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Monday, September 16, 2013

Greek Night--Spanakopita recipe!

I tried out a new recipe tonight--Spanakopita! Yum!!! It's a bit like Greek lasagna. :)

Spanakopita

2 cups feta cheese, crumbled
2 cups lowfat cottage cheese
4 eggs
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
couple dashes of black pepper
1 cup onions, chopped
8 cups fresh spinach, chopped (about 8-10 ounces)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 lb. package phyllo dough (puff pastry can be substituted)
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

Mix cheeses, eggs, flour, basil, oregano, and pepper in a large bowl. Saute onions in 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat until translucent. Reduce heat to low and add spinach. Cook and stir until spinach is fully wilted, about 5 minutes. Add to cheese mixture and mix well.

For phyllo dough--Brush the bottom and sides of a 13"x9" pan or dish with melted butter. Add 8 sheets of phyllo dough, buttering between each layer. Dough will go up the sides of the dish. Spread on half the cheese/spinach mixture. Repeat phyllo layer with 8 more sheets and melted butter. Spread on remaining filling. Top with 8 more sheets of phyllo and butter, folding in corners and buttering the top.

For puff pastry--Brush the bottom and sides of a 10"x6" deep casserole dish with melted butter. Add two-thirds of a sheet of puff pastry. Spread on half the cheese/spinach mixture. Repeat puff pastry layer with another two-thirds sheet and melted butter. Spread on remaining filling. Top with last two-thirds sheet of puff pastry, folding in corners and buttering the top.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand ten minutes before serving. Makes about 8 servings.

Enjoy!

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!

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