|Spanakopita / Spinach Feta triangles|
|Pan fried Spanakopita triangles|
While chating with my dear friend (Dal) not long ago, she mentioned that she had Spanakopita. Huh?? Spa.. what?? what's that, Dal?? sounds so alien.. "No Syl, it's actually a Greek spinach feta cheese pie." "Try it and blog about it.."
So tried and blog about it I am.. Yes, I googled it and it's such an easy recipe and great for dinner or even party food. Love the idea of making LM eat vegetables without complaining.. He actually ate 6 of these triangles.. Happy me :)
So here's the recipe adapted from allrecipes:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds spinach, rinsed and chopped (I used frozen spinach)
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
8 sheets phyllo dough (I didn't have phyllo pastry so I used spring roll wrapper)
1/4 cup olive oil
- Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion, green onions and garlic, until soft and lightly browned. Stir in spinach (If use frozen spinach, preheat the spinach in microwave as per instruction from packet.)and parsley, and continue to saute until spinach is limp, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, ricotta, and feta. Stir in spinach mixture. Lay 1 sheet of phyllo dough in prepared baking pan, and brush lightly with olive oil. Lay another sheet of phyllo dough on top, brush with olive oil, and repeat process with two more sheets of phyllo. The sheets will overlap the pan. Spread spinach and cheese mixture into pan and fold overhanging dough over filling. Brush with oil, then layer remaining 4 sheets of phyllo dough, brushing each with oil. Tuck overhanging dough into pan to seal filling. Bake in preheated oven 200C for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden brown. Cut into squares and serve while hot.
- Since mine are in a triangle form, so I pan fried them till crisped and serve with a green salad for a light and healthy dinner.