CTW - Spinach Byrek

CTW - Spinach Byrek

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"The second week of my alphabetical journey takes me to Albania! This Spinach Byrek is very similar to the more popular Greek Spanikopita. The two countries border each other, and I’ve learned that they share many traditions. I love this dish; it’s so easy to throw together in less than an hour. Check out my Instagram @crosstheworldcooking for more, and stay tuned for the next recipe from Algeria!"
Easy 👌
15 min
25 min
10 min


2 oz
phyllo dough
¼ lb
fresh spinach
¾ cloves
crushed red pepper
olive oil


saucepan (large, with lid), colander, knife, oven, pastry brush

  • Step 1/7

    • ¾ cloves garlic
    • tsp crushed red pepper
    • saucepan (large, with lid)

    In a large saucepan, add 1 tsp olive oil and sauté the garlic (thinly sliced) and crushed red pepper for ~1-2 minutes on medium high.

  • Step 2/7

    • ¼ lb fresh spinach

    Once lightly toasted and fragrant, add your spinach, a handful at a time, and cover until wilted. Do this with all of your spinach. (don’t worry it will cook down)

  • Step 3/7

    • oz feta cheese
    • colander

    Once all of your spinach is wilted, drain through a colander, ensuring you get a majority of the accumulated liquid out. Toss with feta cheese and set aside in fridge to cool for at least 10 minutes.

  • Step 4/7

    • 2 oz phyllo dough
    • cup olive oil

    Brush an 8-10” cast iron pan liberally with olive oil and begin layering your phyllo dough in the pan. Alternate layers’ direction as to ensure even coverage and brush with more olive oil in between each layer. Use half of your dough on the bottom. Then evenly spread the spinach mixture along the bottom half of the dough, leaving a 1/4” gap around the outside. Finish by repeating the process for the top half of phyllo dough, and finally pinching the top and bottom together.

  • Step 5/7

    • knife

    Score the pastry on top using the top of a sharp knife. I used a small cup to ‘trace’ the center out and then scored lines for 8 even slices. You can score this however you prefer.

  • Step 6/7

    • oven
    • pastry brush

    Make an egg wash by whisking a cracked egg and 1-2 tbs of water. Brush the top of the pastry lightly with egg wash and season with salt. Place in a 350° oven for ~25 minutes or until top is golden brown and crispy.

  • Step 7/7

    Once browned remove from oven and allow to cool before slicing through your score marks and serving!

  • Enjoy your meal!

    CTW - Spinach Byrek



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