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Cheesy Spinach Squares

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Categories: Entertaining, Finger Foods, New Year's, Party Snacks, Snacks, Vegetarian
Type: Appetizers and Snacks

Spanakopita, the Greek spinach pie, can be cut into small diamonds or squares and served as an appetizer

Prep Time: 35M, plus cooling

Cooking Time: 1H30M

Serves: makes 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 8 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
  • 2lb ( 900g) spinach, rinsed and shredded, but nor dried
  • 3 tbsp chopped dill
  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8oz ( 225g) feta cheese, finely crumbled
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 tbsp butter, melted
  • 14 sheets thawed frozen filo dough
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Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and scallions and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes, until softened.
  2. Stir in the spinach, and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes, or until wilted. Stir in the dill and parsley, and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook, uncovered, stirring frequently, for about 15 minutes, until the liquid evaporates and the mixture starts to stick to the bottom of the saucepan. Transfer to a colander lined with paper towels, and let cool.
  3. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add the spinach and feta cheese and season with plenty of pepper.
  4. Preheat the oven to 325°F (170°C). Generously brush the pan with some melted butter. Line the pan with a sheet of filo dough, carefully pressing it into the sides and corners of the pan. Repeat with 6 more filo sheets.
  5. Spread the spinach mixture into the pan. Repeat layering and buttering the remaining 7 filo sheets. Using kitchen scissors, trim away excess dough, and tuck the filo edges into the pan. Brush the top with any remaining butter. Bake for 1 hour, or until the pastry is crisp and golden brown all over.
  6. Cut into squares and serve hot or warm.
Tips:
  • 111/2 × 8in (29 × 20cm) baking or roasting pan
  • Prepare ahead: The filling can be prepared through step 2, and refrigerated for up to 1 day.
  • Good with other Greek or Middle Eastern appetizers, such as hummus and taramasalata, as a mezze platter.

Variations

Creamy Spinach Pie: Delete the cheese. After half of the filo has been layered, spread half of the spinach mixture into the pan. Spread with 2 cups cold béchamel sauce and 2 chopped hard-boiled eggs, then the remaining spinach mixture. Finish layering with the remaining filo.

excerpted from:

Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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