Sunday, February 9, 2014

SRC - Spanikopita Bites

Its time for Secret Recipe Club again - I love being part of this fun club! My favorite part of the SRC is assignment day - I love when I get that e-mail in my inbox with the link to the blog that I get to choose my recipe from. I also love that all of my assignments have all come from blogs I have never been to before, it's really a great opportunity to find some fabulous bloggers out there and some delicious recipes. If you are not familiar with exactly how this club works, you can stop by the website and learn all about it - maybe even join in! Basically you are (secretly) assigned a blog to checkout, browse through their recipes, choose one to make and blog about it. It's a lot of fun!

This month my assignment was Sid's Sea Palm Cooking.  As soon as I read the "about me" on this great blog, I knew we were meant to be together. Tapas Club once a month - can I come?! I love this idea and I may steal borrow it.  Not to mention participating in Boat Club once a month.  Is there anything better than sharing great recipes and treats with friends on a regular basis?  I think not.  

I used this Sid's Sea Palm Cooking to help me with my superbowl planning. There were so many great appetizers to choose from like Brie Stuffed Mushrooms  and this Savory Cheesecake (I will be back for this one.)  But in the end I went with one of my favorite appetizers (a favorite that I had never made before) Spanikopita Bites.

I had never works with phyllo cups before, they are so cute and so easy to use.  I love that these appetizers were so packed with flavor in such itty bitty packages.  I will be making these again and again for sure. The one major change I made to this recipe was I chose to saute my spinach with the onions and garlic to meld all the flavors together.  I also added the eggs and milk to the mixture in the pan basically because I hate doing dishes and didn't want to dirty another bowl.  If you don't want to do that just add the saute to the thawed spinach and mix and fill.  

What did you all make for the Superbowl?

Spanikopita Bites
recipe adapted from Sid's Sea Palm Cooking
30 mini phyllo shells
8 oz frozen spinach, thawed and liquid squeezed out
4 oz feta
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped (I used a red onion)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 eggs, mixed slightly
2 tablespoons milk
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350.
Saute the onions in olive oil until they are soft, about 5 minutes, I went a bit longer because I wanted a nice caramelization on mine.  Add in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add the spinach and saute, season with salt and pepper.  
Remove the pan from the heat and let cool a little (at this point you can let it cool or transfer to a bowl - I am all about the one pot so I let it cool a few minutes.)  
Add the cheeses in and stir.  Then add in the eggs and the milk and combine.
Lay the shells out on a baking sheet and fill with the mixture.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until the shells begin to brown.  

These are best eaten warm but still good once they cool down a bit.

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  1. These are such perfect little appetizer bites! And way less stress than making a whole spanakopita!

  2. They're the perfect bite of deliciousness! Pinning and making for my next party! Great SRC choice!

  3. Thanks for the kind words, I think these are good, and also thanks for the hint on sauteing the spinach in with the onions. But then again, I've been known to throw the spinach (squeezed spinach) in with the eggs and cheese, and then dump the onions/garlic on top.

  4. These look fantastic!Spanikopita is one of my favorite Greek foods. Unfortunately they don't make gluten free phyllo, so I don't indulge in it too much.

  5. Oooo! Tapas Club?!? That sounds genius. I think we should all be stealing that idea. Thanks for sharing with the SRC. These look fantastic.

  6. Sigh, you had me at spanikopita. :) Definitely trying!

  7. Oh my gosh, I just tried my own version of spanikopita tonight - and now I want to try THIS versioin! Great choice!

  8. I have never tried these shells. I need to give this a try. Looks delicious.

  9. Oooh, these look delish. I love spanikopita!

  10. I love food made using Phyllo cups. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  11. These are so cute. I bet they’d be a nice little snack for work.

  12. Such perfect little bites! I'm thinking I'll have to give these a try. :)

  13. I loooove spanikopita and this appetizer bite-size twist on them is SO clever. They look fantastic! What a great choice for SRC!

  14. these look awesome -- shall try them soon, thanks for sharing!

  15. What perfect little party bites, and purchased phyllo shells take away any prep stress.

  16. These look so adorable and I love that it's a healthy appetizer alternative. Pinning these so I can make them for my next party.

  17. Hi Danielle,
    Your Spanikopita Bites look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  18. Looks like the perfect bite!

    I featured it here at my blog this week:

    Enjoy and have a great week!


  19. Congratulations...this post was featured on Create It Thursday #42! Thanks for sharing such a great idea with us last week!

  20. What a terrific bite sized appetizer! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!


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