spa·​na·​ko·​pi·​ta | \ ˌspä-nə-ˈkō-pē-tə How to pronounce spanakopita (audio) , -pi-tə\
variants: or less commonly spanokopita

Definition of spanakopita

: a traditional Greek pie of spinach, feta cheese, and seasonings baked in phyllo

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The owners' Greek heritage is celebrated with dishes such as spanakopita, pastitsio spring rolls, flaming saganaki, shrimp saganaki, lamb meatballs with tomato sauce and feta, and avgolemono soup. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Ouzo Bay brings seafood thrills to River Oaks," 12 July 2019 Feast on gyros, moussaka, spanakopita and other Greek delights at the 41st Taste of Greece at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church. Sara Cagle,, "Gyros and comedy, pirates and cats and more for your close-to-home weekend," 26 June 2019 There will be food galore: homemade baklava, gyros, spanakopita, pastitsio, lamb sliders, Greek coffee, honey puffs and more. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Opa! Greek festival to offer food, music, dancing this weekend in Troy," 17 June 2019 Start with a bunch of mezze like hummus, spanakopita, and grape leaves; for entrées, try one of the fresh catches on the blackboard specials. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 There was flaky spanakopita in Athens and crepes stuffed with tuna, egg, and spicy harissa in Tunisia. SELF, "I'm a Foodie With Celiac Disease. Here's Why I Love Traveling to Sweden," 25 Sep. 2018 People are loving the spanakopita, also known as spinach pie, and the rice pudding. Jessi Virtusio, Post-Tribune, "The Simple Greek offers healthy fast-casual meals in Munster," 6 June 2018 Festival goers can feast on dolmades, spanakopita, Greek sausage, pita bread and plenty of feta cheese. Shelia Poole, ajc, "Things to do in and around Atlanta this weekend," 18 May 2018 Whipped labneh is subtly perfumed with rosewater, lending a floral whiff to curls of salted Persian cucumber dusted with za’atar; tahini slipped under flaky spanakopita-like hand pies contributes a nutty bass note. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Is How You Taste All L.A.’s Best New Restaurants in One Night," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of spanakopita

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spanakopita

Modern Greek spanakopēta, from spanaki spinach + pēta, pita pie

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