Recipe: Mixed Winter Greens Spanakopita

Are the kale, collards and Swiss chard piling up in your fridge? This recipe will help out, it uses a LOT of greens, replacing the traditional spinach that goes in this classic Greek dish.
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Mixed Winter Greens Spanakopita

Are the kale, collards and Swiss chard piling up in your fridge? This recipe will help out, it uses a LOT of greens, replacing the traditional spinach that goes in this classic Greek dish. Serve with a medium-bodied Pinot Noir or a crisp, unoaked Chardonnay.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium size onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup shallots chopped
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary fresh, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme fresh, chopped
  • 2 pounds winter greens washed, de-stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 12 ounces feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 cup unsalted local butter melted
  • 6 sheets phyllo dough thawed

Instructions
 

  • Warm olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onions, shallots and garlic until soft. Add the greens and herbs and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the greens are limp, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, and when cool, squeeze out liquid over a colander.
  • Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste and set aside. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the feta and mix with the cooled greens until well blended.
  • Heat oven to 375°. Cover phyllo dough with a damp towel to prevent drying. Remove one layer and place on a large, oiled baking sheet. Brush the sheet with melted butter and lay another sheet of phyllo on top. Repeat with all six sheets.
  • Place the filling along the longer edge of the dough. Roll into a tight roll and tuck the ends under. Brush the roll with any remaining butter.
  • Bake 25 minutes, until a deep golden brown. Cool and slice into 6 sections. Serve with a garlic yogurt sauce.

Notes

Curly kale. Photo by Carole Topalian.
Keyword Spanakopita, Winter Greens

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