Lori Voornas - Spanikopita

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Lori Voornas from the Q97.9 shares her recipe for spanikopita.



Lori says this "makes 16ish"

You'll need:

half a stick or more of butter melted

salt/pepper to taste

1 package of chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained well

half an onion chopped

1-2 tbsp of fresh chopped dill

1-2 tbsp of fresh chopped dill

24 oz of ricotta cheese

6 oz of feta cheese (not crumbled)

1 egg

frozen box of filo dough (sheets)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. When you open the feta, drain off any liquid. Crumble with hands so that it's in small pieces. Put all ingredients except butter and filo in a bowl and mix well. Gotta be honest with you, this is a dirty job and the best mixing is with your hands. Add salt and pepper. About a teaspoon of salt and a quarter teaspoon of pepper. I prefer kosher salt and fresh ground pepper but any will do. Set aside.

Now time to make your triangles. Filo can be tricky and I have found it best to be sure to follow the directions on how to defrost it. The good news is they give you a lot and if you need to chuck the mistakes, go for it.

Lay a sheet of filo on a plastic cutting board that has been brushed with a little melted butter. Brush butter on the sheet. Put another sheet of filo on top and repeat. You want a total of 3 sheets of filo with butter on each sheet including the last one.

Cut filo sheet in half the long way to make two strips. Take a tablespoon and scoop a hefty spoonful on each strip. Fold like a flag to make a triangle. Put on a greased cookie sheet or on a non-stick cookie sheet. Brush with melted butter. I have never been able to get the amount of filling to match the amount of sheets right, so just make them until you run out of either.  Make sure you brush butter on all the triangles. This recipe is really just an excuse to consume butter.

Bake at 350 for at least 30 minutes. It may take up to 45-60 depending on your oven and how golden brown you want them. I like my spanikopita a very golden brown.

Experiment with this! You can put anything in the filing! It's great for jams, or even a taco mixture with cheddar! The most important thing is to enjoy and yell opa!

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