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Phyllo Me To The Moon Pies

spinach piesWhen it’s time for something a little special, phyllo pastry is the way to go. I’m not sure I ever understood why, until I delved into this recipe. Working with phyllo in this way does involve a bit of a time commitment and some good music (or other form of entertainment).

In the end, this was a lot of fun to make, and really rewarding. Combining various tastes and textures into one grand hors d’oeuvre tastes delicious.

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I love making individual pies like this for potlucks. There’s no having to cut the dish into slices and everyone gets a reasonably similar size serving. Not to mention, you can always sneak one heading out without anyone being the wiser. On the other hand, everyone’s going to know when a slice goes missing from a pie. The only real dilemma is who’s going to take the last one.

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Given the Mediterranean nature of this recipe, it seems appropriate to share music from a cool, young Greek band called Keep Shelly In Athens. The duo makes really chill music, which is definitely the kind of music I’d make if I hailed from some place as warm as Athens.

Greece is on the top of my list of places to travel, right alongside Japan. I’m fascinated by the history of Greece, and how much of what they did has been a foundation for our knowledge today. While their mythology is just stories now, we still celebrate the Olympics in homage to the ancient Greek tradition, the very idea of critical thinking originated in Greece and we use their early geometric concepts in math (even though they had no idea of irrational numbers, which made circles very difficult for them). I could go on all day, but I’ll just leave with saying that it would be a terribly interesting place to experience.

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So, where would you like to travel? What places intrigue you the most that you haven’t had a chance to visit? And which of their foods are you most excited to try? I love Greek cheeses and olives. I’ll start there. Maybe some pastries too.

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Phyllo Me To The Moon Pies

Makes three dozen

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 1/2 ounces or 300 grams spinach, washed and drained
  • 3 to 5 green onions, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2/3 cup feta, finely crumbled (about 150 grams)
  • 1 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 pound phyllo pastry sheets
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. When hot, carefully add the spinach with a dash of salt and saute until the spinach just wilts, but be careful not to overcook. Remove the spinach and drain excess liquid through a fine strainer or cheesecloth. In the hot skillet, saute the green onions for a couple minutes then add the wilted spinach, dill, lemon zest, nutmeg, pepper and salt. Cook for another couple minutes until fragrant. Remove from heat and allow to cool in a medium bowl.
  2. Preheat oven to 350˚F (175˚C). Grease 12 muffin tins with some melted butter, set aside the rest of the butter for later.
  3. When the spinach is at room temperature, add the ricotta, feta and egg. Mix well.
  4. Unroll the phyllo dough on a large cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut into 4″ squares. Set half the squares aside and cover with wax paper and a damp towel to keep them from drying out.
  5. To make a mini-pie, brush a phyllo square with butter and place another square on top at a slight angle. Repeat the buttering and layering with 6 more so by the end you’ll have a tiny stack of 8 squares in a star-like shape. Place the stack in a greased muffin tin, pushing the pastry into the corners, and fill with a scoop of the spinach mixture. Fold in the corners a bit. Repeat the process until you’ve used all the spinach mixture.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool in the muffin tins, then carefully take them out and place them on a serving plate to bring to the potluck.
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2 comments on “Phyllo Me To The Moon Pies

  1. Lauren
    July 28, 2014

    Thanks for checking out http://messykitchenhappybelly.com/! So glad you liked it! These look awesome, can’t wait to try them!

    • kahht
      July 28, 2014

      They’re great! I hope you love them too.

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