September 7, 2016

Spinach and Cheese Triangles {Spanakopita}

On the Menu Today~
Spinach and Cheese Triangles {Spanakopita}

Spanakopita is an authentic Greek recipe
made with spinach and feta cheese in a
crispy phyllo pastry.

With the regular football season starting this week,
why not make something different and
serve these delicious little triangles.

Serve spinach and cheese triangles with
Cucumber Dill Dip, (recipe follows)
for the perfect party appetizer.

Spinach and Cheese Triangles
Cucumber Dill Dip

Spinach and Cheese Triangles {Spanakopita}

  • Filling Ingredients:
  • 1 (10 oz) package fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • Extra Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg white
  • 5 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. To prepare filling, place spinach in a large skillet or Dutch oven. Place over medium heat; cook until spinach wilts. Place the spinach mixture in a colander, pressing until barely moist. Combine the spinach and cheeses in a bowl; set aside.
  3. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the green onions; sauté for 2 minutes or until soft. Stir the green onions and the next 5 ingredients (green onions through 2 egg whites) into spinach mixture.
  4. Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 egg white in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Working with 1 phyllo sheet at a time, cut each sheet lengthwise into 4 (3 1/2-inch-wide) strips; lightly brush phyllo sheet with egg mixture (cover the remaining phyllo dough to keep it from drying). Spoon about 1 tablespoon spinach mixture onto one end of each strip. Fold one corner of the opposite end over mixture, forming a triangle; keep folding back and forth into a triangle to the end of strip.
  5. Place triangles, seam sides down, on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Cucumber Dill Dip

  • 1 (16 oz) container low-fat yogurt, strained
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons shredded red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
Cooking Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Greece, Feta, Cheese, SpinachGarlic, Onion, Yogurt, Dill, Cucumber
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