Spanakopita Greek Spinach Pie Recipe

spanakopita recipeIf you read this blog regularly, you will know that since making my Easy Berry Phyllo Tarts, I have been trying to find more recipes to use up the rest of my phyllo dough.  A couple of weeks ago, Art and I experimented with Meatballs in Phyllo Appetizers, and they were a big hit!!

Well, I still had quite a bit of phyllo dough left over, so I started brainstorming with some friends at work.  First, we thought of baklava, but that is a bit expensive to make, and would require a few alterations, since I have reacted badly to walnuts in the past.  Then we hit on spanakopita.  Spanakopita is a Greek savory pastry made with spinach, feta, onions, egg and seasoning.  It is served either layered in phyllo dough or in little triangular phyllo pockets.

This recipe was a no-brainer for me since I always have spinach, feta, onions and eggs in the house and, of course, I already had the phyllo.  As usual, I tweaked it a bit to make it my own.  My friends at work loved it and I hope you do too!!

 Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie ) Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 bag fresh spinach, steamed

5 oz. crumbled feta (I used tomato-basil flavor)

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1 egg, beaten

10 sheets phyllo dough, divided

1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375F.

Combine spinach,  feta, onion and garlic powder and egg in a bowl.

Brush a 9″x9″ square pan with melted butter.

Trim the phyllo dough to fit the pan.

Add 5 sheets of phyllo, one layer at a time, brushing each layer with butter before adding the next one.

Spread spinach mixture over layered phyllo sheets.

Add remaining 5 sheets of phyllo, repeating brushing with butter as before.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.

spanakopita recipeEnjoy!!

 

 

Aqua Zinger Fruit Infuser Water Bottle Review

Aqua Zinger Fruit Infuser Aqua Zinger Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

by ZingAnything

  • Sports Cap Double wall stainless steel keeps your drink and ingredients insulated,finger hole provided for easy carrying,wide mouth top allows for easy filling and ice cubes, if needed.
  • Cushioned base through a soft rubber base pad to prevent slippage,health-safe materials – BPA/EA-free Tritan Plastic from Eastman and 18/8 stainless steel*,extra deep ingredient cup allows for maximized flavor,easy to clean .
  • Reusable,hot and cold liquid safe,carbonated water friendly.Keep children away from the Aqua Zinger without the help of parental supervision.
  • The recommended Aqua infusion shelf life is three days for all beverages, if refrigerated. If you plan to consume your Zing creation with a 12-hour period, no chilling is required.
  • Aqua Zings typically produce one-two drinks per Zing. In order to return to a tasty concentration, we recommend adding new ingredients after two servings have been enjoyed (or 40 ounces).

My Review:

A friend at work got the Aqua Zinger as a Christmas present, but had never used it.  She brought it to work about a month ago and I thought it was so cool I had to get one for myself.

It is super easy to use.  You just pick the fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and/or sugars that you want the water to taste like. (Tougher ingredients may need to be cut into smaller pieces before grinding).  The bottle comes with a little brochure that gives some possible taste combinations.  My favorites so far have been blackberry mint and strawberry basil.  For my photos I used strawberry cucumber (refreshing).

I chopped the strawberries in half and added slices of cucumber to the base.

Aqua Zinger Fruit InfuserNext I put on the grinder lid and twisted it a few times to release some of the juice.  I screwed on the main bottle, added cold water, and let it sit in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

Voila!!  Fresh, cold, fruit-infused water!! I especially liked that there were no chunks like there are if I make fruit-infused water in a pitcher or glass.  You can also add carbonated water or soda for different flavors.

I’ve been using the AquaZinger for almost a month now and I can’t say enough good about it.  The parts wash easily in the dishwasher.  The sport top makes the bottle nearly spill-proof.  I put the fruit in the bottom before I leave for work in the morning and it flavors my water all day!!

I highly recommend the Aqua Zinger fruit infuser bottle for those who are tired of drinking “plain” water and want fresh, natural flavor without chunks.

You can purchase the Aqua Zinger Fruit infuser bottle at Amazon.

I did not receive anything for this review.  I purchased the Aqua Zinger on my own and enjoyed it so much I wanted to share it with my readers.  I will receive a commission if you purchase through the above link.