Spanakopita with tzatziki

This is one of my faves to serve as finger food or bring to a potluck.  Children love this vegetarian treat: my 1 year old nephew ate 3 or 4 at my NYE party.

Spanakopita: My favourite spanakopita recipe is this one from the Food Network with a few tweaks. I use frozen spinach instead of fresh (3 packs) and replace the scallions with green onions. I also make them smaller, more bite sized, than the recipe calls for. This recipe easily makes 60 to 80 triangles, so be prepared to share.

Safeway makes a great phyllo pastry (bottom of picture). Parsley is not pictured.

Working with phyllo pastry: The secret is keep it moist. Once phyllo pastry (or dough)  is exposed to the air, it starts to crack and becomes less malleable. Keep it covered with a damp (almost wet) tea towel.

Making the triangles is easy but time consuming. Throw on your favourite dance mix and boogie while you fold!

Tzatziki: Tzatziki sauce is delicious and incredibly healthy. Substitute with fat free yogurt and sour cream for a low calorie option. It can be used as a veggie and chip dip or a salad dressing. A great alternative to the evil ranch dressing.

  • 3/4 cup plain Greek style yogurt (regular plain yogurt work just as well)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1-2 minced cloves of garlic
  • Squirt of lemon juice
  • Approx 1/2 cup of grated cucumber (peeled or unpeeled depending on preference and type of cuke)
  • Fresh ground pepper

Make ahead of time and let sit in the fridge overnight.

Happy trails!


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