Spanakopita Bites for #SundaySupper

What is the first thing you think about when I mention Greece? Do you see the crystal blue waters against the shining white houses in Santorini?  Perhaps you have visions of feta cheese, spanakopita and baklava drenched in honey? Or maybe the romantic comedy “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and huge families with piles of food on the table?  My mind goes to Santorini first, then the movie!  This is one of my favorite lines:

Maria Portokalos: Ian, are you hungry?

Ian Miller: Uh no, I already ate.

Maria Portokalos: Okay, I make you something.

Italian families do this too.  Southern families as well! (I speak from experience!!) It’s tradition for all kinds of families all over the world! Feeding people is something we all have in common.  Nothing makes my heart happier than having a group of friends and family around the table, eating, laughing and sharing together.  This week our Sunday Supper Family decided to pay tribute to the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding!” and the recently released “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” by putting together a wonderful line up of traditional (and perhaps not so traditional) greek foods.  My contribution are these wonderful Spanakopita Bites, done in puff pastry.  I think they look like cute little spinach-filled flowers!

Spanakopita Bites

The nice thing about this recipe is it makes a LOT!  It goes together quickly and poor Ian Miller, hungry or not, would probably help himself to several of them.  You know, just to be polite.

Spanakopita Bites

Traditionally Spanakopita is made with layers and layers of delicious, flaky, Phyllo dough.  I’ve seen versions using the pre-packaged Phyllo cups or even Won Ton Wrappers.  I decided to try puff pastry for a slightly different approach.  I have to tell you, I’m quite happy with how they turned out.  The puff pastry is still flaky and crisp like Phyllo dough, without all the work.

Spanakopita BitesThe little Spanakopita pockets open up slightly when they bake and you get a peek inside at the savory spinach, shallot and feta mix just waiting to dance around on your tongue! It’s enough to make you cry “Opa!”   Try them yourself and see what you think!

Spanakopita Bites for #SundaySupper

An easy twist on a traditional Greek Spanakopita. This flavorful appetizer is perfect for your own big family gathering! No wedding required!

  • Puff Pastry Sheets - cut into 3x3 inch squares (you should get approx. 40 squares from 2 sheets of pastry)
  • 10 oz. frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 TBLS olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallot
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 oz. Feta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon zest
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg plus 1 TBLS water (egg wash)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat liners. Set aside.

Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to sauté until you can smell the garlic. (About 30 seconds). Remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium bowl, add spinach, feta, egg, and nutmeg. Stir to combine.

Add garlic and shallot mixture to the bowl and stir to incorporate all the ingredients. Add a small amount of salt and pepper to taste.

Lay puff pastry squares on prepared baking sheets, leaving about an inch between the squares.

Scoop 1 tsp spinach mixture on the center of each square.

Bring all four corners of the pastry square together over the top of the spinach mixture.

Press the edges of the square together to form a little purse or dumpling-type pocket. Seal by pinching firmly with your fingers.

Brush spinach squares with egg wash.

Bake in the oven for 13-16 minutes or until pockets open slightly and the dough is golden brown and crispy.

Remove from oven and serve warm

For more Big Fat Greek Wedding inspiration, check out what the Sunday Supper Tastemakers have put together for you this week!
Greek Appetizers:

Greek Soups:

Greek Breakfast:

Greek Main Dishes:

Greek Side Dishes:

Greek Desserts:

Greek Beverages:

Plus Baked Shrimp with Feta plus More Greek Cuisine from Sunday Supper Movement

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This Post Has 16 Comments
  1. I love these. Little bite sized finger foods are my favorites. I am a grazer, so having goodies like this around would be perfect. We live in the South and when my daughter and her fiancé come over I am always running to the kitchen. Such a great recipe and great story too!

  2. Haha, so true! MY mom is Italian, and my in-laws are southern as can be and everything revolves around food :) I love Spanakopita Pie, so these bites are just perfect!

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