Dinner and a Movie

by Ally Harding, 9:24 AM
I don't know about you but I LOVE Spanakopita. Spinach and cheese in a flaky crust is heaven to me. I've never attempted to make it before because anything that involves filo dough always intimidated me. It was actually very easy to work with. I found this recipe on Pinterest and loved how few ingredients it calls for. I had almost all the ingredients on hand and the ones left to buy weren't expensive at all. The filo dough (or is it phyllo?) was found in the freezer section by the frozen pie shells. Don't go looking for it at Target though, they don't carry it, I had to make 2 stops because of this. The recipe turned out really good. The filling was delicious and I made sure to bake it till the top of the crust was golden brown. I love filo dough to be extra flaky. The good thing is, I have a lot of extra filo dough left over so I'd love to try a Baklava recipe next. You could also add chicken or sausage to it or switch up the cheeses. 

{Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)}
adapted from allrecipes.com


3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 lbs of spinach rinsed and chopped I bought 2 packs of 10oz frozen spinach, thawed it, and drained the excess water
1/2 cup fresh parsley I nixed this and used dill weed instead, all the reviews I read said this makes it more authentic
2 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup crumbled feta
8 sheets phyllo dough I used 8 for top and 8 for bottom
1/4 cup olive oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly oil a 9x9 in pain. I used a 9x13 pan.
Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Saute onion, green onions, and garlic until soft and lightly browned. Stir and spinach and parsley, and continue to saute until spinach is limp, about 2 minutes. Since I used frozen spinach, I cooked it until it was warm throughout. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. This is extremely important or your Spanakopita will turn out mushy. 
In a medium bowl, mix together, the cheeses and eggs. Stir in the spinach mixture. Lay 1 sheet of phyllo dough in baking pan, and brush lightly with olive oil. I also sprinkled dill weed on top. Lay another sheet of phyllo dough, brush with olive oil and repeat this process 2 more times. I put a total of 8 sheets down.
The sheets will overlap the pan. Spread cheese and spinach mixture into pan and fold overhanging dough over filling. Brush with olive oil, then layer remaining 4 sheets of phyllo dough, brushing each with olive oil. Once again I used about 8 sheets. You could use more or less, up to you how flaky you want it to be. Tuck overhanging dough into pan to seal filling.
Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown. Cut into squares and serve while hot.


In honor of Mad Men starting up again this Sunday I figured why not talk about a movie with Don Draper in it?! This is another one of those "where did this movie come from?" Netflix movies with the good cast but you've never heard of the movie before. Or maybe you have, I'm pretty sure this one went to theaters. Anyways, this movie is about two best friends who decide to have a kid together since all their other friends already do and they feel left behind. They think that since they're only friends they can avoid the toll a child takes on a marriage. I won't give you any spoilers but I bet you can imagine where this is headed. Was this movie great and funny? Not so much. I think it came out around Bridesmaids so that's why Kristen Wigg and Chris O'Dowd are on the cover. For how funny this movie could have been, it just wasn't. It's on Netflix so it's worth checking out. Maybe you'll have a different opinion.

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  1. I love spanokopida!! Yum!! I have Greek friends who make it all of the time, but maybe I should give it a shot. I'm with you with filo intimidating me.

  2. I was excited to watch this movie, it had such a great cast. I was very disappointed, I found it kind of depressing honestly. I was bummed!

  3. We watched that movie as well...it had the potential to be really good...and then just kind of didn't go anywhere!! That dish you made looks amazing!! Well done!

  4. I love Spanakopita! Never made it, but need to. We saw that movie too. It gets a "meh". Win some, lose some!

  5. I hated it - I thought it was so depressing! Dinner looks good though :)

  6. This look SO yummy! I definitely need to try it next week! For some reason I loved Friends with Kids, I think I just liked the message behind it that if you wnt kids bad enough its ok to do it the unconditional way haha

  7. Looks delicious! Can't wait to make some since you say it's so easy! I saw that movie when it came out on video and was super disappointed. I wanted to like/love it but it was a real let down for us.

  8. oooo i loveee Spanakopita! its so good :) i've never made it before either! i saw that movie...i think i liked it even though it was kinda depressing/predictable. great cast tho! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  9. Oh I LOVE spanakopita too! I'm going to have to give this recipe a try. I'm always too scared to use phyllo dough too

  10. Once again this looks super yummy :)

  11. You gotta love a good Greek dish! :)


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