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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Painikopita

I'm trying to make my peace with dishes that are complicated and fussy because they often yield great results, but I always get bogged down in their details. I love spanikopita, but I've been avoiding it because I don't want to deal with the pain-in-the-ass phyllo pastry. I have big meat hook hands and have never been delicate with anything in my life, so I'm pretty sure I'll find a way to screw this up. Nevertheless I decided to be a good sport about it and try, and ran across a few good shortcuts along the way which I will pass on to you:

Spanikopita

Makes 4 rolls

1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 package frozen spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
salt and pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 feta, crumbled
1 egg, beaten
3 tbsp sour cream
8 sheets phyllo pastry
2 tbsp melted butter

Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 400. Chop onion fine, add oil to pan and saute onion for 5 mins or until translucent. Place onion in a bowl, add spinach, salt, pepper, nutmeg, feta, egg and sour cream. Mix thoroughly and set aside.

Lay two phyllo sheets out on top of each other and brush one half with melted butter, then fold sheets in half. Place spinach mix in a log form two inches from the edge and sides. Then roll like this:


Place on a cookie sheet, brushing each roll with the melted butter. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.


It took me absolutely forever to get the sheets out of the package without ripping. Eventually I just decided I would work around the tears. This is a pussy of a pastry. Just like yeast, it likes to be touched a certain way. Don't we all. But tough luck, sister, I don't have time to be standing around in my kitchen all day catering to your needs. Tearing is just a part of life. (I enjoy tough-loving my food products). This is a RayRay dish, and she's done a really good job of simplifying it, but she recommends using just one sheet, and I don't agree. Two is better and will make the rolls a little tougher, and make the minor tears easier to deal with. Rolling burrito style might not be the most elegant choice, but it is the most efficient.

Delicious, these. Try them with tzaziki on the side. Devour while hot. Yum.

11 comments:

  1. mmm, they look good. Phylo is phinicky and mine always rips. :D

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