Yes, folks … it’s that time again … time for another installment of The Secret Recipe Club!
Faithful readers of Rhubarb and Honey know that I’ve been participating in The Secret Recipe Club for the last few months. The idea of The Secret Recipe Club is similar to other blog exchanges in that each participating blogger is assigned another participating blog to make a recipe from, but the twist with The Secret Recipe Club is that you can’t tell anyone whose blog you have—shhhh, it’s a secret!—until you finally post about the blog you were assigned and the recipe you chose. It’s a great way to “meet” other food bloggers and expand my blog readership as well. If you’re a food blogger, I highly suggest you join.
This month, my Secret Recipe Club blog assignment was The Foodies at Work, a lovely blog from Melissa and Angela, two foodies in two cubicles in two cities … but with one giant appetite. Longtime friends who met in college, Melissa blogs from Boston and Angela blogs from New York City. Their blog is host to their “favorite original and discovered recipes, highlights of local foodie events, and restaurant reviews from Boston, NYC, and beyond.” I love the fact that these two foodie friends are still able to share their love of food even though they live in different cities … and I am happy I can share their blog with you.
The Foodies at Work have tons of delicious recipes on their site, and I spent almost an hour reading through them while deciding what to make. When I saw their recipe for Spinach and Cheese Pie, I knew I’d hit paydirt.
Melissa and Angela’s recipe immediately brought to mind one of my favorite Greek foods, spanikopita or “spinach pie,” a savory pastry made with chopped spinach, feta cheese, onions, egg, and seasonings. The filling is wrapped in phyllo dough with butter and/or olive oil, traditionally in the shape of a triangle.
I knew that I wanted to add phyllo dough to Melissa and Angela’s recipe, but since the preparation for spanikopita can take some time, I decided to improvise … and therefore, I bestow unto you my recipe for spinach and feta phyllo cups.
This recipe turned out better than I could have imagined. The phyllo cups were light and flaky, the perfect “container” for a delicious spanikopita-inspired filling of chopped spinach, feta and parmesan cheese, and chopped kalamata olives. The filling itself was full of bright flavors and just the right amount of salt. Combined together, this is the best side dish I’ve made in awhile.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do … and I hope you check out The Foodies at Work … I know you’ll love their blog as much as I do too!
Spinach and Feta Phyllo Cups
- 8 ounces frozen chopped spinach
- 2 ounces feta cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 10 kalamata olives, finely chopped
- 6 to 8 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Place frozen spinach in microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at 50% power until defrosted. Once defrosted, remove excess water from spinach by squeezing tightly over bowl; squeeze until all excess water is removed. Place spinach in a separate bowl.
3. Add the feta cheese, parmesan cheese, and chopped olives to the spinach; mix thoroughly. Set aside.
4. Arrange one sheet of phyllo dough on a clean work surface; cover the remaining phyllo dough with a damp towel. Brush phyllo sheet with melted butter, top with another sheet, and repeat until all sheets have been used.
5. Using a pizza cutter, cut assembled phyllo sheets in to six equal-sized squares. Butter six cups of a 12-cup muffin pan, alternating cups to allow room for each phyllo cup. Line each prepared cup with one of the phyllo squares, gently pressing it into the edges to form a cup.
6. Fill phyllo cups with equal amounts of the spinach mixture. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.
Notes: The recipe makes 6 phyllo cups and can easily be doubled to make more.
P.S. To learn more you about The Secret Recipe Club or to join in (you do have to have a blog with a decent number of recipes for others to choose from), click here to read about it and sign up!