Spanakopita with caramelised onions & pine nuts

I adore making pastry: it is up there on an equal footing for me with bread. Filo, however, is the pastry I find challenging: while I can make it, I just don’t seem to have enough hands to get full stretching without tearing, so it sometimes becomes a frustrating affair. But it is nonetheless fun to make.

I made this recent batch of filo into a version of Spanakopita. I sometimes find myself disappointed with Spanakopita when eating out as the Feta is too dominant, resulting in a claggy, overly salty filling. So I added a few extras such as toasted pine nuts and some slightly caramelised onions to give a touch of sweetness to balance the saltiness of the Feta.

The caramelised onions and other additions might not be classic but they do, I think, make a lovely dish!

I didn’t measure out the ingredients; I just mixed the following together:

  • wilted and squeezed/well drained spinach
  • some Feta cheese
  • a beaten egg
  • a little grated Parmesan
  • just a touch of finely chopped fresh rosemary that had been sautéed in olive oil
  • some grated lemon zest
  • the cooled caramelised onions
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • a generous handful of the toasted pine nuts
  • freshly ground black pepper

For the filo, I rolled it out and stretched it thinly and cut into 4 large rectangles with melted butter brushed liberally on each. I stacked the filo on top to create 4 layers.

The mixture was spread thinly over the filo before being rolled up and coiled, Cumberland sausage-style. It was then brushed with egg wash and sprinkled with grated Parmesan and poppy seeds.

I baked the Spanakopita at 170C (fan) for just over 35 minutes until golden brown and wonderfully crispy. It worked well with a green salad tossed in a lemony dressing.



  1. Sounds delicious and love the addition of the caramelised onions


  2. Oh wow, that looks incredible!


    1. Thank you Jeanne


Sauce Box

Never get lost in the Sauce

Something Sweet Something Savoury

Family friendly recipes from a chaotic kitchen

Indian Curry Shack By Anugya

A Recipe Repertoire For Everyday Cooking


Good food, without fuss

Julie's Family Kitchen

A home for cooking and baking recipes

God's Little Acre Farm Blog

Sharing the little things in life, one blog at a time!

Food without fuss

Simple food, big on flavour!

The Recipe Hunter

Cook and Enjoy

My Baking Adventure

Going on an adventure or baking a new dessert - they both bring you joy and fill you with happiness

Splash of Happiness

Splashing happiness in your day

the chef mimi blog

So Much Food. So Little Time.

It's All Frosting...

Projects, recipes, and other things that make life fun!

Come dine with Teo

Because eating is a necessity, but savouring is a pleasure.

joannas sydney

An insider's guide to Sydney, Australia


food books (?) pretentious writing etc

biscuits and pieces

Food, lifestyle and everything in between

Journey of a Blogvelist

The Writing of Curtis Bausse

Stefan's Gourmet Blog

Cooking, food, wine


el blog de dulceidea

This is not a pie

Young baker from Brighton presents her recipes

Bakers and Best

Baking the Michigan Difference into every loaf.

Charlotte's Web of Bakes

The outcomes of an experimental (albeit amateur) baking enthusiast!


All about the passion for food

Cooking without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes

Eat The Roses

Highly Opinionated Thoughts About Food, The Universe and Everything

I Dream in Buttercream

Cloud9.1's Baking Blog

Le Céleste Pâtisserie

Professional Chef Recipes and knowledge source for patisserie, baking and pastry


baking adventures on both sides of 'the pond'

Knead to Dough

the go-to site for your foodie blog and biz resources

Love Grace and Cakes

Sitting here in a pile of flour and icing sugar, drinking wine

Wuthering Bites

Simple Gluten Free recipes for any time of day.

The Baking Hermit

Hobby baker who enjoys learning about the science and techniques behind making the perfect baked goods that taste and look good.

Blissfully Scrumptious

Blissfully scrumptious recipes for cakes and bakes


Baking from the heart...with a pinch of guilt-free indulgence!

Natascha's Palace

A blog about culinary adventures from a Canadian living in Spain


Cook. Bake. Eat.

lili's cakes

Pâtisserie Sans Frontières

Addicted to the Sweet Life

Two uni students exploring Melbourne's food destinations


share the loaves


good food with simple ingredients

food for fun

enjoying what's on my plate

Clandestine Cake Club

Bake, Eat, Talk about Cake

Every Nook & Cranny simply filled with food

Preheat the Oven

with Chef Jae

%d bloggers like this: