Greek lamb and Silver beet spiral filo pie

When your father-in-law still reads the New Zealand Herald and comes across a delicious recipe in the Bite, then why not take his suggestion and test out the recipe.

Once a week the Bite comes to our doorstep wrapped in the New Zealand Herald and every week there is a unique dish in the magazine worth taking a second look at. I often read through the Bite to get a feel for what foods are in season and how to best utilize seasonal foods!


Greed lamb and silver beet spiral filo pie


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3-4 garlic, minced
  • lemon peel
  • 3 silver beet stalk, stemmed, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp allspice, ground
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 500 g lamb mince
  • 75 g feta cheese
  • 1/4 bread crumbs
  • 12 sheets filo pastry
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven 200C/450F
  2. Blanch silverbeet for 3-4 minutes, rinse with cold water and ring out
  3. In a deep pan heat coconut oil and sauté onions, garlic, and lemon peel until soft, remove from heat and let cool; remove lemon peel
  4. Mix in lamb, whisked eggs, silver beet, cinnamon, chili flakes, and allspice into onion and garlic
  5. divide in to 3-4 equal portions
  6. Grease a 9″ springform pan with butter and evenly coat with bread crumbs, set aside
  7. Lay 1 layer of filo pastry and coat with olive oil/butter; repeat 3 more times (4 layers total)
  8. Horizontally lay out meat at the top of the filo dough and roll into a log
  9. Add feta cheese to the center of the meat and cover feta
  10. Roll the log into a pinwheel and place inside the pan
  11. Repeat steps 7-9 for remaining pastry and meat
  12. Baste oil/butter on top of the filled pastry and sprinkle with sesame seeds
  13. Bake in the oven 25-30 minutes until top is gold and crispy
  14. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes
  15. Enjoy with cucumber yogurt and sweet potato fries!

Inspired by the Bite

*** Optional: 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp oregano into meat mixture

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