Friday, July 6, 2012

Spanakopita Triangles in Puff Pastry

 We recently had some really horrific storms in our area.  Electrical power lines were knocked out for days for millions of people and that included both my sister's and brother's houses. I was lucky enough not to lose my power so my sister-in-law had to try her best to salvage what she could in her freezer and brought over some defrosting spinach and puff pastry to my house.  It sat in my fridge for a few days and I finally decided I couldn't waste this good food so I gave making spanakopita a try.  Since this was my first time working with puff pastry and it sat in my fridge for a few days, I'm not sure if the puff pastry was in the best condition.  So these may look like little "ugly ducklings", but they sure tasted delicious.  My husband first thought I was making store-bought spanakopita and was really thrilled when I told him that I made them at home with my own recipe.  I also tried to make pinwheels with the same recipe.  Again, they don't look so "pretty", but don't judge these pinwheels by their outer looks... they tasted great too.

1 box of puff pastry (with two sheets)
1 (10oz) box of frozen spinach defrosted
1 tsp grated fresh garlic
1 medium onion
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp onion powder
salt or seasoning salt to taste
red chili flakes to taste
black pepper to taste
4oz of crumbled feta cheese
1 egg (to make an egg wash)
sesame seeds (optional)

Heat 1 tsp of canola oil in pan.  Add onion and garlic and saute.  Then add seasonings and saute for a minute.

Then add the defrosted spinach. Make sure you squeeze all the water from the frozen spinach so it is very dry.  Turn off the stove and add the crumbled feta cheese.

 To make the pinwheels: 

Roll out one sheet of puff pastry and apply the spinach/feta mixture on the entire surface.  Then roll in a jelly-roll fashion.  

Cut slices and place them on a sprayed baking sheet.  Apply a little egg was on each one and bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.  

 To make the triangles: 

 Roll out puff pastry and cut into squares.  Put a large tsp full of filling each square and fold over into a triangle shape. Pinch edges down and apply egg wash.  Sprinkle sesame.  Place on sprayed baking sheet and bake in a 400 degree oven for 17-25 minutes.

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