Thursday, January 8, 2009

Spanakopita - Spinach Triangles

These are similar to what ancient Greek people would have purchased at the market to take home for dinner.

Recipe taken from this book



Ingredients:

2 packages frozen chopped spinach

1 stick butter

2 green onions, chopped

8 ounces feta cheese

15 ounces ricotta cheese or small curd cottage cheese

3 eggs, beaten

1 or 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 pound frozen fillo pastry dough



Instructions:


  1. Thaw the spinach ahead of time. Let it drain in the colander. Press all the water out with a fork.

  2. Heat the oven to 375.

  3. Put a tablespoon of butter in the saucepan and add the onion. Stir over medium-low until the onion is cooked.

  4. Add the drained and squeezed spinach and simmer a few minutes.

  5. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the feta cheese, ricotta cheese, eggs, and parsley.

  6. Mix well.

  7. Melt the rest of the butter (7 tbsp) in a pan on low heat.

  8. Open the fillo dough and cut it into three pieces.

  9. Place a damp towel over the dough to keep it from drying out before you use it.

  10. Remove one sheet at a time.

  11. Fold in the sides about 1 inch.

  12. Brush the dough with melted butter.

  13. Place a tablespoon of spinach-cheese filling in the lower corner.

  14. Fold the dough in triangles, over and over, until you get to the end of the dough strip.

  15. Tuck the ends under.

  16. Place the triangles on a baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes or until they are golden brown.



1 comment:

Jennifer said...

I have made these before and Matthew LOVED them!! I was suprised but he ate them up!