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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Spanakopita: Spinach & Feta Phyllo Dough Wraps #Foodie Friday

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spinach feta phyllo dough wraps


On Father's Day after my 11 year old daughter made this amazing cake.


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I saw her fooling around with some phyllo dough. "What are you doing?" "Making an appetizer for our picnic." "Are you using a recipe?" "No." "If it comes out good I'll put it on the blog." "Cool." Of course, it came out fantastic. So here is my daughter's recipe. I always knew she was the better baker, but now I think I have some kitchen competition. 


Spanakopita: Spinach & Feta Phyllo Dough Wraps

by J Balch

preparation: 30 minutes                               serves: 8 - 10

Ingredients:

5 ounces cooked baby spinach
2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
3 ounces of feta cheese crumbled
1 package of phyllo dough
butter for brushing approximately 1/4 cup melted
dash of nutmeg
ground pepper (do not add salt)

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2) In a large skillet cook spinach in olive oil until it wilts.

3) Remove spinach from heat and drain spinach of liquid. Press it out with a towel. In a large bowl mix it with feta, nutmeg, and pepper.

4) Melt the butter and brush 7 sheets of phyllo dough with the butter. Layer the sheets on top of each other.

5) With a pizza cutter divide the stack of phyllo dough into 6 even pieces.

6) Place a heaping teaspoon of the spinach mixture into the middle of each piece of phyllo dough.

7) Twist up the sides of the phyllo dough; sealing the spinach in a wrapped top poach. 

8) Brush the finished wraps with butter and bake for approximately 10 minutes or until the dough becomes golden brown. 











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51 comments:

  1. Awww, thanks so much for the feature :)

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    1. You are very welcome. Great looking cake.

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  2. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting the party. Your phyllo dough wraps look delicious.
    Annamaria

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  3. You have some good looking features! Thanks for the party!

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    1. Really interesting recipes this last week, thanks.

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  4. Hi Dianne,
    Thanks for hosting one of my favorite parties! Have a nice week.
    ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

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    1. That's really nice to hear from you, since your party is so great.

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  5. Hi Diane,
    I love your daughters recipe for the wraps, I want to try it, she is going to be a great cook just like you. Hope you are having a great week and thanks for a great party!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you Miz Helen, yes, she is showing signs of going beyond desserts, I'm very proud of her.

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  6. Spinach & feta anything is okay by me! Your daughter is quite the foodie :)
    Thanks for hosting, and have a great week!!

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    1. Yes, she brings the most interesting things to school for lunch too.

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  7. Believe it or not, but I've been planning to bake something with phyllo dough for ages but I'm intimidated by this dough....
    I can't believe your daughter just made these. and with no recipe! Wowwww

    Thank you for the party and have a wonderful weekend

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    1. I was pretty surprised too when I saw her working with the phyllo. I'm with you. I've always found it intimidating. You just need to keep it moist. Like the way she brushed each sheet with butter.

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  8. Thank you for hosting, I'm going to have to try those spinach feta wraps! Perfect for a summer party. If you ever want to own your own grain mill I wanted to let you know I'm doing a giveaway on my blog! On The Home Front

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I am actually going to get a grain mill in Feb from a company to do posts about making different flours. So glad you came to the party.

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  9. How talented is your daughter!! Like mother like daughter ;). I've never baked with phyllo dough before but sounds like it's as versatile as wontons. Thank you so much for the feature! You made my day

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    1. You are welcome. I think my daughter has more talent than I'll ever have. At her age I only made pancakes. Phyllo isn't quite as versatile as wontons. It drys out you need to keep a warm towel over it when you are working with it for a long time.

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  10. Thanks for hosting and for the feature, Diane!

    I love the Phyllo recipe! Pinned to my Savory Dishes board. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

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    1. You are very welcome... I hope you get a chance to make them this summer. They are great hot or cold.

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  11. I love that your daughter loves to bake! Those looked like they turned out amazing! They must have if they made the blog, right?! ;-) Love the cake too!

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    1. Absolutely, she usually is my dessert baker,,, this is her first venture into savory.

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  12. Mmmmm, those pastry fulls look amazing. I love spinach and feta combo :)
    Thanks so much for hosting!

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    1. You are very welcome great to see you here Lyuba.

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  13. Well, that's it Diane. I'm sorry. I won't be able to follow you anymore. You've been outdone by your daughter! LOL what an amazing little chef you have there. I'm going to try those phyllo parcels and that cake is amazing! (Being a good cook obviously runs in the family. xx)

    Anne xx

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    1. I know soon I will need to change the name of the blog to Simple Living with an 11 year old.

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  14. Feta must have been on the mind this week :) I still have a package of phyllo dough in my freezer, so maybe I'll have to give them another try with this. It sounds great!

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    1. You would think if an 11 year old could make them we could. They really weren't that hard... your kids would have a blast helping you. especially painting the dough with butter.

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  15. It' a great idea for garden parties! Wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Marina, I agree. these wraps hold up in any weather.

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  16. Fabulous link up!
    Love the phyllo wraps...it's a fabulous recipe for special occasions.

    Cheers~

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    1. I agree... I find people like anything wrapped in pastry.

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  17. Glad to be here for my first time! Ready to check out all the other amazing recipes I see :)

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    1. So glad to have you Anna...we have a wide variety of bloggers at this party, something for everyone.

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  18. wow ! your daughter is such a pro. the recipe sounds great. saving it for Sunday lunch.

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    1. Thanks I am very proud of her and amazed... what kind of a cook will she be when she's an adult?

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  19. So many cool items this week!! Thanks for the linky

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    1. Glad you are enjoying the party Lori. Thanks for stopping by.

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  20. You always get such great recipes linked up! Thanks for choosing mine as a feature! I'm going to be making the peach chipotle salsa this weekend. :) Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for being such a great hostess!

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    1. Thanks MJ... so glad your trying the peach salsa I really love the contrasts of flavor.

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  21. Your daughter did a great job! Thank you for hosting, Diane.

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    1. Thanks Michelle,
      She is really happy I found them blog worthy.

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  22. I'm so impressed with your daughter. She's really talented!

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    1. Thank you Beth I am very proud of the time she has put into learning how to cook and decorate.

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  23. Your spanakopita pockets look fantastic! I see a budding food blogger in the family!!!

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    1. I know... she will be taking over soon. LOL.

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  25. Diane, I love spanakopita but have always been intimidated to make it because of all the work. This looks fairly easy though so I definitely need to give it a try. Great recipe. :)

    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

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    1. Thats right Krista,
      I always thought it was hard too, but my 11 year old has put me to shame.

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  26. They look fantastic! Feta and spinach is one of my favorite combos!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - can't wait to see what you share next week :)

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    1. You are so welcome... I'm excited to have recipe that works.

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