Easy Spanakopita Bites

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Easy Spanakopita Bites come together in minutes and are full of spinach and feta cheese. Absolutely delicious and perfect for parties!

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

As I mentioned last week, baby and bridal shower season is finally upon us! Of course, babies are born and brides are wed throughout the year, but it always feels like the spring and summertime are especially packed with fun get-togethers celebrating the two, which is fine by me. The only thing I love more than weddings is wiggling babies!

Speaking of, I’m convinced this little boy inside of me is half human, half roly poly. He is a tap dancing, wiggle monster from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed…which is usually late because he’s keeping me up rolling, kicking, and poking around. It’s so cute. : )

Anyways, in addition to the elegant Cucumber Burrata Sandwhiches I shared last week, these easy Spanakopita Bites are, well, easy and perfect to serve at a baby or bridal shower, where finger foods rule.

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

Pre-made, mini frozen phyllo dough shells are filled with an addictingly-delicious combo of chopped spinach, feta cheese, sauteed onions and garlic, and fresh parsley. They take about 15 minutes to assemble, 15 minutes to bake and can be served hot or at room temperature. Amaze.

Regular spanakopita is made by layering paper-thin sheets of phyllo dough on top of the spinach mixture, or rolling them with the filling into triangles. Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing, but also time consuming, which is why I’m in love with these pre-made frozen phyllo shells that you can buy right in the frozen foods aisle. They’re crispy, flaky and replicate the taste and texture of spanakopita without all the work – whee!

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

Crispy, creamy, chewy, and cheesy, these babies are PERFECT party food!

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

Start the Easy Spanakopita Bites with 10oz frozen > thawed > squeezed dry spinach. 

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

Crumble the spinach into a large bowl.

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

Next, heat 1 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium heat then add 1 small chopped onion, season with salt and pepper, then saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add 2 minced garlic cloves then saute for 30 more seconds.

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

Let the onion and garlic mixture cool slightly then add to the crumbled spinach.

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

In goes 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley next, plus a pinch of ground nutmeg. Just a pinch!

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

Finally add 1 whisked egg and 6oz crumbled feta cheese. 

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

Stir everything together until combined

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

K – onto those phyllo (or fillo) dough shells! Like I said, you can find these in the frozen foods aisle next to the pie shells, etc. You’ll need 2 packages for this recipe, which is 30 mini cups.

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

Place the cups onto 2 baking sheets then fill with the spinach mixture and bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the edges are golden brown. Note: the package will say to bake for 3-5 minutes, but you’ll be fine baking them for longer.

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

Serve the Spanakopita Bites piping hot, warm, or at room temperature, and with plenty of people around. They are so addicting!

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

Spanakopita Bites

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Ingredients:
30 frozen phyllo cups (2-15 count packages)
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt & pepper
10oz frozen spinach, thawed then squeezed dry
6oz crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
pinch ground nutmeg
1 egg, whisked

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees then place phyllo cups on 2 baking sheets and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, season with salt and pepper, then saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 30 more seconds then transfer mixture to a large bowl and cool slightly. Add spinach, feta cheese, parsley, nutmeg, and egg then stir to combine. Spoon mixture into phyllo cups then bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cups are golden brown around the edges. Serve hot or at room temperature. 

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

Make these even quicker by preparing the filling a day ahead of time then baking right before the party. Enjoy!

Easy Spanakopita Bites. Great for baby or bridal showers! | iowagirleats.com

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Comments

  1. Brilliant idea to turn these into little phyllo cup bites! I love spanakopita!!

  2. Tieghan 04.17.2013

    Yum! Love these and love that there is NO rolling involved!

  3. Melissa 04.17.2013

    Pinned it! I’m always looking for party appetizers (other than chips, salsas, dips, etc.) that can be served at room temperature and these are perfect! Can’t wait to try!

  4. I bet it the most amazing feeling to have that little guy roll around in there! These little cups are so cute an so perfect for a girl get together!

  5. Lauren 04.17.2013

    LOVE Spanakopita but I haven’t had it in so long. I always picture it as a great party app and these bites are just perfect for that!

  6. Julia Jolliff 04.17.2013

    I love bite sized food–these are prefect for a shower!

  7. Masha 04.17.2013

    YUMMMZZ!! I love spankopitas. These are so cute and precious! I probably would gobble up 50 in one sitting. I love your potluck ideas!! I can’t wait for our next potluck at work so I can change up the game a little and bring something relatively healthy unlike the usual chips and dips everyone brings!

  8. Ah I miss that special feeling you get when you feel your baby wiggle inside of you. It’s indescribable. Speaking of which my little one’s first birthday party is coming up and I was looking for some yummy finger food. This will be perfect!

