Phyllo for Dinner!

2 Oct

Everybody knows that the best part of going to a wedding is the cocktail hour. And the best part of the cocktail hour (for me) is the passed hors d’oeuvres. To be specific, those lovely little spinach-filled phyllo dough hors d’oeuvres that make a flakey, sometimes embarrassing mess while you are eating them. Nothing like walking around all confident in your pretty new dress, with your hair done, and phyllo flakes leftover on your face 😉
Dinner tonight was basically a huge hors d’oeuvre – what can be better than that?

Spinach, Feta, Sun-Dried Tomato Phyllo Roll
Yield: 2 big rolls

8 sheets Phyllo dough, thawed
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, pureed (or chopped, depending on your preference)
2 tsp evoo
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp dried basil
20 oz (1 big package) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
½ cup fat free ricotta
½ cup crumbled feta
¼ cup grated parmesan
1 egg white
1 tbsp earth balance, melted
onion powder to taste

*For the vegans out there, try replacing the cheese with pureed seasoned tofu or chickpeas to get that creamy texture

Place 1 cup of sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and fill with water until they are all covered. Let sit for 3 hours. Drain well and place tomatoes in food processor and process until pureed. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350F. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the minced garlic, basil,onion powder, and oregano in the evoo for about 5 minutes. Add spinach and sun-dried tomato puree and stir all together over the heat for another minute or so. Set skillet aside. Place 1 sheet of the Phyllo dough on a baking sheet. Brush lightly with melted earth balance and place another Phyllo sheet on top. Repeat this until you have 4 layers of Phyllo. Add cheeses, egg white, and salt and pepper to the spinach mixture and mix thoroughly. Spoon half of the mixture onto phyllo dough and spread evenly, leaving a 2 inch border around all four sides of the dough. Gently fold the 2 inch border over the mixture and begin to roll (see pictures). When finished, repeat these steps to make your second roll. Cook in oven for 22-25 minutes.

*Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect! Just be delicate with the phyllo because it’s very fragile





Needless to say, we polished our plates. This was so easy (let’s not mistake the “unknown” for “difficult” – This was a different cooking experience, but definitely not hard) and is a great way to pretend like you’re some fancy-pants cook the next time you are hosting a get together. You can also try adding mushrooms – I would have loved to do this, but somebody doesn’t like mushrooms. Not naming names. Steve.


8 Responses to “Phyllo for Dinner!”

  1. Sarah(everydaysapicnic) October 2, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I love the canapes at weddings! They are almost better than the main meal in my opinion 🙂

  2. Irene October 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Mmmmm, anything wrapped in phyllo is good! I like sweet stuff too, like nutella and banana wrapped in phyllo 🙂

  3. spinach&spice October 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    I’ve been seeing a lot of phyllo lately but haven’t tried cooking/baking with it yet! This might be perfect inspiration though 😉 I just need a food processor now..

  4. Allie @ PickyEatingRD October 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    I love phyllo dough. The only problem I have with it though is that I tend to eat only that (avoiding everything inside of it!). Thanks for sharing !!

  5. Steve October 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    What a great idea it was. It’s like a filling burrito without all the fat and calories!

  6. realfunfood October 4, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    I love this!! I used phyllo dough for the first time and made kinda weird pizza rolls, but I’m planning to make something like this soon. And you’re right, I do feel like a fancy pants when I use that dough! 🙂

  7. Kristen @ swanky dietitian October 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    I love those appetizers!! I’m that girl who tries to get a taste of every one. Ha.
    This looks just delicious! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. sarahsmodernbites October 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    That looks like such a fun recipe! Phyllo dough is so versatile I always forget about how fun it is to use!

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