Friday, April 19, 2013

| spanakopita game-changer |

I have always been a big fan of spanakopita. And it's always seemed easy to make, but every time I've tried it, it's never come out right. Finally, I decided to learn how to make the pointy little triangles (rather than cutting slices out of a pan). I used the method to fold happy little triangles. It was so incredibly easy. Only, instead of using butter, I used non-stick cooking spray making it approximately 1.2 billion times easier. I am never brushing butter onto phyllo dough again. Ever.

Once I got going, I made myself a little assembly line: I'd spray a sheet and fold it in half, then repeat three times until my prep area was full. Then I'd give all four long ribbons of phyllo a spray and put about a tablespoon of filling at the top and slowly triangle-roll them down. One last hit with the spray once they were on the sheet and I baked them for 20 minutes. They are golden, non-leaky and delicious.

You can use any filling you want, of course. I just kind of threw these things into a food processor and whirred them up:
- 10 ounce package of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed thoroughly
- 1/2 c chopped green onions
- 1/2 c fresh parsley
- 1/3 cup cottage cheese
- 1/4 cup parmesan
- 4 ounces feta, crumbled
- 1 egg
- salt and pepper to taste

So now, of course, I want to make a MILLION KIND OF PHYLLO DOUGH TRIANGLES! What other fillings should I try? (need to be vegetarian, please)