Food porn: Alex Perry’s spanakopita (from Celebrity Masterchef)


It's almost Pavlovian, when the Masterchef jingle starts... so does the hunger pangs. And now it's back on our screens (forcing us once again to suffer from serious nightly food envy) we've taken a trip down memory lane to one of the show's more fashionable feasts, as dished out by the one and only Alex Perry.

Recipe by Alex Perry for Celebrity Masterchef, Channel 10



3 cups plain flour

1 tsp salt

½ cup olive oil

½ cup water

1 egg yolk


1kg English spinach, stalks removed, finely chopped

Pinch salt

1 cup spring onions, chopped

½ cup fresh dill, finely chopped

½ cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

500g Greek feta, crumbled (Dodoni)

1 cup parmesan cheese, grated

4 tbs milk

3-4 eggs, lightly beaten

4 tbs melted clarified butter

Salt and pepper



1. Pre heat the oven to 200°C. Grease and line a baking tray.

2. To make the dough, sift together the flour and salt in a bowl and make a

well in the centre. Add 4 tablespoons of the oil, water and the egg yolk,

use your hands to gradually incorporate the dry ingredients, add the

remaining oil. Place on a clean flat surface and knead to a smooth elastic

dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for ½ hour.

3. Meanwhile prepare the filling, Sprinkle the spinach with a little salt and

run under cold water, rub with your fingers. Rinse, drain, and squeeze out

the excess water and finely chop.

4. Combine the spinach, shallots, dill, parsley, cheese, milk, eggs, and

melted butter in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

5. Roll the dough into a large rectangle and cut into three, lengthways. Place

filling along the edges of each strip of dough and roll up to enclose. You

will have three long sausage shape pastries with filling. Scroll each

sausage log into a roll (looks like a snail shell) and place onto the lined

baking sheet.

6. Mix the egg and milk together and brush the glaze over the pie. Bake 45 -

60 minutes, or until golden brown.


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  • Libby says:

    Loving he recipes very much. I made Fleur Wood’s Rhubarb Meringue over the weekend and it turned out very yummy (not as pretty as it looks in the picture I’m sure this will be equally as delectable:-)

  • joburkey says:

    I love spanikopta, this is such a cute way to present it. i love that you are adding such wonderful recipes

  • charlotte says:

    arghhh this picture makes me hungry when ever i see it and i only just had a massive breakfast!

  • ichigolove01 says:

    This looks delicious! I am totally drooling over that picture right now. I might try out this recipe sometime soon

  • Melanie says:

    This looks yummy! I would swap feta for ricotta though as I prefer ricotta. YUM YUM!

  • RobbieC says:

    Great recipe – would recommend it!

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