First of all, I was a little apprehensive about making spinach pie for dinner. I really didn't think my meat and potatoes kind of guys were going to like a dinner with spinach as the main ingredient. This spinach pie pinned from Martha Stewart looked good to me even if it wasn't appealing to the rest of my household. I figured I'd give it a try since we all like Greek food and this was supposed to be similar to spanakopita which is basically a Greek spinach pie.
Second, I really wish the recipe had mentioned to thaw the phyllo dough two hours before working with it. That useful piece of information was on the box of phyllo dough, but not in the recipe directions and I didn't notice it until I was trying to work with phyllo dough that was frozen and brittle.
The recipe says to use four sheets of phyllo dough which really seems like too much. I used two sheets of phyllo dough which was plenty. Even though the phyllo dough hadn't thawed out, I decided to go ahead with it anyway, because I was already half way through making the pie and we couldn't wait two hours for dinner.
The spinach pie came out of the oven looking great. The phyllo dough was nicely browned. But once we started eating it, we realized that it really hadn't cooked properly and was doughy in spots. Probably because the phyllo hadn't properly thawed.
This spinach pie looks so good, it's hard to believe this recipe was a fail. I don't accept failure very well and I'm tempted to try this recipe again and do a better job on the phyllo dough. The guys were not impressed. It was just too much spinach for them. Even if the phyllo dough had thawed and cooked properly, they just didn't like all that spinach.
Inspired by this pin for spinach pie.