04 May 2007

Spanakopita

It is easier than it sounds. The only weird thing you have to buy is phyllo dough, in the freezer section by the puff pastry (next to the frozen waffles).

This unbelievably quick and easy recipe for this is stolen from none other than Martha herself. I tried to link to it on her website but it isn't there. So here it is from my memory:

SPANAKOPITA**
3 T. Olive Oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 lb. baby spinach
1 egg
6 oz. feta cheese
3 T. dried dill
3 T. dried parsley (or 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley)
9 sheets phyllo dough
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped onion and saute about 8 minutes or until soft. Add garlic, saute one minute longer. Gradually add spinach; saute about 5 minutes or until wilted.

2. In large bowl, beat egg and add dill, parsley and feta cheese. Add spinach mixture to bowl and mix well.

3. Butter a cookie sheet. Place one sheet of phyllo on cookie sheet and brush with melted butter. Repeat twice. (Keep damp towel on top of phyllo while you aren't using it - this keeps it from drying out and breaking.) Spread spinach-cheese mixture over phyllo. Top with 3 more sheets of buttered phyllo and roll in the edges to seal. Butter remaining 3 sheets and crumple over the top.

4. Bake for 40 minutes - spanakopita should be a deep golden-brown.

**Upon tasting this, Ken Montgomery almost died and went to heaven.

7 comments:

Lydia said...

Yum!! That sounds sooo good!

Christa said...

This sounds a lot like little appetizer phyllo triangles my mom used to make and I tried to replicate during Thanksgiving, which came out pretty well. I'll have to try this version though, except I am a little confused as to what the end product should look like...a flat, rectangular pastry/pie type thing? What did you serve it with. The phyllo triangles I mentioned above were good dipped in some good (i.e. not Prego...sorry if that offends anyone), warm pasta sauce.

E-Mo said...
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E-Mo said...

C, I think the triangles are Tyropitakia... similar but easier to eat with fingers. My mom made them too. We always just ate them plain but I bet they'd be good with marinara sauce.

Like this...
http://tinyurl.com/39qr9z

Christa said...

Hey EM,

Your link took me to a page on the triangle recipe (tyropitakia). I was actually wondering what the Spanakopita looks like, but since i saw your leftovers today,I now have a visual! ;) I did find a link to a Spanakopita recipe that has a pic though (sorry I have no idea how to do "tinyurl"): http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Spanakopita-Greek-Spinach-Pie/Detail.aspx

Peter G said...

"Upon tasting this, Ken Montgomery almost died and went to heaven."


That's funny... I must've missed the part of the recipe where you added POISON!! Listen, whatever your problems are, you don't have to kill Ken! ha ha ha ha!! Nah, I'm just kidding. You do.

E-Mo said...

Dear Peej, You're just kidding - I DO have to kill Ken? OK.