Greek Pitas
Now that is a fun word to say: spanikopitakia, spanikopitakia, SPANIKOPITAKIA!!!

These are wonderful little treats to have around the house or to make for a party, just grab and go! They are just a little more work than spanikopita, but the extra step of folding each one individually makes for a nice change (and sometimes of a less mess when eating too).

You will follow the same recipe as Spanikopita but instead of layering in a dish, you will roll into individual triangles. Easy Peasy.

Mini Spinach Pies Recipe: 
Printable Recipe

1 bunch of spinach, about 6-8 cups fresh or approx. 2 cups frozen
1 large onion, chopped
1-2 T. fresh dill, or use less if dried dill 

EVOO (Olive oil) on hand to saute and brush phyllo
1-2 eggs, slightly beaten
6-8 oz. fresh feta cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 -1 lemon, squeezed, optional
Phyllo sheets (usually found in your market’s freezer section)
If you are using fresh spinach, be sure to soak and wash it 2-3 times to ensure it is well cleaned. Even buy organic if it is somewhat affordable, spinach is one of the “softer” vegetables where buying organic makes a difference. Add 2-3 Tbsp EVOO to your pan and saute your onion on medium – medium high until translucent, add any other veggies now and cook until tender, finally, add the spinach stirring to mix. Cook the spinach down until it is wilted. Turn off heat (unless you have gas stove, then keep on low, and add your seasonings to cook another 2-3 minutes. Remove completely from heat to cool enough not to scramble your eggs! Preheat your oven to 190° C / 375° F. 
Cut several phyllo sheets lengthwise into 3″+ wide strips, cover with a damp cloth so they do not dry out. Add the beaten eggs and crumbled feta to the saucepan and mix with spinach until blended. Oil one strip of your phyllo and spoon some spinach filling onto the end and fold over making a triangle. Continue to roll over keeping the triangle shape until you have reached the end. You can seal the ends with either some water or an egg brush.  Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Removen from oven and cool for another 15 minutes before serving.

The end result is something divine, especially when you eat warm and fresh from the oven. I always prefer my spinach pitas with feta, and I sometimes add a little of any other cheese I have one hand. A lot of times though, spinach pies are and can be made without feta, it is all up to the mouths that will be enjoying them!

Living in Greece, I can always find a shop open and serving either spinach or cheese pies, but it is truly better when made at home. You know exactly what and how much of something is going into what you are eating (and then into your body) and the flavors develop a kind of sentimentality leading you to create special memories with the ones you love!

You will also be happy to know that these little guys freeze wonderfully. It is worth making a large batch and freezing some for a rainy day or one of those NON-cooking days that we always have at one point or another. If freezing, cook as normal (being careful not to burn) and then put in air tight container or freezer bag and pop in over to reheat just before serving!

Enjoy ALL of the benefits of spinach today, tomorrow, and the next…
> Loaded with a rich source of vitamins A and C, also great for added calcium, fiber, magnesium, and folic acid!
< Contains choline and inositol, the substances that help prevent the thickening and hardening of your arteries, helping you prevent a heart attack!
> Also helps stabilize blood sugar levels and the vitamin K helps keep your blood overall healthy!
< Spinach also is packed full of flavonoids and carotenoids with function as powerful antioxidants and anti-cancer agents!

Eat spinach raw, sauteed, pureed, or however you prefer . . . but just eat it often!!!!


2 thoughts on “Spanikopitakia.

  1. Sorry Leslie, I will repost asap. Also you can try the Spinach Pie Recipe and just roll them up into triangles!!! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for letting me know the recipe was no longer there!

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