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Greek Spanakopeta & A Giveaway!

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I have a wonderful giveaway to share with you today; a cookbook! And this delicious spanakopeta you see taunting you? Yep, it came from that cookbook. Β So be sure to enter for a chance to win.

But first… a story!

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Obviously today is Valentines Day. It’s pretty hard to miss that fact with all the pink hearts, signs for roses at the gas stations and convenience stores, and Hallmark stores filled with men. And while this post might not immediately seem romantic to you as compared to some other food bloggers pink frosted cupcakes and heart shaped cookies, I assure you it is.

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See, I made this dish with my valentine, my sweetheart. I’ve been cooking with her for over 10 years. We’ve cooked together in our parents’ kitchens as young college students, cooked together in my tiny apartment in Japan when Rachel came to visit me when I lived abroad, cooked together on a campfire overlooking the majestic Grand Tetons during sunset, and cooked together as new homeowners on a propane range when we were gutting our kitchen. Loved it. Love her.

We enjoy spending time together in the kitchen. Β And now we’ve got a little helper in the kitchen with us who likes to assist by bringing us our slippers, tupperware lids, his water cup, or anything else he can manage to carry as he takes his little baby steps. Love it. Love him.

So while this post might not outright seem romantic or valentine-y it is, because, like every other dish we craft together in our kitchen, it was made with love.

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Greek Spanakopeta

Ingredients

  • 1 package filo pastry, room temperature
  • 1 package chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2 cups crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 carton (16 oz) cottage cheese
  • 5 eggs, beaten

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Thaw package of fillo pastry completely but keep it wrapped, otherwise it will dry out. Thaw spinach completely and squeeze out liquid.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix spinach, feta cheese, cottage cheese, and eggs together and beat well.
  4. Grease sides and bottom of a 10"x12" baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Lay 2 sheets of fillo pastry, then brush with lightly with melted butter. Continue layering 2 sheets of fillo pastry and butter until have 10 sheets layered.
  5. Spread cheese and spinach mixture over fillo pastry. Brush with butter and repeat layering until you have 10 sheets of pastry.
  6. Carefully pre-cut your squares about 2". You do not need to cut completely through. Brush top layer with butter.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes or until browned.
  8. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Do not cover as the crust will get soggy, you want it to stay crisp.
  9. Note: You can make this up and refrigerate the day before or cover well with aluminum foil and freeze until ready to bake.
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Ok… On to the giveaway!

Two lucky winners will receive signed copies of Opa Cookbook –Β a collection of inspired Greek and authentic Greek cuisine. See following for entry details. Good luck!


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  • February 14, 2012 at 9:20 am

    This looks so tasty! And delicate, too, thanks to that flaky dough. πŸ™‚ Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family!

    • Chris
      February 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Tara! Same to you

  • suburban prep
    February 14, 2012 at 10:47 am

    One of my brothers married a woman from Greece and one of my best friend’s is of Greek heritage. When I have these guest over I would like to know how to do traditional Greek dishes.

    • Chris
      February 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Good luck on the giveaway – I hope you win so you have a nice recipe book to help you when company is over πŸ™‚

    • Chris
      February 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Awesome! I bet mine can’t compare to the real thing, but thanks!

    • Chris
      February 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      I’d offer you some but it didn’t last 10 minutes! πŸ™‚

  • Linda
    February 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Love the beautiful tribute to a great relationship! No pink cupcakes required, lol!

    • Chris
      February 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks Linda! πŸ™‚

  • February 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    That screams love to me. This is a favorite dish but mine has never looked as good as this one. Maybe it’s the recipe?? I can hope. πŸ™‚

    • Chris
      February 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Lol thanks Maureen πŸ™‚

  • February 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I love Greek food, especially avgolemono soup! Is there a recipe for that in there?

    • Chris
      February 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      No sorry, that isn’t in there.

    • liz lazarides white
      February 15, 2012 at 7:00 am

      Yes Emily! I do have a recipe for avgolemono soup and it’s incredible!!

  • February 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Love this! Food is a huge part of my life, my family, my traditions…I agree that everything I make (including my spanakopita!) is made with love πŸ™‚ Great post.

  • Athena
    February 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I love spanakopeta and this looks delicious.

  • Deb
    February 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I haven’t made Spanakopeta for some time, your lovely photos have reminded me what an irresistible treat it is!

  • February 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    love the post and the food looks great πŸ™‚ I’m married to a historian so it’s also Happy Arizona Statehood day and Happy Oregon Statehood day in our house πŸ™‚ We happen to have lived in the only two states in the nation that share statehood day with Valentine’s day πŸ™‚

    • Chris
      February 23, 2012 at 8:17 am

      I didn’t know that – very cool πŸ™‚ Learn something new every day hahah

  • Winnie Mom
    February 20, 2012 at 10:13 am

    The Greek dishes I have tried in the past have always been delish but haven’t made anything Greek because I always thought it would be very difficult. Must try this myself.
    Thanks to the filo pastry already prepared-can’t get much easier. Would love to be able to cook other Greek dishes too.

    • Chris
      February 23, 2012 at 8:17 am

      I’ve never made anything Greek either but this was easy enough for a couple with a toddler to make πŸ˜‰

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  • Linda S.
    February 21, 2012 at 11:59 am

    This looks amazing! I haven’t worked with filo dough, but this may inspire me to do so.

    • Chris
      February 23, 2012 at 8:19 am

      I hadn’t worked with it either but its very easy. Just keep in mind you should have everything ready to go before you open the package, because it dries out very quickly.

  • Eleanor
    February 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Your photos of spanakopeta make me long for the Greek Festivals I used to attend in Houston. I can’t wait to make this.

    • Chris
      February 23, 2012 at 8:20 am

      Thanks Eleanor! Hope you’ll try it soon πŸ™‚

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