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Spanakopita Bites

For an easy spanakopita, try this version that is made in a pan, then cut into squares. It has all the wonderful taste of the classic version—buttery phyllo with a spinach-cheese filling—but is so simple to do. —Barbara Smith, Chipley, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + freezing Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    10-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 cups crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup 4% small-curd cottage cheese
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 16 sheets phyllo dough (14x9-inch size)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix egg, spinach and cheeses. Brush a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with some of the butter.
  • Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough in prepared pan; brush with butter. Layer with 7 additional phyllo sheets, brushing each layer. (Keep remaining phyllo covered with a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.) Spread top with spinach mixture. Top with remaining phyllo dough, brushing each sheet with butter.
  • Freeze, covered, 30 minutes. Using a sharp knife, cut into 1-in. squares. Bake 35-45 minutes or until golden brown. Refrigerate leftovers.
To make ahead: Cover and freeze until ready to use. Cut and bake as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 appetizer: 21 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • suefalk
    Dec 12, 2018

    A Greek favorite. This was very good. The cottage cheese was an interesting addition. I made the recipe as is, but next time I'll add minced onion and some fresh dill. Makes a great appetizer!

  • dublinlab
    Dec 27, 2017

    I love this recipe....I made it 2 days ahead , let it chill, so the plastic wrap would not stick to the butter and froze. I took it out a couple of hours ahead and baked as instructed. Make sure there's rising room, it got quite puffy. I served it as a starter with Argentinian shrimp. We had it with scrambled eggs for brunch today. So easy and delicious. Janet. VFE

  • andreahbaker
    Feb 9, 2013

    VERY simple, yet tastes absolutely as good as 'traditional' spanakopita, which is quite labor-intensive!