When I was in my 30’s my son’s godmother, Georgina from Cyprus and I cater our well to do neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio. One of our signature menu items was Spanakopita. Well received, and very tasteful. I remember also making it with my close and sister friend, Joan. So much fun! Thank you both, your the best. Now, let’s make mini triangle Spanakopita.
- 2 Apolo filo boxes
- 1 lb feta cheese
- 2 frozen chopped organic spinach 9 to 10oz, thaw, drain and squeezed dry
- A bunch of green onions, chopped
- 15 oz ricotta cheese
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
- Fresh dill
- Olive oil
- 16 oz butter
Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan until hot add the green onions, dill, and spinach keep mixing just for few minutes. Cool off the vegetables, and in the meantime in a separate bowl, add the feta and ricotta cheese, lightly beat the eggs and mix them with the cheese. mix the cheeses, eggs, and vegetable in a bowl. ( make sure the vegetables have cooled off before you mix them with the cheese and eggs ).
Start melting a stick of butter, on a clean surface lay down your phyllo dough and cover it with a damp towel so that it doesn’t dry out. Take out one sheet at a time, brush it with butter. Lay another phyllo sheet over and brush it with more butter. Now using a pizza cutter, cut the dough in 4 pieces lengthwise. It’s about 3 1/2 inches x 4 pieces. Next place a large spoon of the filling at the end of each strip. Fold like you would a flag, fold the end at an angle over the filling to form a triangle. Do it quickly because the phyllo dough dries very quickly. Keep your phyllo dough moist with a damp towel.
Continue forming triangles until you finish all your phyllo dough. When completed transfer them in a cookie sheet. Brush each triangles with an egg yoke. ( I use a couple of egg yoke and add a small amount of water 2 tbsp mix and brush the top of the triangles) Bake at 350 F Degree 50 – 60 minutes or until golden brown. Yummy! 2 boxes should make around 80 pieces.
By the way, you can freeze the spanakopita and use it for your family or when you have company, friends over for a fun evening.