Thursday, November 13, 2008

Cheater Spanikopita

I made Spanikopita last weekend and had tons of the filling leftover. I decided to experiment with the Puff Pastry in my freezer. It turned out really well and was so much faster and easier than dealing with Philo Dough. This would be great for a party.

1 box of Frozen Puff Pastry

Spanikopita Filling
1 box of Frozen Chopped Spinach (thawed)
1 container of Feta Cheese, crumbled
1 small container of Ricotta Cheese
1 Egg, beaten
2 cloves of garlic minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp Dill (optional)
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped scallions

You will have 2 Puff Pastry sheets in the box, you only need one.

THAW pastry sheet at room temperature 30 min-40 minutes

Preheat oven to 400°

Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Slowly cook and stir onions, scallions and garlic until softened.

Mix in spinach and the spices. Cook approximately 10 minutes, or until most of the moisture has been absorbed.

Remove from heat, let cool slightly

Mix in Feta Cheese, Ricotta, egg, salt and pepper, stir until well combined.

UNFOLD pastry on lightly floured surface. Roll into 18"x9" rectangle. Cut into 18 (3") squares.

Press squares into 3" muffin-pan cups. Place 1 tsp or so of the mixture into the cups.

BAKE 12 min. or until golden. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 min. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.


Kevin said...

If you get to enjoy more great spanikopita flavour then cheating is a ok in my book. :) Those look great!

Darius T. Williams said...

LOL - I love that it's cheating...doesn't matter tho - still looks great!


Amy said...

Those look great! I'm all for cheating too. I mean why not make your life easier if you can.

Queen B. said...

wow, that looks great !!!

Pam said...

A great idea for a tasty appetizer.

Katherine Aucoin said...

These look delicious. They would be wonderful as a side too, everyone could have their own. I love spinach!

Raquel said...

Hmmm. . . been wondering what to do with my leftover puff pastry - this is a great idea! Much love, Raquel XO

Heather said...

mmmm, i love spanikopita. it is one of my favorite things ever. this one looks delicious - i love the shape of them :)

Paula said...

What a cool idea! These would be a great thing to serve over the holidays. Man, you come up with the most clever stuff. So after thawing the spinach and the pastry sheets, it doesn't look like it took too, too much time to assemble. I really like stuff like this. Well done!

Jan said...

What a great idea, Cheryl! These look fabulous. I could just pick one up and eat it right now.

Lisa said...

Cheating is the way to go. These make great appetizers.

mădălina said...

This is a fantastic recipe. I love your site:)

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Great dish. Thanks for sharing this. Your ideas are very nice.

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