9 August, 2023

Spinach flatbreads / Turkish pide recipe, sometimes called Turkish pizza, is an oval flatbread stuffed with many fillings. This recipe for vegetarian pide is made with feta cheese and spinach. It is a great dish to make on the weekend; the whole family will love it.

Serves: 8 portions (16 pides 

Preparation time: 2.5 hours (including rising of the dough) 


For the dough:  

14 g dry yeast  

125 g water  

1 tsp sugar  

125 g milk (low-fat dairy or plant-based alternative)  

500 g wholemeal flour  

1 tsp salt  

4 tbsp olive oil  

Spinach feta filling:  

500 g fresh spinach (washed and dried)  

1 large onion  

1 tbsp olive oil  

1/2 tsp black pepper  

1 tsp dried oregano  

8 fresh mint leaves or 1 teaspoon of mint  

200 g feta cheese or low-fat Greek cheese   

To brush:  

1 egg  



Mix the yeast with the sugar and water, then mix in the milk, flour, salt and oil. Knead the dough with your hands for about 7-9 minutes to form a smooth, no longer sticky dough. Use a machine if you have one. Shape it into a ball and let it rise in a covered bowl for at least one hour.  

Spinach feta filling  

Cut the spinach into fine strips. Peel the onion and cut it into fine cubes. Heat the oil, in a pan, over medium-high heat and fry the onion for about 3-4 minutes. Add the spinach and fry it until the remaining water has almost completely gone. Season the spinach with the pepper, oregano and finely chopped mint leaves or dry mint. Leave the filling to cool for 25 minutes, then add the crumbled feta cheese/low-fat Greek cheese.  

Prepare the pide  

Divide the dough into 16 pieces of about 50 grams each and shape them into balls. Roll the balls using a rolling pin into a long oval on a floured work surface. Place about 3 tablespoons of the spinach filling on top and spread the filling in the centre. Leave an approximately 3 cm wide border around the outside. First, press the ends together to form points and then fold the sides towards the middle.   

Place the pide on a baking tray (where possible, avoid using non-stick cookware) with PFAs-free baking paper. Beat the egg with a fork and brush the pastry with it. Bake the pide in a preheated oven at 200 °C heat for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Eat while they are still warm.  

Why this is good for you

Spinach leaves are rich in carotenoids such as lutein and β-carotene. The richest sources in β-carotene are yellow, orange, and green leafy fruits and vegetables (such as carrots, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cantaloupe, and winter squash). Carotenoids act as an antioxidant for humans and have also been linked with a reduced breast cancer risk, especially when you eat lots of them! 

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