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Southwest Spanakopita Bites

 Southwest Spanakopita Bites
“I'm a big fan of the southwest-style egg rolls served at restaurants and wanted to recreate them without the fat of deep frying. Phyllo dough was the solution! For a main dish, I fill small flour tortillas with the filling and bake," writes Marianne Shira of Osceola, Wisconsin.
24 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min.


  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese or Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches)
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/3 cup cubed avocado
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons white vinegar


  • In a small skillet, saute red pepper and onion in oil until tender.
  • Transfer to a large bowl; stir in 1/2 cup spinach (save the rest for
  • another use). Stir in the cheese, corn, beans, jalapeno, cumin,

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Southwest Spanakopita Bites (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • chili powder and salt.
  • Place one sheet of phyllo dough on a work surface with a short end
  • facing you. (Keep remaining phyllo covered with plastic wrap to
  • prevent it from drying out.) Spray sheet with butter-flavored spray;
  • cut into three 14-in. x 3-in. strips.
  • Place a scant tablespoon of filling on lower corner of each strip.
  • Fold dough over filling, forming a triangle. Fold triangle up, then
  • over, forming another triangle. Continue folding, like a flag, until
  • you come to the end of the strip.
  • Spritz end of dough with spray and press onto triangle to seal. Turn
  • triangle and spritz top with spray. Repeat with remaining phyllo and
  • filling.
  • Place triangles on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at
  • 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, mash
  • avocado with the mayonnaise, sour cream and vinegar. Serve with warm
  • appetizers. Yield: 2 dozen (1/2 cup sauce).
Nutritional Facts: 1 appetizer with 1 teaspoon sauce equals 50 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 103 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
Wine: Sparkling Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.