Amy Sedaris’s Spanakopita

September 5, 2007 · 10 comments · Print This Post

in Appetizers, Baked Goods, Dinner, Holidays / Entertaining, Vegetarian

 Get Your Greek On

Embarrassing adolescent confession time: I had a crush on Uncle Jesse. Uncle Jesse was Greek and therefore in honor of Uncle Jesse I give you the quintessential Greek dish:

Have MercySpanakopita (Originally published in I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris)

5 eggs
3 10-oz packages of frozen, chopped spinach, defrosted (ring out any water using cheesecloth or dishrag)
8 ounces of cream cheese
8 ounces or more of crumbled feta cheese
8 ounces of small curd cottage cheese
Olive Oil
2 bunches of chopped green onions, sauteed
1 tablespoon of parsley
Dill, fennel (optional)
3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
1 1-lb box of phyllo pastry
1 stick of butter

In a mixer, beat the eggs until fluffy. Add everything else (except the phyllo dough and butter) gradually, just until mixed.

Melt the stick of butter. Using a pastry brush, butter a 9x13x3 inch pan.

Line the bottom of the pan with half the box of phyllo, buttering between each layer. Add spinach filling and spread evenly.

Top with a little extra crumbled feta, if you have some left.

Place the remaining phyllo on top, again buttering between each sheet.

“Baptize” the top with a little water and bake at 350 degrees until brown and crispy on top, approximately 45-50 minutes.

If the phyllo starts to get too brown, cover with foil.

Melt
Melt
Green Onions
Green Onions
Fluff the Eggs
Fluff the Eggs
Drain the Spinach
Drain the Spinach
Combine with Cheeses
Combine with Cheeses
Brush Each Sheet with Butter
Brush Each Sheet with Butter
Add Filling
Add Filling
Continue Layering
Continue Layering
Bake
Bake
Get Your Greek On
Get Your Greek On

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anna September 5, 2007 at 10:36 am

That looks so delicious. And Uncle Jesse looks cute in that picture, though the sweater is really not so good. I think we all have mulletted crushes in our pasts, Erin, don’t feel bad :)

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2 Erin September 6, 2007 at 10:38 pm

Thank you! And I know…Uncle Jesse seriously looks like he stole that sweater from the Ham Burgler’s closet.

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3 Nicole September 8, 2007 at 12:12 pm

The Spanakopita looks awesome and the Uncle Jesse photo is totally cracking me up! Have Mercy…hehehe!

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4 Erin September 8, 2007 at 1:00 pm

Hi Nicole, Thanks for the compliment! Isn’t is bizarre how John Stamos still looks exactly the same 20 years later. Botox is an amazing thing…

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5 June September 9, 2007 at 9:03 pm

this dish looks sooo yummy…i’m going to attempt it!

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6 Erin September 11, 2007 at 6:59 am

Hi June,

You definitely should. For the most part it’s very simple. I did get a little “annoyed” when I had to separate every single layer of phyllo dough and brush butter on them but it was definitely worth it in the end.

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7 JEP March 1, 2008 at 6:34 pm

Fantastic photo! It looks so delicate & elegant…ingredient-wise, delicious!

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8 Elle March 1, 2008 at 7:18 pm

Need. Some. Now. Really. That looks fabulous! Uncle Jessie’s sweater and mullet–not so fab. hehehe

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9 michelle March 1, 2008 at 9:44 pm

i think you could have found a better picture of uncle jesse, but NOT of the spakopita – yummers.

for some reason, i always pronounce it span-a-ko-PITA even though i know better, and then i correct myself.

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10 Jackie March 2, 2008 at 2:16 am

I had friends who were Greek when I was younger and I used to eat at their house all the time.They made something they called ‘Greek pizza’ and I think it might be this or something really really close.Im going to have to try and make this since what I remember was delicious and can only imagine what this will be like.Im just not sure it had all the greens in it.I remember it being more layered dough with cheese and a lil bit of green in it.Any idea what Im talking about?

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