Making Banitsa (Spanakopita) with Baba Luba - Cooking with Grandma





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Published on Sep 6, 2012

Baba's recipe: http://www.chow.com/recipes/30286-bab...

In this episode of Cooking with Grandma, we meet Luba Stoyanoff, also known as Baba. Together with her eldest grandchild, Katherine, Baba prepares banitsa, the Bulgarian version of the Greek spinach pie spanakopita.

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Comments • 76

Nicholas Mastis
Ελληνική παραδοσιακή Σπανακόπιτα!!!! Guys this is the real world...from spinach + pie And yeah all Greek grandmas make the best Spanakopitas ever!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fire Pug
didn't she already die😞😞😭😭
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Surfing Noid
FINALLY.....this is exactly how my Grandmother used to make "Pita."  Thank you for uploading this!!! I have been searching a long time for this recipe and seeing your finished Pita is absolutely perfect. My Grandmother was a first-generation American (arriving in 1920) from far Northern Greece and not only called this dish by its simple name of Pita, but made it using multiple layers of filling. All other recipes I've seen use one, giant, layer of filling which is impossible to eat with your hands and requires a fork/knife. A few things I wanted to note specifically: 1. You need a thick enough dough base and top to hold everything together 2. Multiple layers of filling instead of one giant layer so you can hold it in your hand while eating 3. Simple ingredients. I've seen recipes with multiple cheeses and spices like dill. This was not only too complicated, but expensive. My Grandparents were far from wealthy and ate Pita at least once a week 4. Being extremely superstitious, my Grandma would (only during Christmas and Easter) wrap a quarter in aluminium foil and place it between one of the layers. Similar to the baby in a Mardis Gras King Cake, whomever got the quarter had good luck as long as you didn't break a tooth in the discovery process!
I miss my yiayia...Yiayia, mou leipeis...
Johan Meijlaers
tsktsk, even Belgian men do make the kuri (filo) by hand, with a tochilka!!! Have to admit this belgian man learned it from Baba Sevda in Plovdiv ;-) Great to see how these traditional skills are revived on youtube. Also learned to make banitsa c praz aka praznik ;-)
Anna T
Yaaay Greek food! :)
Actually, in Greek Spanakopita, the dough sheet must be handmade, not frozen. THAT detail is very crucial. :)
gibanica is better :D
Ivana Gromuk
The only sad thing is that they are playing Greek music on a Bulgarian recipe.

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