It’s the holidays, and everybody needs some party-ready treats that get attention–and get gobbled up!
I love this dish because it smells and looks and tastes fabulous and festive, and looks so complicated, everybody thinks you’re a major chef…even though it’s actually easy, and perfect for a messy, clumsy cook like me.
It works for an eat-with-your-hands appetizer, as a side dish, or even as a main dish for your vegetarian friends. It’s succulent, but actually healthy!
Not to mention it would be pretty fun to make with a hot guy–all the sensuous, hands-on aspects of preparing it, and of course you could find some interesting uses for any leftover olive oil at the end.
-packet of phyllo dough (you can get it in the frozen section of the supermarket, usually where they have the frozen garlic bread.)
-10 ounce package frozen chopped broccoli
-10 ounce package frozen chopped or whole spinach
-8 ounces feta cheese
-2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped, or 1 tablespoon dried dill weed
-freshly ground pepper to taste (no salt!! The feta is already salty.)
-generous supply of olive oil for brushing over the phyllo. You’ll need a pastry brush or some wadded paper towels to spread it over the dough.
[OPTIONAL: I’ve made it with and without these, and it makes little difference:
1 yellow onion, chopped fine
2 green onions, chopped fine
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped]
Preheat oven to 350.
[If you’re using the extra onions, sauté those in some olive oil first, then add other veg.]
Saute the broccoli and spinach until its softened (you can thaw first or not.) DRAIN OFF and DISCARD EXCESS LIQUID.
Add in the dill and pepper [and the eggs, chives, parsley, if you’re using those.] Set that mixture aside. Have the cheese open and ready to add.
WORKING FAST, start layering the phyllo dough one sheet at a time into a buttered or oiled oblong baking dish (12 X 7 X 2 or thereabouts). You may need to either fold or cut the sheets to make them fit. It doesn’t have to be perfect or pretty. If you tear a sheet accidentally, just use it and oil it; the bits will hang together. Have bowl of olive oil and a brush or paper towel right there, so as soon as you lay in a sheet, you can quickly smear it all over with the oil. Then add the next sheet. Seriously, use LOTS of oil, so the sheets look translucent. Use half the sheets of dough to layer the bottom of the pan.
Speedily mix the cheese into the veggie mixture, then spread the whole thing on top of that first layering of phyllo dough. As soon as the veggie mix is spread, get that next sheet of phyllo dough right on top. Then layer all the rest, still using lots of oil. Use all the phyllo in the pack, except the bits you have to cut off the edges to fit the pan.
Make sure the very last piece is also well-oiled so it all looks olive-oil-colored and translucent. CUT SLICES THROUGH THE PIE BEFORE IT GOES INTO THE OVEN. Make one slice in half lengthwise (all the way to the bottom of the pan), then in quarters width-wise. Then cut a diagonal line through each square, so the whole pan looks like a bunch of joined triangles.
Pop it in the oven for about 40 minutes, until the phyllo on top is completely opaque and starting to turn golden brown.
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When a poor, plain spinster and a rich, handsome viscount get tangled in blackberry vines, unexpected passions flare. But once he claims her virtue, will the viscount make her his wife—or only his secret mistress?
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A Hollywood Bad Boy cameraman swears to keep his hands off the filmmaking partner he lusts for, but during a shoot on Colorado’s lush Wild Mountain, the civilized rules don’t seem to apply.
And don’t forget the Prize Basket!
On top of a fabulous treat and some oh-so-satisfying reads today, you get to enter for a chance to win some really awesome stuff – better than sex!
This basket includes all the following:
A Three Tier Cake Pan, complete with insert for filling, the makings for Better Than Sex Cake, a whisk, measuring spoons, a spatula, oven mitts, a Date Night Recipe Book, along with cool swag from Nice Girl Writing Naughty. Oh and did I mention there’s a couple of print books to enjoy as well after you get done baking up this deliciousness? Yep!
So how do you enter to win?* It’s quick and easy – you can earn an entry for each of the following:
- Comment on each author’s post.
- Share your own favorite tempting recipe (link to recipe will do)
- Share the blog hop with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.
*This contest is open only to U.S. Residents.
Easy peasy, huh? So all you have to do is stop by the Nice Girls Writing Naughty blog each day (Nov 15-30) to get some yummy recipes, meet some smexy men, then share with us. Leave the rest to Dakota. She will tabulate the results and draw a winner on December 1st.