Spanakopita Roll: #44 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

I made this for a family picnic on the weekend. It was tricky to get the puff pastry to cook all the way through in a roll format, so I’d probably use phyllo dough if I make this again. But hey, that’s why we experiment! Tasty filling though. 🙂

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($9.50 total)

1 package puff pastry – $3.99
2 tbsp olive oil – $0.20
1/2 onion, chopped – $0.25
4 garlic cloves, minced – $0.15
Salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch chard, chopped – $2.99
1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp dill – $0.84
1 egg, beaten – $0.29
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled into bits – $0.75


1. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the chopped onion and cook for 5-7 minutes until it’s soft and translucent. Stir frequently. Add the garlic, chard, spices, salt and pepper, and cook for a few more minutes until the greens have wilted. Continue to stir frequently. When it has all come together nicely into a cooked bunch of veggies, transfer it to a bowl, cool for 5 minutes, then mix in the feta and egg. If it’s too hot it will scramble the egg.

2.  Spread out the puff pastry into a long rectangle on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then spread the filling in a long line down the middle of the pastry. Leave a nice border around the side. Fold the sides in towards the middle, then roll the whole thing towards you and pinch along the top to seal the edge. Mine got pretty messy when I was doing it, so maybe use less filling if you want a neater seal.

3. Bake at 375F for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Let it sit for 10 minutes before cutting into it, then enjoy warm. It will be nice and crusty on the outside with a soft cheesy filling. 

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 2 = 1-3 hours
  • Servings:  3 = >6 servings
  • Cost per person (prices based on Trader Joe’s/Costco): 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 1 = inedible (dough was still raw inside)
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 2 = healthy-ish
  • TOTAL: 14/18

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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