Little bites of creamy, classic Greek-inspired Spinach Pie stuffed into small phyllo tarts – the perfect party appetizer!
My love for Greek food knows no bounds. Seriously just search “Greek” and you’ll find quite a few Greek-inspired dishes on this blog. I could legit eat Greek food every single day, and I don’t think I would get tired of it.
Today, I’m sharing a last minute holiday recipe to help you (ummmm, and me) finalize your menu this week!
I will be honest and tell you even as a kid, I would scour cookbooks for hours trying to find the right recipe and menu for a shindig. Then those books turned into food magazines, and of course now I just scroll Pinterest and Google for inspiration. Sometimes, there is just too much out there, and I start to overthink it all.
So this year, I am keeping it simple. We always host Christmas Eve for my side of the family – which I love! Though my family, they will tell you if they like or don’t like something. They have zero qualms about it.
I do have to work for a bit on Christmas Eve, and so I need a few light bites before the main attraction. For sure, we’ll have Prosciutto + Mozzarella Skewers, since they can be made the night before (I’ll just wait to add the balsamic glaze until right before serving). I’ll also serve a platter of Spanakopita Bites; my family loves Greek eats as much as I do.
I’m not reinventing the wheel here with my little bites of Spinach Pie. But I am keeping it simple, and that’s what I need this week – an appetizer packed with flavor, that takes little to no time at all. I like to add a litttttle cream cheese to my spinach mixture to avoid dryness – there is nothing more disappointing than a dry Spinach Pie.
spanakopita party bites
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small sweet onion, diced - yellow or white onion is fine
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and wringed out of all water
- 6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
- 1 ounce cream cheese, softened - 1/3 fat suggested (neufchatel)
- 1 large egg, whisked
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 packages frozen mini phyllo tarts - each package should have 15 tarts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small skillet, heat olive oil. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add minced onions and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add thawed spinach (make sure to wring out all excess water!) to skillet and stir well to break up any large pieces of spinach.
- Add feta, cream cheese, egg, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir well until mixture is well combined.
- On a baking sheet, add mini phyllo cups. Add a heaping tablespoon of mixture into each tart.
- Place in oven and bake for 10 -12 minutes, until mixture is heated through. Serve immediately.
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Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook says
I’ll be standing right by this platter the entire party!
This is everything my mom and I love in one! We adore spanakopita 🙂
Cynthia Landrie says
What a perfect appetizer. I love to have little bite sized goodies like this all year round.
I absolutely love, love, love this appetizer. I’d go back for seconds or thirds.
Yum! These are so close to what I made for my work’s Christmas party. I love anything that has spinach and cheese paired together!! 🙂 And those little pre-made tart shells are a LIFESAVER!
Run DMT says
I love this idea! Spanakopita is one of my favorite Greek dishes. Pinning this!
Meg Taylor says
Oh wow, yum! These look so good! We do tons of appetizers on Christmas Eve, so this would be a perfect addition.
Spanikopita is one of my favorites. I have never had them in cups though. Nice.
It makes them so much easier to prepare – though I ate more too. Haha. They’re so flavorful!
[email protected]'s Kitchen Adventures says
These easy little bites are calling my name! what an easy and tasty appetizer idea!
They’re perfect in a pinch, and so so good (#notbiased)! Thanks, Renee 🙂
These look perfect to me! No messing with filo dough with delicious results!
Exactly! I love the light texture of phyllo dough, but it is a fuss to deal with!
Sam @ PancakeWarriors says
I would be happy to be served these amazing little spanakopita bites for the holidays. The first restaurant I worked at had spankopita on the menu and it was always a hit! The spinach and feta combination is one of my favorites! Pinning!
Thanks, Sam! Gah, I would probably have had to order Spanakopita everyday if I worked there 🙂
Pammie Bussey says
Thanks for this recipe, can’t wait to make Christmas Eve!