Spanokopita


With the Christmas season in full swing, our schedules become full with parties, get-togethers and family dinners. I made this wonderful hors o’doeuvre for a church gathering this past week. I won’t lie, this was quite time-consuming to prepare! The phyllo dough tends to be very fragile and buttering each thin sheet took an eternity but the flaky goodness at the end is so worth it. I took this along with a Brie en Croute. The brie definitely packs a wow factor! But, lets move on to the Spanokopita!

Spanokopita
Recipe Courtesy of Ina Garten

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 bunch chopped scallions, white and green parts
  • 2 (10-ounce) boxes frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 3 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 7 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 40 sheets (1 box) frozen phyllo dough (such as Pepperidge Farm), defrosted overnight in the refrigerator
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup plain dry breadcrumbs


Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a saute pan and add the scallions. Cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Meanwhile, squeeze most of the water out of the spinach and place it in a bowl. Add the scallions, dill, eggs, feta, salt, and pepper and mix together.

Keep the phyllo dough sheets covered with a damp kitchen towel. Unfold 1 sheet of the phyllo dough. Brush the sheet with melted butter and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Repeat the process by laying a second sheet of phyllo dough over the first sheet, brush it with melted butter and sprinkle with breadcrumbs until all 10 sheets have been used. Spoon 3/4 cup of the spinach mixture into a sausage shape along one edge of the phyllo dough. Roll it up. Brush the top with butter and score the roll into 1-inch rounds. Place it on an oiled baking sheet. Repeat until all the pastry and filling have been used.

Place in the oven and bake for 12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Serve warm.

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