Spanakopita literally means “spinach pie” and it is ubiquitous in Greek and Greek American restaurants. However, its origins are hazy, especially since spinach isn’t actually native to Greece. It is possible that the dish came to Greece during the Turkish occupation which lasted from 1453 to 1821. Turkey has a dish that goes back at least that far that is nearly identical, with the exception of added scallions. The Turks call it ispanaki, and it’s possible the name was adapted along with the recipe.
Savory pastry filled with spinach, onions, and feta cheese
Phyllo pastry, spinach, feta cheese, eggs, onions and/or scallions, and olive oil or butter