British Springtime Spanakopita

This traditional Greek spinach pie dish makes for a delicious savoury lunch. If nettles are not available, use any available spring greens or try extra spinach or wild garlic which are currently in season.

Ingredients

For the filling

30g butter

2 bunches spring onions, sliced

200g nettles

200g wild garlic

100g spinach

100g flat leaf parsley, leaves picked

Large bunch of chives, finely chopped

Large bunch of chervil, finely chopped

Large bunch of sorrel leaves, thick stems removed and chopped

Small bunch of dill, finely chopped

Small bunch of mint, finely chopped

300g feta (or British ricotta), crumbled

2 tsp freshly ground pepper

2 large eggs, beaten

Salt

For the pastry

10 sheets filo pastry (300g)

70g butter, melted

2 tbsp. black sesame seeds or nigella seeds

Method

  1. Place the nettles, spinach and wild garlic into a perforated steam tray and wilt at 90°C steam for 1 minute. When cool enough to handle, squeeze out as much liquid as possible, chop roughly and keep aside.

  2. Add the butter into a large frying pan over a medium heat and add the spring onions, sweat gently for a few minutes and add all of the chopped greens, cooking for a further 10 minutes to make sure any excess moisture evaporates.

  3. Combine the greens with the remaining ingredients, reserving ¼ of the beaten egg for later. Do not be afraid of overmixing.

  4. To begin shaping, roughly divide the filling into 5. Take a sheet of filo and lay it on the counter, long side nearest you. Brush liberally with the melted butter and then lay another sheet on top. Take 1/5 of the filling and spoon it along the bottom edge, leaving a 2cm gap either end. Spread the mixture upwards, around half way up the sheet and then roll up from the bottom. Brush some melted butter onto a baking tray, gently lift your first roll onto the tray and begin shaping it into a swirl. It may crack or split, but just hide these underneath. Repeat these steps, tucking the end of the roll into the open end of the previous roll until you have used all pastry and filling. Brush the rest of the melted butter all over the spiral, followed by the reserved egg. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

  5. Preheat your Miele Combination Steam Oven to the Combi Fan Plus 190°C + 0% Humidity setting. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the pastry is golden and crisp. Once baked, let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Alternatively, this can be cooked in a Miele Oven on Fan Plus 190°C for the same length. If available, activate the crisping function.

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