Spanakopita (Greek appetizer)

If you enjoy entertaining as much as I do, you know that a hostess' best friend is her freezer.  Not only great for spur-of-the-moment entertaining, it's a great time-saver when you are planning a party in advance.  These Greek appetizers are one of my favorites.  I use them before dinner, for cocktail parties and, in a slightly larger size, for lunch or even a light dinner with a salad.
Just remember to plan in advance - phyllo must be defrosted overnight in the refrigerator.



1 medium onion, minced
2 tablespoons butter
1 package (10 to 12 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
½ pound feta cheese, crumbled
½ pound farmer cheese
3 eggs, lightly beaten
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup fresh bread crumbs (2 slices bread)
1 box phyllo pastry sheets (contains 2 packages)
4 ounces melted butter

  1. Sauté onion in two tablespoons butter until golden. Add the spinach and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until most of moisture has evaporated. Stir in the feta cheese, farmer cheese, eggs, salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste, and add the bread crumbs.
  2. Cut one package of phyllo into four equal pieces.  Using one section at a time, and keeping the others well wrapped, brush one strip at a time with melted butter, cover with a second strip and brush that with melted butter.  Put one teaspoon of the spinach mixture at one end of the strip and fold over and over into a small triangle.
  3. Arrange the triangles on wax-paper covered cookie sheets and freeze.  
  4. Repeat with second package of phyllo.
  5. When frozen, transfer to containers.
When ready to bake, arrange triangles on parchment-lined cookie sheet, brush tops with melted butter and bake at 425° until golden.



Q. Hi Betty,  I just watched your video on spanakopita.  You make it look easy!  I  haven't made that in ages, but they are delicious. I recently bought fillo dough (Athens brand) to make strudel, and I am sure the sheets are smaller than they used to be. Is that so, or is it just me ??  Fran Boyer
A. Thanks so much Fran.  Yes, the sheets are smaller - like everything else!
Q.How about doing a video on cherry pie with Washington's Birthday coming up ?  I  plan to do it for a group in RI, and have a recipe, but haven't done one in a while.   Fran Boyer

A.   I'll be glad to do a cherry pie.  I was thinking about doing one on pie crust since my daughter Liz recently asked me to show her how to do that and a cherry filling sounds delicious.


    1. How many appetizers will this recipe make?

      1. This makes about 5 dozen appetizers.