Recipes: Anastasia’s Spiral Pita

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Anastasia’s Spiral Pita 

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ tablespoons of medium or short grain rice
1 onion, finely diced
6-8 spring onions chopped
400g spinach, chopped OR 400g of wild greens (edible green leaves/weeds)
150g feta cheese, crumbled
125g cottage or ricotta cheese OR alternatively use more feta
1 egg
1 1/2 tablespoons dill OR fresh fennel hearts, finely chopped
1 generous pinch of nutmeg OR pepper
1 packet filo pastry OR handmade thin sheets of pastry


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  2. Place olive oil in a fry pan and heat. Add rice and onion and slowly cook until transparent and tender.
  3. In a bowl place spring onions, spinach, feta, cottage cheese (other cheese preferred), egg, dill and nutmeg. Mix through with clean fingertips ensuring mixture is thoroughly blended.
  4. Place unrolled filo pastry sheet on a floured flat surface and cut into strips approximately 12cm wide.
  5. Evenly spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of the mixture in the middle of the filo pastry strip.
  6. Fold the vertical ends of the filo strip over so they touch ensuring the mixture stays within and pinch the filo together forming a tube around the mixture. Pinch the ends as well so the mixture doesn’t seep out.
  7. Take one end of the filled strip and roll it towards itself until it forms a spiral. You have now created a spiral pita.
  8. Repeat with remaining filo until you have used all of the filling.
  9. Arrange spirals on a large baking tray at least 5cm apart and brush with a little olive oil.
  10. Bake 15 -20 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.

Note: This was my mother’s family recipe, but I have extended family members (like my aunts) who instead of adding 125g of other style cheese,
add 125g of mushed pumpkin or zucchini.


Make sure you purchase sustainable and environmentally sourced ingredients and support your local businesses too.


(C) T. Altman 2015

Disclaimer:  The information presented here is taken from my own personal experiences and are to be used as a guide only.  Please take into consideration, any medical conditions such as allergies before attempting.  Permission to reprint any information or photos on this blog must be obtained by the blog creator (

Featured Image: (c) T. Altman 2012


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