Let the Fun Continue…Greek style.

May 27, 2009 at 12:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

Bring on the snacks!

We went with a Greek kind of theme tonight

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After the fun night we had with Tomas on Saturday, we wanted the fun to continue and invited him over for some din on Sunday.

To start off we had a bunch of niblies out while the main course was baking in the oven.

Various olives, pita triangles, sundried tomatoes, celery, carrots

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Sorry for the blur!

Tortilla chips (not Greek but whatevs James wanted em and I’m not one to deny)

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Trader Joe’s Hummus quartet. Yum!!! man I love Trader Joe’s hummus. I can never get my homemade kind to be as light and delicious as theirs. What’s your secret Trader Joe’s??

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Shrimp with cocktail sauce (also just something I wanted..hellooo ketchup and horseradish!!)

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Then it was time for the main feature:

Spanakopita

  • 1 lb. frozen spinach, defrosted
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup fat free cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup part skim ricotta
  • 8 sheets phyllo

Mix all ingredients together except for the phyllo.

Grease an 8×8 pan and place one sheet of phyllo down. Spray or brush with olive oil. Layer another piece of phyllo and spray or brush with olive oil. Continue until 4 sheets are laid down. Spread spinach mixture inside. Layer another 4 pieces of phyllo on top using the same olive oil spraying/brushing technique. Bake at 350* for 35-40 minutes.

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James was in charge of assembling. He got a little creative and sprinkled some cheese on top and didn’t really trim the sides.

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Mmm wine and spinach pie!

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I didn’t finish this since I had filled up on snacks but the filling was delish! I didn’t even think it needed the phyllo outside. The sundried tomatoes added a good contrasting flavor to the other more neutral flavors.  I like adding cottage cheese to ricotta too.  I think it gives it more flavor.

The other main feature: Frost/Nixon. Anyone else see this? It was a cool movie and worked out well since James loooves documentaries but I like movies with more of a story line. We thought it was interesting how they cast Nixon in such a sympathetic light, as someone to pity rather then someone to hate. We gave it 4 stars on our netflix..though it could have used a 3.5.

 

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