Spanakopita - Spinach And Feta Phyllo Triangles
Why I Love This Recipe
Borrowed from Sarah J. Gim on Slashfoods.com
Ingredients You'll Need
10 oz. frozen chopped spinach
6 to 8 oz. crumbled feta
Thaw 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, drain, then squeeze to get out as much water as possible.
If you want to cook and chop your own spinach, go ahead, but I don't know how much fresh spinach you have to buy to make 10 oz. Too much math.
In a large bowl, mix together spinach, 6 to 8 oz. crumbled feta cheese, 2 to 4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, and about 5 turns on your black pepper mill. Okay, so I admit, I lost my pepper mill on a move, so several dashes black pepper to taste is fine.
No need for salt since both the cheeses are salty enough. The cheese amounts are a range because it depends on how much cheese you like, but that's just silly anyway, because you should always use more cheese!
Unfold phyllo dough that has been thawed and put a damp (not wet) paper towel over it to keep it from drying out.
Looking carefully because they are thin and might be stuck together, take one sheet of phyllo and place it on the work surface in front of you (mine was an impeccably clean tabletop).
Brush it with melted butter, then place another sheet of phyllo on top, making it two sheet of phyllo stuck together in a buttery love embrace.
Using a vey sharp knife, slice the buttered phyllo the long way into 2 to 3 inch wide strips.
This is also a range, since phyllo sheets come in different widths, and you should make them wide enough that you use the whole sheet.
Take one buttered phyllo strip and place a tiny dollop of the spinach filling at one end.
Don't get greedy. If there's too much, the filling will burst through the pyhllo when it bakes, and though oozing spinach and cheese is never a bad thing, it doesn't look very pretty.
Starting at the spinach end, fold the edge of the phyllo across the filling, the fold back and forth up the phyllo strip as if you were folding a flag.
Repeat, until all your dough or your spinach filling is used up, whichever comes first.
Place the triangles on a cookie sheet.
No need for butter, since there is a lot of butter on the phyllo. Brush the tops of the triangles with more butter, then bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven until golden brown and flaky, about 20 minutes.
Resist the temptation to pop one as soon as it comes out of the oven.
Trust me, I burned my mouth on the filling.