Cretan Spinach Pie with Andy Milonakis

Munchies is a web series done by Vice.   They have a real off the wall sensibility which is hit or miss although for me it is mostly hit, I love Vice (and am waiting for my job interview, hint, hint  – don’t you think we need another cooking show?  Only this one with a jaded urban slightly hung over middle aged gay guy? ;-).

At first I just watched their show on HBO (check it out – it’s f@&*king amazing) then discovered their series Munchies.

I have no previous knowledge of Andy Milonakis and was a little bit taken aback when I first watched this video.  He certainly isn’t afraid to share his thoughts. Nor is he afraid to share his recipes and this one looks really delicious.  Crete’s version of Spanakopita is different from its Greek cousin because it is not made with Phyllo dough.  This very much appeals to me because I hate recipes that call for “products” (as opposed to ingredients) I have to go out and buy like Phyllo pastry (and no even I am not crazy enough to try and make Phyllo dough, here is why).

There was no link to the recipe that I could find, but he breaks it down slowly enough that it is easily written out as you watch it.  I will make it so if you are patient it’ll be posted here some time this Summer. Really, I promise.

Even though he gives good advice about what kind of Feta to get I think its odd that he uses stuff wrapped in plastic in this video, if you are going to make this (as I am) by all means go to a good Greek grocer or cheesemonger and get the real deal.

Also I’d imagined you could make these and freeze them so they could be cooked up with relative ease when you wanted them.

Promise me this, if you start to watch this and have no interest you must at least watch to the 2.08 minute point for his comment on,um, er…. taste.  I nearly fell off my chair.

Certainly the most Adult themed cooking show I have ever seen.





About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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