Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Spanakopita

Another easy party food is spanakopita. This is a little more tedious to do but it serves those who do not eat meat. Or those who just really like cheese. Especially, feta. The night before, you need to defrost the phyllo dough in the fridge. Or you can leave it out on the counter for an hour or so. Next, crumble your feta in a bowl. Next, defrost frozen spinach and squeeze all excess water out. Mix with the feta until combined. Now, melt 1 stick of butter in the microwave. Unwrap your phyllo carefully. It's really delicate. Cover with damp towels. Take one layer and brush with melted butter. Place another layer on top and brush with butter again. Then cut the dough into 6 even strips horizontally. Place a spoonful of the spinach and feta mixture at one end of each strip. Then fold over the corner of the strip to make a triangle. Next, fold that over again as if you were folding a flag or a piece of paper to play paper football. You should end up with a tightly wrapped triangle. Place onto pan with the seam side down. Brush top with more butter. Then bake in the oven (375 degrees) until golden brown. Some may have expanded past the seams but that's okay. Once cooked, they'll retain their shape. Another crowd favorite.

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