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.  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.  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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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 - a collection of inspired Greek and authentic Greek cuisine. See following for entry details. Good luck!


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