to cook
- 3 tbs olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 bunches spinach rinsed and chopped
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 125g ricotta cheese
- 1 cup feta cheese
- 8 sheets filo pastry
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Preheat oven to 180 degrees and lightly oil a 22cm baking dish.
Heat 3 tbsps olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic until soft and lightly brown. Stir in spinach then continue to sauté until spinach is limp (about 2mins). Remove from heat and cool in a colander to drain any excess liquid.
In a bowl mix together eggs, ricotta and feta. Stir in spinach,. Lay 1 sheet of filo in the baking dish and brush lightly with olive oil and repeat process with two more sheets.
Spread spinach and cheese mix into the dish. Brush with oil, then layer the remaining 4 sheets, brushing each with oil.
Bake in preheated oven for 30-40mins until golden brown. Cut into squares and serve while hot.
Traditional Christmas dishes from around the world
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Angela's Vanilla Panna Cotta
Toni's Greek Shortbread
Thu's Asian Style BBQ Lamb Chops
Elaine's Christmas Pudding