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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  1. I wish the fridge would go out at one of my friends' house so they could bring me over ingredients like these! Your spanikopita looks fantastic. I don't think they're ugly ducklings at all. The fact that you can see all that spinach and other goodness oozing out is a great thing.

  2. So glad to hear that you didn't lose power, I keep hearing how many are still without - and suffering from the high temperatures. Hopefully power will be restored soon. This spanikopita sounds wonderful - I have never made it but love it!

  3. Wow, that was a big storm. Glad you kept electricity in your home. We often have terrific tropical storms on the mountain with hard rain, very loud thunder, etc. We have a generator for those moments when the power goes out for hours due to a power line that has gone down somewhere because of a tree falling on it (usually). We are in a jungle after all. lol

    These spanikopitas look amazing as do the little pinwheels. Good save!

  4. spanikopita was one of my favorite things before the Celiac diagnosis. Now I have to sneak it when my daughter is not around. Very well done. If I was your neighbor I would have to have you pass me some over the fence when no one was looking.

  5. This looks fabulous and I love the extra crunch from the sesame seeds =D

    Have a great weekend!
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  6. It's 9 PM and your photos have me craving spanikopita! Love the idea of using puff sounds extra decadent :) Have a wonderful weekend, Ramona! Glad you have power~

  7. Have not made spanikopita for ages. Have not put my favourite sesame seeds on top either! Like the look and I am certain the taste! Love the recipe but will use onion instead of onion powder [don't know whether such is even avilable in Oz?!]. Thanks!

  8. I am so sorry about the power outages and weather. I read about it and saw it on the news. Just awful. Hope everyone is okay.

    Love this dish. I've never actually made it myself. But I've had it and love it.

  9. Lots of power loss in our area also. Luckily we were spared. This is one of my daughter's favorite snacks and it is going in my must make file. Great save Ramona!

  10. These storms and fires are really taking a toll around the country. Glad you are ok. Spanikopita are one of my favorites, I have never used the puff pasty to make them just the filo. I am going to try your recipe. Love the sesame seeds you added too. Have a wonderful day.

  11. Glad you're o.k. Darlin! Nasty stuff going on with the weather lately. What's going on?!!? Spanikopita has always been one of those foods that I love but find intimidating to try to make. You did a beautiful job and make it look easier to make than I thought. Looks delicious! Hope you're having a great weekend!

  12. Your spanakopita looks perfect my friend :D
    I am sorry to hear about the horrible conditions surrounding you! I hope you all stay safe and are in my thoughts!


  13. Spanikopita is one of my most favorite things ever!! Hope those storms have passed!

  14. I am so glad you and you family were unharmed from all that weather! We recently had some rough spots here in FL as well (including a mini tornado!) but we managed to get through it as well.

    And ugly duckings? More like adorably delicious. Kudos to you for even giving it a try because I am STILL terrified of puff pastry/phyllo and always end up buying the premade spanakopita.


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