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This spanakopita, or spinach pie, recipe is from Aaron Caramanis' "Ya Ya" (the Greek word for Grandmother).

  • Yield: Serves 12

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2009


  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 pounds baby spinach, rinsed well, stems removed, and coarsely chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup Clarified Butter
  • 10 sheets phyllo dough, halved crosswise


  1. Fill a medium saucepan with 1/2 cup water and add rice. Cover and place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to a simmer and cook until almost all the water is absorbed, about 4. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together spinach, scallions, mint, parsley, olive oil, soy sauce, rice, salt, and pepper and stir to combine.

  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with clarified butter. Lay one half sheet of phyllo dough in bottom of baking dish; brush with butter. Add another layer of phyllo dough, repeating process 8 more times to form crust.

  4. Spread spinach mixture evenly over crust. Top with a half sheet of phyllo dough. Brush dough with butter and top with another half sheet of phyllo dough. Repeat process 8 more times to form top crust.

  5. Cut pie into 3-inch squares. Transfer baking dish to oven and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking until golden brown, about 40 minutes more. If crust begins to brown too quickly, cover baking dish with parchment paper-lined aluminum foil until filling is heated through.

Reviews (3)

  • bevans09 28 Jun, 2012

    This is a tasty version that does not contain cheese, which I like. It's lighter and flavorful!!! My husband hates cooked spinach and REALLY likes this!

  • Mariposa25 28 Feb, 2010

    Being third generation Greeks I believe gives our grandchildren the right to call their Greek grandmother Ya Ya if they want...main deal here is that they love, respect and try to follow their traditions. My grandson uses soy sauce in many of his greek dishes and they taste wonderful. Chill MBA1...we are in the USA.

  • MBA1 24 Jul, 2009

    First of all... Greek grandmother is Yiayia... so.. why do you need soy sauce...NOOOOOO a bit of nutmeg is called for ...

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