I have always loved spanakopitas. They are so yummy. Yet I will tell you that I never tried to make them because they look so difficult to make. Well, over the holidays I bought a large bag of fresh spinach for my morning smoothies, not really thinking that the bag I purchased would be so much. And since we were going away for a week I decided I would make some for appetizers for the holidays. I used the recipe from a Costco Cookbook that I adapted to use what i had on hand.
It was really good, and guess what??? It was really not that hard to make. Just needed to be patient.
Ohh and you can fix them in advance and freeze them for later use.
Ingredients for about 30:
- 15 oz of frozen spinach thawed out, or fresh one that will weigh to 15 oz cooked.
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups of feta cheese or 2 cups of feta and 1 cup of ricotta ( will make the spanakopita more
- 4 scallions chopped very thinly
- 2 tbsp of the dill/ lemon demarle herb blend
- 1 clove of garlic pressed
- 1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg
- 1/2 salt
- 1/4 tsp of pepper
- 1 pack of phillo pastry
- Mix all the ingredients together and set them aside.
- Open the filo dough and cut the filo dough into 3 strips. Take one strip out, and roll the other ones back into the plastic so they will stay moist.
- Pull apart 2 layers from the stack, keep the other one under a moist paper towel. Either brush some melted butter, or olive oil, or if you have spray some Pam.
- Spoon 1 tbsp of the spinach mixture and place it in the corner of the large triangle. Fold the corner where you placed the spinach onto itself so that it will form a triangle. Continue folding until the filo has been used and the end result looks like a triangle.
- repeat all those steps until you have used all the spinach mixture.
- Spray the spanakopitas with some butter and cook them into a warm oven for 8-12 minutes at 400. Eat warm.
Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!