I’m a Little Bit Flaky
If Spanikopita could talk, this is what he (yes, Spanikopita is a “he”) would say.
‘Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Spanikopita but you may call me Pita. I come from Greece. I am very proud of that fact. Some people may say I’m from Turkey but don’t listen to them. I am a true Greek. I help people feel loved when they are lonely and comforted when they are homesick or sad. I am little bit flaky though so it’s best to enjoy me over a plate or the sink if you’re really hungry; I’ll never tell anyone, I promise.’
Spanikopita or “Pita” is the ultimate comfort food. It is buttery and flaky, nourishing, satisfying and little decadent. If you grew up Greek, you know Spanikopita was a staple in your childhood home and is probably also in your adult home. If you go away to college, it’s one of the foods you miss the most because it reminds you of home and your Momma. Spanikopita is utterly addictive and super fun to make.
Visit my Recipes Page for a recipe of Spanikopita I created from taste memories. Memories of my mother’s Spanikopita and of Spanikopita I tasted in my travels to Greece. My recipe is different from many because I layer the spinach filling. This is the trick to a truly delicious Pita. The layering is important because it prevents the dish from being too overpowering. I also add cream cheese and sauteed onions for the same reason. The tanginess of the cream cheese and the sweetness of the onions balances the sharp saltiness of the feta and the bitterness of cooked spinach. Don’t forget to squeeze as much moisture from the spinach before incorporating it into the filling or the filling will cause the dish to become soggy.
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