Friday, November 4, 2011

recipe of the week: spanakopita

i made very little changes to this recipe.
are you in shock yet?

honestly, it's greek food
and i've never MADE greek food before,
so i figured i wouldn't mess with it this time around!
the original comes from food network


olive oil
2 pounds frozen spinach, thawed
1 bunch of scallions, chopped (white and green parts)
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper

a sprinkle of nutmeg (i lied.  i DID add this.  spinach always needs a nutmeg sprinkle.)
1/2 pound crumbled feta cheese (i used the kind with mediterranean herbs)

2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted (yep, the health factor kind of disappears when you read that, doesn't it!)
1 pound filo sheets, thawed

heat olive oil in pan and toss spinach in.  cook down for about 3 minutes.  remove spinach from the pan

in the same pan, pour in another tablespoon or so of oil and add the chopped scallions.  saute them for 2-3 minutes.  add spinach, parsley, nutmeg, salt and pepper and cook together for 1-2 minutes.  remove from heat to cool.

when the mixture has cooled, add the beaten egg and the feta to the spinach mixture

mix well

preheat oven to 350

brush a baking sheet with a thin layer of the melted butter.  (nope, not kidding)

carefully unroll the filo dough.  cut into 3 long and even strips.  you can cover the dough that is not being used with wax paper and a damp towel, or just work quickly :-)

brush one thin sheet of dough with butter and lay a 2nd on top.  repeat, adding a third.  the butter should seep through enough that you won't need more.
(this is not necessarily a pretty process.  but the end result is fantastic enough that you should just

 place a small spoonful of the filling on the edge and begin rolling the dough into a triangle form. (this is way easier than it sounds!)

bake for 20-25 minutes (it was 23 for us) until the triangles are crisp and slightly golden.

hint: this recipe goes well with the tabouli salad i posted a bit ago...and both are relatively simple!


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