I love spinach pies! They are one of my go to appetizers at parties. Being from Michigan where spinach pies and Coney Islands run supreme, this was a staple. Because they have cheese in them I have not been able to eat them, therefore I had to figure out how to make them vegan.
This recipe is great if you have a party or need to bring something to a potluck. Because of the filo dough, it takes a while to make because it can easily tear and dry out but it is worth it! My non-vegan friends says they cannot tell that there isn't any dairy in them.
Total time: 1hour
Total cost: ~ $10
Serving: 18-24 pies
1 Flax egg (1 tsp flax seed and 3 tsp of water) $0.10 ($3 bag of flax seed)
1 cup cashew cheese $1 (see recipe here)
½ cup fresh dill $0.50 ($1.50)
5 cups spinach $2
1 Tsp pepper <$1/AP
1 Tsp salt <$1/AP
3 Tsp Olive Oil <$1/AP
4 stalks of scallions $1
½ cup of melted vegan butter $1 ($3.50/tub)
One roll of Fillo dough (14’’ x 18” sheets) $1.75 ($3.50 for 2 rolls of dough)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Add all ingredients (except the fillo dough) into a food processor and blend until smooth.
Brush a baking sheet with some of the melted butter or non-stick spray.
Unroll the filo dough. Using a sharp knife, cut the filo the long way into 3 strips. Any dough you are not using, keep covered with waxed paper and a damp towel to make sure that it doesn't dry out.
Take one strip of filo dough on a flat surface. Use a pastry brush, brush the strip of filo with melted butter. Place another strip on top and brush with butter. Repeat once more time so that it is 3 sheets thick. Place a teaspoon of spinach filling 1/2 inch from the end of the strip.
Fold the end over the filling to form a triangle, then continue to fold up the strip in triangles, like folding up a flag.
Place triangle on the baking sheet and brush the top with butter.
Repeat all until all triangles are done.
Bake triangles for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown.
Extra triangles can be frozen until you are ready to make them. Do not thaw and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown. *Prices are estimates, they will vary per location. AP= Already in pantry. These options are typically already in your pantry