Lamb & spinach spanakopita with a slice taken out

Lamb & spinach spanakopita

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 55 mins

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Serves 6

Make this stunning spanakopita - 'spinach pie'. Traditionally made with filo pastry, feta and spinach, here we’ve added lamb, slow-cooked in stock

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal784
  • fat55g
  • saturates25g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein41g
  • salt1.7g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 800g lamb neck or shoulder, cut into chunks
    Lamb

    Lamb

    laam

    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 500ml lamb or chicken stock
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp butter
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 onion, finely sliced
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 heaped tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

    sin-ah-mun

    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 500g spinach
    Spinach

    Spinach

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    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 150g feta, crumbled
    Feta

    Feta

    feh-tah

    A creamy soft white cheese with an ancient history - nomadic tribes who needed to preserve the…

  • 1⁄2 small bunch of mint, leaves picked and finely chopped
    Mint

    Mint

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  • 2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    Eggs

    Egg

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For the pastry case

  • 100g butter, melted
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 270g filo pastry
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds

Method

  1. Heat half the oil in a casserole pot over a medium-high heat and fry the lamb for 5-7 mins, or until deep brown all over. Cover with the stock, then add the cinnamon stick and bay leaf, and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 11/2 hrs, or until the lamb is tender and falling apart. 

  2. Heat the remaining oil and the butter in a frying pan, then fry the onions with a large pinch of salt for 15-20 mins, or until golden and sticky. Add the garlic and spices, and cook for 3 mins more. Remove the lamb from its stewing liquid (reserving the liquid), transfer to a chopping board and shred using two forks. Stir the shredded meat into the onion mixture, along with 50ml of the reserved liquid.

  3. Put the spinach in a pan with 1 tbsp water, and cook for 3-4 mins, or until wilted. Wrap in a clean tea towel and squeeze out the excess liquid, or put in a fine sieve and press it out using the back of a wooden spoon. Roughly chop the spinach, then stir into the lamb and onion mixture along with the feta, mint, pine nuts and egg. Season.

  4. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6, and brush a 22cm round springform cake tin with some of the melted butter. Layer four sheets of filo pastry across the tin, then brush with more melted butter. Spoon in the filling, and fold the overhanging pastry over the top. Scrunch up the remaining pastry sheets, put on top of the pie, and brush with the remaining melted butter. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Bake for 45-50 mins, or until golden and crisp. Will keep in the fridge for up to up to two days.

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Emilytk
19th Jul, 2020
Made this today and wasn’t disappointed, absolutely delicious! Cooked the lamb yesterday and left it sitting in the stock overnight so was less to do today. Served with grilled red peppers stuffed with Boursin which is all you need with it because it’s so flavorsome. My new favorite dinner!
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