I have a new favorite appetizer - spanakopita bites. They're a combination of 2 of my favorite things - spinach artichoke dip and phyllo dough. I came up with this idea to make a tiny cup out of phyllo dough after reading through a blog on "What's Cookin' Chicago?". They had a similar version of this phyllo cup filled with spinach dip that inspired me to create my version of this bite sized treat. It took me a couple of tries to figure out how to make the phyllo cups but once I had it figured out - it was pretty easy.
Spinach Dip (Any kind will do.) I used my favorite spinach and artichoke dip recipe.
Brush 1 square at a time with melted butter and stack on top of each other until you have a stack of 5. (Working with phyllo takes practice and patience - don't rush it.)
Gently press the entire stack into a greased mini muffin tin.
Fill each shell with a scoop of spinach dip.
These were awesome warm - right out of the oven. But they were still good after they cooled to room temperature.
I know what you're thinking - phyllo dough is too much trouble. Don't worry - these little square are a great way to learn to work with phyllo. They're more manageable than working with big sheets of this flaky pastry. Go on - give it a try and if you need help - just email me and I will be there to help you out.
Practice makes better phyllo bakers and it also makes better cross country runners. These are a few of my favorite pictures from yesterday's meet.
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