  9. These are some of my favorite little bites at get togethers with friends, and I love your tasty twist on them!

  10. Oh yum! The hubs and I are HUGE spanikopita fans :) These look perfect for a party. I love using phyllo dough shells for appetizers – bite sized and easy (may TOO easy!) to eat!

  11. Aggie 04.17.2013

    Oh you would have to tear me away from these, love them!! What a fun appy to bring to a party.

  12. Jules 04.17.2013

    What a great, delish looking appetizer idea! I love spanakopita, but I am intimidated by phyllo so this seems perfect.

  13. These look delicious and oh so pretty! I might try them and add a bit of chopped up kale inside too.. love my greens!

  14. Lorie 04.17.2013

    Everything about this recipe is Beautiful and the pictures are Gorgeous!

  15. These are adorable!! Just the thing for a party! :)

  16. Sadye 04.17.2013

    Fellow DSM resident here — which grocery store did you find the phyllo shells at? Definitely thinking of making these for the next potluck I’m at!

  17. Angela 04.17.2013

    These are fantastic. They were one of my late fiance’s favorite appetizers. I used to add a bit of finely minced red bell pepper to my share. He was the purist!

    Love your blog and recipes–

    Thanks for sharing your world with so many!

    :)

  18. Claire 04.17.2013

    What an amazing idea!!

    How about a baklava version for dessert? I’ll rely on you to come up with the recipe ;)

  19. Cat 04.17.2013

    Oh I LOVE this….but I will have to double the recipe for our next get together….my family will devour these in no time at all…we crave greek eats…thanks so much for this great idea.

  20. nancy 04.17.2013

    This one is yummy! And easy! But what I really want to say that if your little boy is jumping and hopping around now — that will hold true when he is born. Get ready, sweet pea, for some mind-blowing, drop-jaw and probably exhausting baby boy/toddler “handling”. My friend had all boys (4) and each pregnancy was just like yours — and those little boys really gave her a run for her money. Certainly not to give boys some bad rap – my second daughter was bumping around- under my ribs – hardly settling down for any time – and after she was born, was amazingly alert and progressed way past any chart. Walked at 7 months – ripped diapers off at 10 to go in the big girl potty – roared through babyhood like a bull in a china shop. I could hardly keep up. Good luck to you and that little boy-wonder (and Ben, of course, because he will have to keep up too). Enjoy every single moment, every bump and pull at your lower rib – remember this as I know you will because (so cliche) but it passes so quickly. I am thrilled for you and Ben.

  21. YUM yum YUM – I love Spanakopita and have made these before & we love them so much that a variation on this will be served as an appetizer at our wedding :-)

  22. i love mini phyllo shells! so good!

  23. Jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com 04.18.2013

    My Greek grandmother would be proud!

  24. Yum these look awesome!

    I don’t think they have those fill shells here in Australia yet which is a shame as they are a great idea and much healthier than the puff pastry ones they do sell.

  25. [...] I want someone to have a party just so I can make these cute, little spanakopita bites. [...]

  26. Dee 04.21.2013

    Delicious. You can do it with baklava as well but you have to serve the baklava ones warm as once they cool the honey mixture gets hard as a rock. But warm they are fantastic.

    Cinco de Mayo and Greek Easter fall on the same day, serve these with some enchiladas and you are good. lol

  27. Becky 04.22.2013

    Love how easy these are to prepare! Adding bacon to mine next time!

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  29. [...] Uncle Chris asked me to bring an appetizer.  In a recent Friday Favorites post, I linked to this recipe and said I knew what I was going to do with the extra Athens phyllo dough just hanging out in my [...]

  30. Sadye 06.05.2013

    These were delish and easy to eat, and even easier to prepare (once I tracked down the phyllo shells!). As a bonus, I tossed the leftover filling into a base recipe for savory muffins, and it’s perfect that way!

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  32. Jane Patsakos 12.04.2013

    Thank you for the fine recipe. I have altered it to fit a bit more with Greek taste. I did not use salt and pepper, but instead put 1/4 tsp dill and 1/8 tsp white pepper. I left out the nutmeg. As done traditionally, I fried the parsley and green onion (one stalk) in one TBSP butter (not olive oil) before mixing in with the spinach. They were scrumptious.

  33. […] the frozen puff pastry at the grocery store. They are AWESOME. I’ve used them before to make Easy Spanakopita Bites, which are just as addicting as these Crab Rangoon […]

  34. Juliana 04.04.2014

    I can’t find these phyllo cups anywhere! If I made them myself, would I cook it all together or pre-bake the cups and cool and bake them again? They look so tasty…can’t wait to try them!

    • Kristin 04.08.2014

      You know what I’ve never cooked with straight phyllo dough before so I can’t be sure, but I’m positive the box would tell you what to do (bake with/without fillings, etc. and how long!)

  35. […] I saw my friend Kristin’s recipe this week for spanakopita bites, they reminded me that I still had a few leftover boxes of phyllo cups sitting in my freezer. […]

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