EGWs6uuBZ3pp-zGuVVdmeLgkJG4 Across the Avenue: Recipe: Simple Spinach Pies #easyfatayar #simplespanakopita

Recipe: Simple Spinach Pies #easyfatayar #simplespanakopita

I love the Arabic style spinach pies, but to be honest, even in a bread maker, the dough can take some time. In an effort to find an easier, but just as delicious version of fatayer, spanakopita, or whatever version you like best, I found a delicious alternative using crescent roll dough. It's become a bigger crowd-pleaser than I anticipated! Enjoy...

Start to Finish: approximately 25 minutes

  • 2-3 packages of 8 oz crescent rolls
  • 1 package of frozen spinach, thawed
  • 3/4 cup of white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of chopped, toasted walnuts, pine nuts, or pecans
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp of sumac (no sumac available? try using lemon zest as an alternative)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1tsp of pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • Feta cheese (optional)

  1. Preheat oven according to crescent roll package instructions.
  2. Squeeze out as much water as possible from the spinach. We used a salad spinner to help with this. 
  3. Place spinach in a medium size bowl and add salt. 
  4. Finely chop 3/4 cup of white onions and add to the bowl. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  5. Spray a baking sheet with a light coating of cooking spray. Open up your crescent roll packages and separate into the perforated triangles. 
  6. Place a small spoonful of the spinach mix in the middle of each crescent roll. If you plan to add cheese to your pies, sprinkle a small amount on top of the spinach mix.
  7. Fold the crescent roll dough over, so that it creates a triangular shape.
  8. Place crescent rolls on your greased baking sheet, evenly spaced. 
  9. Bake according to crescent roll instructions. (Typically pies will bake for 8-12 minutes. We recommend keeping an eye on them and pulling them out when then begin to turn a light golden-brown color.)
  10. Allow pies to cool before serving. Enjoy!


  1. So I finally tried these the other day and they turned out so good! Very, very easy :)