Albanian Spinach Pie (Byrek Me Spinaq)

AuthorMimoza Tresova
RatingDifficultyIntermediate

Albanian spinach pie is a savory dish made with flaky baked phyllo dough layers filled with spinach, feta cheese, eggs and herbs for flavor. Byrek is traditionally made with several phyllo dough sheets that have been thinly rolled out by hand. It can also be made with ready made pre-rolled phyllo pastry sheets.

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Yields10 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time1 hr

 20 oz frozen spinach leavesthawed and squeezed dry
 1 cup feta cheesecrumbled
 1 bunch green onionschopped
 1 garlic clovesminced
 ½ tsp salt
 ½ tsp black pepper
 1 tbsp olive oil
 2 eggslightly beaten
 1 tbsp dillchopped finely
 ½ cup olive oil mixed with melted butter for brushing phyllo sheets in between
 7 sheets of ready made pre-rolled phyllo pastry sheetsor homemade phyllo dough sheets

1

Preheat oven to 380° F.

2

Lightly oil a 10-11 inch baking pan or skillet.

3

Add spinach to a bowl and season with salt and black pepper. Stir in feta cheese, 1 tablespoon olive oil, spring onion and eggs and mix well.

4

Place 6-7 phyllo pastry sheets one by one crisscross covering and tucking with your fingers all around the skillet or pie dish. Most of the phyllo pastry sheets should be hanging outside the pie dish. Brush lightly with oil between each layer. For homemade phyllo dough sheets see my phyllo dough recipe.

5

Spread the spinach filling evenly inside the phyllo lined pie dish. Fold the overhanging phyllo on the top to cover the spinach filling. While covering the filling brush with oil every phyllo layer.

6

Brush the top phyllo dough with butter.

7

Bake the spinach pie for 35-40 minutes, or until the top crust is golden brown.

8

Let it sit for 5 minutes prior serving.

Ingredients

 20 oz frozen spinach leavesthawed and squeezed dry
 1 cup feta cheesecrumbled
 1 bunch green onionschopped
 1 garlic clovesminced
 ½ tsp salt
 ½ tsp black pepper
 1 tbsp olive oil
 2 eggslightly beaten
 1 tbsp dillchopped finely
 ½ cup olive oil mixed with melted butter for brushing phyllo sheets in between
 7 sheets of ready made pre-rolled phyllo pastry sheetsor homemade phyllo dough sheets

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 380° F.

2

Lightly oil a 10-11 inch baking pan or skillet.

3

Add spinach to a bowl and season with salt and black pepper. Stir in feta cheese, 1 tablespoon olive oil, spring onion and eggs and mix well.

4

Place 6-7 phyllo pastry sheets one by one crisscross covering and tucking with your fingers all around the skillet or pie dish. Most of the phyllo pastry sheets should be hanging outside the pie dish. Brush lightly with oil between each layer. For homemade phyllo dough sheets see my phyllo dough recipe.

5

Spread the spinach filling evenly inside the phyllo lined pie dish. Fold the overhanging phyllo on the top to cover the spinach filling. While covering the filling brush with oil every phyllo layer.

6

Brush the top phyllo dough with butter.

7

Bake the spinach pie for 35-40 minutes, or until the top crust is golden brown.

8

Let it sit for 5 minutes prior serving.

Albanian Spinach Pie (Byrek Me Spinaq)

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