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Party Nibbles: Spanakopita Crackers

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Category: Appetizers

 Ingredients List

  • 1 tb Butter
  • 1/2 c Shallots, finely chopped
  • - or onions
  • 1 lb Frozen chopped spinach
  • -thawed
  • 1 pn Nutmeg
  • 1 pn Cayenne pepper
  • 1 pn Pepper
  • 1 c Firm goat cheese, crumbled
  • Salt
  • 8 Phyllo pastry sheets
  • 1/4 c Butter, melted


These spinach and cheese filled crackers can be made ahead, ready to pop
into the oven at show time. For an even more artistic presentation, tie up
with chives. The phyllo dough can be cut on the diagonal and the edges
ruffled up.

In non-stick skillet, melt butter; cook shallots over medium-low heat,
stirring often, for 5 minutes or until softened. Press out excess liquid
from spinach and chop finely. Add to skillet; cook, stirring, over medium
heat just until moistened. Stir in nutmet, cayenne pepper and pepper.

Transfer to bowl; let cool. Mix in cheese; season with salt to taste. Press
mixture into tiny log shapes. Place 1 sheet of phyllo pastry on work
surface, keeping remaining sheets covered with a damp cloth.

Brush 1 half of pastry from 1 short end to centre with butter. Fold over,
aligning short ends. Cut pastry in half crosswise to make 2 pieces. About
1/2-inch in from long edges on each piece of pastry, place 2 log-shaped
mounds of filling. Roll up each piece loosely from short edge to enclose
mounds completely. Cut pastry between the 2 mounds to separate into 2. With
fingertips, gently press pastry together at each end of mount to form
Christmas cracker shape [ed: Christmas crackers are those amusement items
that are formed from a hollow tube, stuffed with a party hat and
"Cracker-Jack" type prize. They produce a loud snapping sound when two
people pull on either end).

Repeat with remaining filling and pastry. (Can be refrigerated, separated
by waxed paper in layers, in covered container for up to 3 days.)

Place on nonstick or lightly greased baking sheet, about 1 inch apart.
Brush with butter. Bake in 375F 190C oven for 7-9 minutes or until pastry
is golden. Source: Canadian Living magazine - Nov 95 author: Iris Raven


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