Jamie Oliver's 30-minute Spinach & Feta filo pie

Last weekend, we went to Bristol to celebrate Mother's Day with our friends. While Mila was having the time of her life playing with 5-months old Isla, the boys were watching rugby, my friend Mandy fed me with this gorgeous Spinach & Feta filo which frankly was to die for. Apparently it is also really easy to make, still had a WOW factor and the taste was beyond this here is the recipe for you my dear...
  • 100g (3½oz) pinenuts
  • 5 free range or organic eggs
  • 300g (10½oz) feta cheese
  • 50g (1¾oz)
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Dried oregano
  • 1 lemon
  • A knob of butter
  • 400g (14oz) prewashed baby spinach 
  • 1 x 270g pack of filo pastry 
  • Cayenne pepper 
  • 1 whole nutmeg

Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Turn the oven on to 200C/ gas 6. Put a medium (approx 26cm/10½in diameter) ovenproof frying pan on a medium heat. Put the standard blade attachment in the food processor. 
SPINACH & FETA PIE:   Put the pinenuts into the dry ovenproof frying pan to toast, tossing occasionally. Keep an eye on them. Crack 5 eggs into a mixing bowl and crumble in 300g (10½oz) feta. Grate in the Cheddar. 
Add a pinch of pepper, a couple of pinches of dried oregano, zest of 1 lemon and a glug of olive oil. Once the nuts are light golden, add them to the egg mixture and mix well. 
Put the empty frying pan back on the heat, add a little olive oil and a knob of butter and pile in half of the spinach. Gently push and move it around and add more as it wilts down. Make sure it doesn't catch on the bottom and, when there's room, start adding the rest, stirring frequently.
Meanwhile, take the pastry out of the fridge. 
Lay a large sheet of greaseproof paper, approx 50cm (20in) long, on the worktop, rub a little olive oil all over it, then scrunch it up and lay it out flat again. Arrange 4 filo pastry sheets in a large rectangle, overlapping at the edges, so they almost cover the paper. Rub some olive oil over them. Sprinkle over a good pinch of salt and pepper and a pinch of cayenne. Repeat until you have 3 layers. Don't worry about any cracked bits. Remember to keep stirring the spinach.

Once the spinach is really nice and dense, take the pan off the heat. Add the wilted spinach to the egg mixture and grate in ½ a nutmeg. Mix well. Carefully move the greaseproof paper and filo into the empty frying pan so the edges spill over. Push it down into the sides of the pan, then pour in the egg mixture and spread it out. Fold the filo sheets over the top and let them fall where they will (for more help go to www. 
Put the pan back on a medium heat for a couple of minutes to get the bottom cooking, then put the pan into the oven on the top shelf to cook for 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden and crisp.

Extracted from Jamie's 30-Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver, published by Michael Joseph on 30 September at £26. © 2010, Jamie Oliver. Photos © 2010, David Loftus. To order a copy for £20.99 (p&p free), tel: 0845 155 0720. Read more


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