spa·​na·​ko·​pi·​ta ˌspä-nə-ˈkō-pē-tə How to pronounce spanakopita (audio)
variants or less commonly spanokopita
: a traditional Greek pie of spinach, feta cheese, and seasonings baked in phyllo

Examples of spanakopita in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was a recipe for spanakopita, the spinach-and-feta pie. Marcela Valdes. Photographs and Videos By Peden + Munk, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Essence Bakery Essence Bakery is known for its delightful pastries and dishes like quiche Lorraine ($14.50) and spanakopita ($14.75). Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 29 Jan. 2024 However, the chef is probably playing with too much with fusion by trying create spanakopita ravioli—with crunchy filo bits inside—I’d much prefer mine simple and straight forward. Liza B. Zimmerman, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Her father’s influence paired with her natural ability to create gourmet Greek dishes, such as skordalia, a traditional Greek garlic sauce, pastitsio, a pasta bake, spanakopita, and all varieties of fish her husband would catch. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 1 May 2023 There is also a variety of hummus platters, spanakopita, Greek salads, vegan chickpea sambusak and Israeli crispy chicken sliders. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 31 Mar. 2023 At my favorite Greek bakery, a kind woman named Lydia knew my order by heart: three of the walnut-honey cookies called melomakarona, one square of custardy galaktoboureko and a dozen triangular spanakopita. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021 Filo Pie Reminiscent of Greek spanakopita pastries, but with no individual shaping, this big filo pie is a snap to prepare. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 10 Dec. 2022 His spanakopita takes the shape of an egg roll rather than a slab, for instance. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spanakopita was in 1944

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“Spanakopita.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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