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Simple Spanakopita

My family calls them “spinach samosas.” Whatever term for a stuffed pastry you prefer, everyone can agree these are delicious.

Simple Spanakopita
Serves 4
A quick and delicious dinner hit.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag baby spinach
  2. 1 container crumbled feta
  3. 2 cloves minced garlic (~2 teaspoons)
  4. 1 egg, whisked
  5. 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  6. 1/2 teaspoon gyro seasoning
  7. 1 box Pepperidge Farm puff pastry dough (two sheets; found in the freezer section. Sometimes called Fillo or Phylo dough)
Instructions
  1. Set out dough to defrost at least 45 minutes ahead of time, if it's coming from the freezer. If you know when you're going to use it, you can put it in the fridge the day before and it will thaw during the time it takes to cook the spinach. Otherwise, allow thaw time.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat up oil over medium heat.
  3. Add minced garlic. Let sizzle for a minute or two until they start to turn golden.
  4. Add the spinach (yes, the whole bag) and gyro seasonings to the skillet. Stir regularly, cooking down the spinach so it goes small, limp, and dark evenly.
  5. Turn off the stove.
  6. Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
  7. Unfold a dough sheet and cut into nine even pieces.
  8. Roll out each square with a rolling pin.
  9. Use a brush to apply a bit of the egg around the edges of the squares; this will act as a glue when it's time to close it up.
  10. Put a small amount of feta down in the middle of each square, then add an equal amount of spinach, then top off with a bit more feta.
  11. Fold the dough on a diagonal so it becomes a triangle of stuffed goodness.
  12. Use a fork to press closed and seal the edges.
  13. Arrange the nine pastries on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  14. Brush the tops with the egg wash for a lovely golden crust.
  15. Cook for 15-18 minutes.
  16. While the first batch is cooking, you can repeat the "unfold a dough sheet" through "egg wash" steps for the second batch.
Notes
  1. We popped the second batch in the oven just as we were sitting down to dinner. Round two came out hot and fresh just as we were ready for more!
  2. It's obviously easy enough to do a half batch. If you need to reheat yours, pop them in your oven or toaster oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes. Hot and tasty!
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