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Spinach Cheese Phyllo Squares Recipe

Spinach Cheese Phyllo Squares Recipe

"A higher-fat version of this casserole was a big hit when my aunt and I ran a gourmet carryout business," relates Julie Remer of Gahanna, Ohio. " Now that I'm only cooking for my family, I'm trying to lighten things up a bit."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches)
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2-1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) fat-free cottage cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk

Directions

  • 1. Layer three phyllo sheets in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray, lightly spraying the top of each sheet with cooking spray.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, cheese, 2 eggs, parsley flakes and salt; spread over phyllo dough. Top with remaining phyllo sheets, lightly spraying the top of each sheet with cooking spray. Using a sharp knife, cut into 12 squares; cover and chill for 1 hour.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites, milk and remaining eggs until blended; pour over casserole. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • 4. Remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One piece equals 187 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 97 mg cholesterol, 593 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 19 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Wine Pairings

Sparkling Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.