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Veganised Spanakopita greens pie slice
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Vegan Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Servings: 5
Author: Louise-Claire Cayzer

Ingredients

For the Greens mix

  • 1 large or 2-3 small leeks , finely chopped
  • A huge pile of Spinach or Chard- enough to generously fill a deep frying pan , chopped (NB: this would be equivelant to 2 bags of spinach, or a large bunch of chard.
  • chilli (optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves , finely diced
  • Fresh Parsley and/or dill
  • Olive oil to sautee
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • For the Vegan Feta/Ricotta mix
  • 50 g firm tofu
  • 100 g macadamia nuts , soaked for at least 3 hours
  • 1 Tbs nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 5-6 big green olives stuffed with garlic (the yummy deli kind)
  • Juice and zest half a lemon

To assemble the pie

  • 1 pack filo pastry You will need 7-8 leaves total
  • Olive Oil

Instructions

  • Make the 'ricotta' by first of all pulverising the macadamia nuts, then adding the tofu and other ingredients. Taste and add extra salt, a bit of dried dill or another olive to add more zing.
  • Saute the leeks, garlic and chilli until soft in a big frying pan. If you're using chard, add the chopped stems now to so they soften.
  • Add the greens and wilt them down to a big squishy mess.Taste and add salt & lemon juice. To avoid a soggy pie you might need to drain off a bit of excess liquid.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Slick a springform pan with olive oil, then oil up around 5-6 layers of pastry, overlapping them so that all sides of the tin are covered.
  • Mix the vegan ricotta in with the now slightly cooler greens and spoon into the pie dish.
  • Fold the filo pastry over the top and add some extra scrunched up on top for a 'lid'. - 2 or 3 pieces should be plenty. No need for an egg or milk wash as the olive oil gives a nice shine to the pastry.
  • Cook in a pre-heated oven- Gas Mark 7/ 220C for around 20mins, or until the pie is a pretty glossy brown on top.
  • Serve with a herby tomato salad.

Notes

The pie is also lovely cold and re-heats beautifully.