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two kale spanakopitas cut in half
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Kale Spanakopitas

These kale spanakopitas are absolutely delicious with kale, feta cheese, pine-nuts and a pinch of nutmeg all wrapped up in flaky phyllo pastry. The best way to use up a bounty of kale!
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 12
Calories: 336kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • cup spring onions chopped
  • 10 cups kale loosely packed. Kale should be washed and shredded into very small peices with stems removed
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan freshly grated
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts toasted
  • 24 sheets phyllo pastry thawed
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • bread crumbs for sprinkling
  • sea salt


  • Pre heat oven to 375 F.
  • Heat half of oil over medium heat in a medium pot. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add spring onions and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Heat the other tbsp of olive oil in the pot. Add kale, and cook, in batches, until completely wilted. You may need to add additional oil to the pot between batches. Adding a few tablespoons of water also helps the kale to wilt. Add the kale to the onions and allow to cool.
  • Add the eggs, Parmesan, 3 tablespoons of bread crumbs, nutmeg, pepper, feta and pine nuts to the kale and onions. Gently mix.
  • To assemble the spanikopitas: Place a sheet of phyllo pastry on a clean, working surface. Paint the pastry lightly with melted butter, and sprinkle with breadcrumbs (around one teaspoon). Place a second phyllo sheet on top of the first and repeat. Repeat this process until you have 4 layers of phyllo, with the top brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with breadcrumbs.
  • Cut the phyllo lengthwise in half to get two long rectangles. In the bottom left-hand corner of one of the rectangles, place ⅓ of a cup of the filling. Fold the bottom left-hand corner of the pastry towards the top right, as if you were folding a flag. Continue folding until you have a triangular-shaped pastry.
  • Place spanakopitas on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush tops with melted butter, and sprinkle with sea salt, if desired (however be aware they are not lacking in salt with all the feta). Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until they become golden.
  • Best served immediately but these also keep well in the fridge for several days and freeze well.


  • These spanakopitas hold up well in the fridge for 4 days and may be frozen for up to 3 months.
  • To freeze, wrap in plastic wrap, then place in a large storage container or bag.


Make sure you shred your kale into very small pieces to avoid 'stringy' kale.


Serving: 1spanakopita | Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 540mg | Potassium: 367mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5993IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 3mg