Vegan Spanakopita

Vegan variation on a classic recipe from Greece: rich and delicious spinach-"cheese" pie.

Yield 8 servings
Time 1½ hours
  • large saucepan or Dutch oven
  • wooden spoon
  • clean kitchen towel or paper towels
  • large bowl
  • whisk
  • 9×13-inch baking pan
  • pastry brush
  • ½ c olive oil
  • 2½ pounds fresh spinach, cleaned and trimmed
  • 6 green onions, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 pounds firm tofu, squeezed dry
  • 1/3 c lemon juice
  • 2 t dried oregano
  • dash of nutmeg
  • ¾ c walnuts, ground
  • ¼ c nutritional yeast
  • 1 t salt
  • pepper
  • 1 pound filo pastry
Directions Preheat oven to 375º. Oil the baking pan.

Heat 2 T oil, add spinach, green onion, garlic, and dill, and sauté, stirring frequently until spinach is limp and the liquid that sweats out has boiled away. Set aside.

Place tofu in bowl and use whisk (or your hands) to mash it. Add spinach, lemon juice, oregano, nutmeg, walnuts, ¼ c olive oil, yeast, salt, and pepper and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Lay out a sheet of filo in the baking dish (it will overlap the sides). Brush with oil, lay another on top, brush with oil, and repeat for a total of 8 sheets.

Spread half of the spinach mixture over the dough. Lay out another 8 sheets of filo as above. Spread the rest of the spinach on top, then lay the rest of the filo on top.

Brush the top with oil and tuck the edges of the filo sheets into the pan.

Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.

Notes Also see my recipe for traditional spanakopita.

Adapted from Vegan With a Vengeance, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz – read my review.

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