Gluten-free Greek Spinach and Feta Cheese Pie / Tart (Spanakotiropita/ Σπανακοτυρόπιτα)

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Everyone knows 'spanakopita', but spana-ko-tiro-pita is basically is the sister dish with the added feta cheese! 


Traditionally spanakotiropita is made with phyllo pastry, however, as this is not gluten-free, I don't believe in missing out! This spanakotiropita has the same scrumptious filling but has been adapted to suit a shortcrust pastry base. The result is a cross between a quiche and a savoury tart. It's just as delicious and perfect served cold at a summer picnic or warmed in the cooler months!


SERVINGS.

6-8 Servings

PREP TIME.

15 Minutes

COOK TIME.

25 Minutes

INGREDIENTS.

1  x shortcrust pastry tart base

  • 300g spinach, washed 

  • 200g feta cheese, crumbled

  • 1 small leek, finely chopped

  • 4 spring onions/ scallions, finely chopped

  • Small bunch of wild garlic leaves, roughly chopped (or 2 cloves minced garlic if the leaves are unavailable to you)

  • 3 large eggs, whisked

  • 225g plain Greek yoghurt

  • 2 tsp sumac powder or lemon rind, grated

  • 2 Tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil

METHOD.

  1. Make and parbake the shortcrust pastry base. Leave aside to cool slightly.

  2. Preheat oven to 180ºC.

  3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients together and mix well. Then pour the mixture into the pastry case.

  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the edges are slightly golden and the tops are lightly browned.

  5. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes to firm up before serving. 


This pie is enjoyed both warm and cold.

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HEALTH BENEFITS.

Spinach - contains several important plant compounds linked to improving eye health, heart health, reducing inflammation and decreasing your risk of cancer and chronic diseases. (Source)


Feta cheese - a good source of calcium, phosphorus and protein, all of which have been proven to promote bone health. (Source)


Leeks - The early Greeks and Romans were fond of leeks, thinking they were good for the voice. We now know Leeks are rich in flavonoids, especially one called kaempferol. Flavonoids are antioxidants and may have anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and anticancer properties, as well as other health benefits. (Source)


Spring onions / scallions -  are an excellent source of vitamin C and calcium. They are also a good source of dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals. (Source)


Wild garlic leaves - Hippocrates, the revered Ancient Greek physician, prescribed garlic for a variety of conditions. Garlic was given to the original Olympic athletes in Greece, as perhaps one of the earliest “performance enhancing” agents. (Source) Wild garlic is widely known for its antibacterial, antibiotic and possibly antiviral properties, and contains vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and copper which is used in the treatment of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stomach upset, and chronic diseases. (Source)


Eggs - are incredibly nutritious, a great source of protein, healthy fats and they help elevate levels of HDL (the "good") cholesterol, which is linked to a lower risk of many diseases. (Source)


Plain Greek yoghurt - is a great source of protein, calcium, and packed with probiotics which are healthy bacteria that can help boost your immune system and decrease stomach issues. (Source)


Sumac - lemony in flavour and supremely rich in antioxidants. (Source)


Greek extra virgin olive oil - specifically Greek oil, has the lowest acidity (approximately 0.5%) and is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Benefits may include anti-inflammatory properties, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and improves bone calcification. (Source)

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  • Many of my recipes call for Greek products like Greek extra virgin olive oil, Greek honey or Greek oregano. It is not mandatory for it to be Greek in order to make the recipe, you are more than welcome to use a good quality alternative; just keep in mind if you are after the authentic flavours of Greece these details do make all the difference in Greek cuisine. You can shop these ingredients here.​

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  • Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.

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