Frilly layers of phyllo dough surround the festive spinach and sun-dried tomato filling in a dressed-up version of Greek spanakopita. Serve these as a main dish for supper and you're sure to please vegetarians and omnivores alike.

Ellen Ecker Ogden
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2008

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total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until brown and tender, about 5 minutes. Add spinach in batches and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.

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  • Whisk ricotta, feta and 1/2 teaspoon salt (or goat cheese and 1 teaspoon salt), eggs, egg whites, dill, pepper and nutmeg in a large bowl. Stir in the spinach mixture and sun-dried tomatoes.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  • Melt butter with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat.

  • Unroll phyllo sheets onto a clean, dry surface, keeping them in a stack. (To make the tart in an 11-inch round tart pan instead of individual tartlets, see Variation, below.) Cut the stack in half crosswise (you'll have 40 half-sheets). Cover with a piece of wax paper and then a damp kitchen towel. (Keep the phyllo covered to prevent it from drying out while you work.)

  • Lightly brush each tartlet pan with some of the melted butter mixture. Place 1 half-sheet of phyllo in each pan, pressing it into the edges; brush with the butter mixture. Continue adding sheets and brushing with the butter mixture until you have 5 layers in each pan. Trim the phyllo, leaving a 1/2- to 1-inch overhang.

  • Place the tartlet pans on a baking sheet. Divide the spinach mixture among the pans. Fold the dough over the filling (it won't cover completely). Brush the edges of the dough with the remaining butter mixture.

  • Bake the tartlets until the filling is set and the crust is golden brown, about 35 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then gently turn the tartlets out of the pans. Serve warm.

  • Variation: This recipe can also be made in an 11-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom. Use 2 overlapping sheets of phyllo per layer, for 10 layers. Brush each layer with the butter mixture. Add the filling. Trim the phyllo to make a 1- to 2-inch overhang; fold the dough over the filling. Bake until set and golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the filling (Steps 1-2), cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Equipment: 8 individual (4- to 4 1/2-inch) tartlet pans or 11-inch round removable-bottom tart pan

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

338 calories; protein 12.3g 25% DV; carbohydrates 32g 10% DV; dietary fiber 2.7g 11% DV; sugars 2.6g; fat 18g 28% DV; saturated fat 6.4g 32% DV; cholesterol 69.3mg 23% DV; vitamin a iu 5185.2IU 104% DV; vitamin c 7mg 12% DV; folate 150mcg 38% DV; calcium 199.6mg 20% DV; iron 3.9mg 22% DV; magnesium 63.9mg 23% DV; potassium 463.3mg 13% DV; sodium 608.6mg 24% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 35% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2012
Delicious I used puff pastry instead of phyllo and sour cream instead of ricotta because that's what I had on hand. Delicious! Works great as an entree with a side salad. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
09/03/2013
No description of tartlet pan! Since I would need to go buy pans in order to make this I am very unhappy to not even be able to do that. Pros: It might be a good recipe Cons: I don't know what kind of pan to use! Read More