Spanakopita


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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
  1.  Mix all the ingredients together and set them aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. repeat all those steps until you have used all the spinach mixture.
  6. Spray the spanakopitas with some butter and cook them into a warm oven for 8-12 minutes at 400. Eat warm.

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Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Olive and Ricotta Cigars


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Entertaining is so much fun, especially right now. The house is decorated for the Holidays and it is the time to be jolly;-)

But getting ready for a party can be such a daunting task with all the things that need to be done and all the food that needs to be made. Of course you could buy pre-made food, but when the food is home-made, your guests really really appreciate.

Well this evening I will present you a recipe that requires very few ingredients, that is very easy to prepare and that is good.

Ingredients for 20-25 cigars:

  • 1 pack of phyllo pastry thawed out
  • 1/3 cup of olive tapenade
  • 2/3 cup of ricotta cheese or goat cheese at room temperature
  • salt and pepper to season

In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta and the olive tapenade. Add salt and pepper to taste. Open the package of phillo dough and with scissors, cut the phillo dough in half in its length and then again half in its width.

Spoon 1/2 tsp of the mixture at the end of one rectangle and peel 2 sheets of the rectangle. Roll the phillo dough over the mixture and keep rolling to make it a cylinder, or a look-alike cigar. Repeat this process until you have used all the mixture.

Place the cigars on a silpat that has been placed over a perforated sheet and cook in a warm oven at 375 for 10-12 minutes. C’est tout!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!