Spanikopita Hand Pies

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Author Notes: The traditional Greek Spiniach Pie, in a more manageable form. Easy to make, easy to share, easy to eat!Stefano Coppola

Food52 Review: An easy to prepare and delicious take on a traditional Greek dish. These spanakopita are the perfect size for a light lunch on-the-go, an afternoon snack or hearty party fare. They freeze well, which provides a nice make-ahead option for the busy host or hostess. The addition of chopped herbs after the spinach has cooked and cooled results in delightfully fresh and lively bites of oregano, basil and parsley in the crispy baked pies. One quick tip -- do not melt all of your butter at once -- one half cup was all I needed for the entire batch. - Jennifer AnnA&M

Serves 15

  • 24 sheets phyllo dough
  • 1 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 12 ounces (usually 2 bunches) fresh spinach
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • splashes white wine
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 sprigs each oregano, basil, parsely- chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • to taste salt & pepper
  1. Saute garlic and spinach in olive oil, add wine to steam spinach. Cool. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Squeeze excess liquid from spinach and put in a mixing bowl. Mix in herbs, cheeses, lemon juice, egg, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Line baking sheet with parchment papper. Gently unfold the phyllo dough. Lay 1 sheet of phyllo on a large cutting board and gently brush with the melted butter. Place a second phyllo sheet on top of the first and brush with butter. Repeat 2 more times until you have a stack of 4 phyllo sheets with butter brushed between the layers.
  4. Cut the phyllo sheets lengthwise into 3 strips. Place 2 tablespoons of the spinach filling 1 inch from the bottom end of each strip. Fold the right corner over the spinach filling to the left to make a triangle. Gently pull up the bottom left corner and fold up to make a second triangle. Continue folding until you reach the top. Brush the last fold with butter to seal.
  5. Continue until all phyllo is used. Place triangles on the baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake about 15 minutes, until lightly browned and crispy. Cool slightly before serving.
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Kate_10_0

almost 3 years ago kate-monster

Made these tonight and they are awesome and super easy to put together! I used only 3 sheets of phyllo and probably only a tbsp. of butter very sparingly in between the layers. So light, tasty and they look gorgeous. Thanks for such a great recipe of something I never thought would be possible to make at home!

Kate_10_0

almost 3 years ago kate-monster

Made these tonight and they are awesome and super easy to put together! I used only 3 sheets of phyllo and probably only a tbsp. of butter very sparingly in between the layers. So light, tasty and they look gorgeous. Thanks for such a great recipe of something I never thought would be possible to make at home!

Kate_10_0

almost 3 years ago kate-monster

Made these tonight and they are awesome and super easy to put together! I used only 3 sheets of phyllo and probably only a tbsp. of butter very sparingly in between the layers. So light, tasty and they look gorgeous. Thanks for such a great recipe of something I never thought would be possible to make at home!

Kate_10_0

almost 3 years ago kate-monster

Made these tonight and they are awesome and super easy to put together! I used only 3 sheets of phyllo and probably only a tbsp. of butter very sparingly in between the layers. So light, tasty and they look gorgeous. Thanks for such a great recipe of something I never thought would be possible to make at home!

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over 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

These look wonderful! I love how plump they are.

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over 4 years ago NakedBeet

I love spinach dearly, but I'm not a fan on the phyllo overkill. I love how thin yours look and anything that cute and small, sign me up.