Athens Spanakopita Review

Athens Spanakopita Review
What is a sandwich? Is it always two slices of bread with a filling? Not in my book! A sandwich can also be a filling that is wrapped and is usually eaten by picking it up in one’s hand. A favorite sandwich that I order in Middle Eastern restaurants is spanakopita. Layers of flaky fillo dough surround a savory filling of spinach, cheese, and spices. What a toothsome delight! Unfortunately, they are also a bit pricy at three dollars for two spanakopita triangles, so it was with great excitement that I discovered Athens Spanakopita. They are as delicious as my restaurant favorite, but I can bake them at home for a lot less money.

Athens Spanakopita has a savory filling. It’s a nice balance of spinach and cheeses with a pleasing taste. There is a hint of dill and a slight brightness of lemon. This filling is wrapped into a fillo dough triangle. The baked fillo is flaky and crunchy without being greasy. The taste and texture of this product compares very favorably with the more expensive spanakopita that is served in restaurants.

Athens spanakopita couldn’t be easier to prepare. Place the spanakopita on a baking sheet and slide the sheet into a preheated 350 degree F. oven. Bake the spanakopita until they are golden brown. This takes about 25 minutes. You can line the baking sheet with foil or parchment paper, if desired. Complete directions are on the back of the box.

Two Athens Spanakopita triangles are 140 calories. They have 4 grams of protein, 15 grams of carbohydrate, and 7 grams of fat. While these are not health food, they can easily be worked into most food plans. Spanakopita can be a wonderful part of a sandwich meal.

Athens Spanakopita comes in packages of 12 triangles. They are about seven dollars per package. If you have access to a Costco warehouse, they have monster packages of 48 spanakopita, divided into four packages of 12 triangles. The cost in early 2016 is just under $15. It’s quite a deal, especially if you want to make a special treat for a buffet. As part of a buffet or a sandwich meal, these little triangles will be a hit with family and friends.

One meal that just screams for spanakopita is lentil soup and salad. Use your favorite lentil soup recipe or for an easy meal, use a canned lentil soup. Amy’s Organic and Progresso both make acceptable canned lentil soups. Add a fresh green salad with spring greens. Mix in chopped veggies of your choice. Cucumbers and tomatoes are always a favorite. You can dress the fresh greens with muffaletta olive salad and a ranch dressing.

For a lighter meal, complement the spanakopita with tea and a fruit salad. Use your favorite fresh or canned fruits for the salad. I like pineapple, kiwi, strawberries, melon, and Mandarin oranges. Serve 3-4 spanakopita with raspberry tea to complete the meal.

Our family enjoys Athens Spanakopita. For taste, ease of use, and cost, I give these little cheese and spinach stuffed fillo sandwiches a definite recommendation. Enjoy your sandwiches!

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