Spinach Sticks

{ Spinach Sticks }

I saw this photo posted on Pinterest of spinach sticks, but when I clicked on it, I could never find the recipe. For my first adventure in filo dough, I was set on making these spinach sticks (instead of the standard spinach pie {or Spanakopita}) for a baby shower.  I improvised and this is what I came up with. They turned out pretty delicious (if I do say so myself).  A very easy appetizer for a dinner, party or shower! Here is my recipe for spinach sticks!

ingredients }

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 pounds fresh spinach, washed and drained
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch scallions, white and green parts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 pound filo pastry sheets

{ directions }

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large saute pan, add the garlic and scallions. Cook for about three minutes, tossing with tongs. Add the spinach and saute until spinach wilts, stirring for another few minutes. Remove spinach and squeeze out excess liquid (I let it sit on a paper towel for a few minutes), then chop roughly and let cool. (This part can be done ahead and kept refrigerated).
  2. Stir the cheese and plenty of salt and pepper to the cooled spinach mixture.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Unroll the filo dough on a flat surface and keep it covered with waxed paper and a damp towel so it doesn’t dry out and become brittle. Use a pastry brush to brush a sheet of filo with melted butter. Spread a spoonful of spinach filling 1 inch from the end of the pastry in a straight line. Fold the end over to cover the filling and carefully roll the filo dough tightly to create your spinach stick. brush and seal with butter and pinch both ends (so the filling doesn’t fall out. Continue with remaining strips of dough, placing filled sticks on the baking sheet and keeping them covered with a towel until all are ready to bake.
  5. Brush the sticks lightly with butter, then bake for 10-13 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Serve warm. (These may be frozen before baking, layering waxed paper between layers to keep them from sticking. Bake frozen sticks an extra 10 minutes.)
  6. Enjoy! Yum!

Makes about 24 sticks. 148 calories per stick.

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Spinach Stick Assembly
Spinach Stick Assembly

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