Spinach Cheese Triangles

Spinach Cheese Triangles

I’ve been in an appetizer mood as New Year’s Eve approaches. I found myself searching cookbooks for fun new recipes. I love to eat appetizers, often preferring them to a regular meal, but if you search my blog, you’ll notice that I haven’t made many of them. I decided that needs to change and got started last night by making a new recipe that looked promising.

Spinach Cheese Triangles

This recipe didn’t disappoint. These spinach cheese triangles are fairly easy to make, and they have that traditional appetizer feel to them. They’re hot and cheesy, with great flavor from the roasted red pepper. Plus all the spinach in them makes them seem healthy (just ignore all of the melted butter you brush both inside and outside of these delightful little triangles).

Spinach Cheese Triangles

This was my first time working with phyllo dough and I definitely messed it up. Please learn from my mistakes. Thaw the dough in the refrigerator ahead of time. I expected it to be like puff pastry that just thawed quickly on the countertop. Imagine my surprise when I was greeted after work with a frozen roll of phyllo dough that showed no signs of quick thawing. Of course I was impatient and attempted to unroll it way too soon, resulting the mess you see above. Due to my torn phyllo sheets, the triangles themselves were sort of messy. Plus, at this point I was terribly impatient and made them way too big. But have confidence – despite all that, these tasted great and I would make them again. I’d recommend making these nice and small, and limiting the amount of filling you put inside. I think they’ll taste better with a smaller amount of filling. Good luck! And remember – even if you mess them up, they are still worth making  :)

Spinach Cheese Triangles

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Spinach Cheese Triangles

Ingredients:

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 package (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained
1/3 cup chopped drained roasted red peppers
1/4 tsp garlic salt
6-8 sheets frozen phyllo, thawed
1/4 cup (half stick) melted butter

Directions:

Mix cream cheese, spinach, red peppers and garlic salt with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Lay 1 phyllo sheet on flat surface. Brush with some of the melted butter. Cut lengthwise into 4 (18 x 3 1/2 inch) strips. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of filling about 1 inch from one end of each strip. Fold the end over the filling at a 45-degree angle. Continue folding as you would fold a flag to form a triangle that encloses the filling. Repeat procedure with remaining phyllo sheets. Place triangles on cookie sheet and brush with melted butter. Bake at 375 for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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20 Responses to “Spinach Cheese Triangles”

  1. 1

    Jessica @ How Sweet — December 30, 2010 @ 3:22 am

    I'd eat veggies everyday if I could get them like this!

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking — December 30, 2010 @ 6:43 am

    spinach and cheese together cannot NOT be delicious! this would make a fantastic appetizer for new years, i'll keep it on my list!

  3. 3

    foodies at home — December 30, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    Oh My Goodness! I adore these things! I could just eat these babies all day every day! This recipe might have to be hidden from me!

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    Simply Life — December 30, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

    oh they look great! there are so many fun things you can do with phyllo dough!

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    Jackie Koll — December 30, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

    I think I will add this to my New Years Eve menu – I am making all new appetizers this year because I'm tired of our old ones ( we just used all of our favorites multiple times between two birthday parties, thanksgiving and Christmas!)

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — December 30, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    These look great! Thanks for the phylo tips, I would also have the same problem waiting for it to defrost!

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    Angela Pritchett — December 30, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

    Yum! I always appreciate when cooks share their trials and tribulations about working with a new ingredient or equipment. You obviously mastered the phyllo and made some great apps. Happy New Year!

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    TJ — December 30, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    Those look really yummy! And so easy to make. I think I'll need to stop by the store and add these ingredients to my shopping list! Have a WONDERFUL New Year's.

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    NikiTheo — December 30, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    They are like spanakotriopita (Greek spinach cheese pies)

    Another really good thing to remember is to keep the filo dough you aren't using covered with a towel so it doesn't dry out. You may not have had that problem since it was still thawing, but when it is completely thawed, it dries out fast.

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    Andrea the Kitchen Witch — December 30, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

    My Greek aunt used to make these for our New Years eve parties. Great memories!! I agree, apps are way delicious :) I think I'll add these babies to my NYE party planning, too!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 30, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

    NikiTheo – Thanks for the tip on not letting the dough thaw out! I'll keep that in mind for next time :)

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    Camille — December 30, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    It's like you're readying my mind! I have had some phyllo in the fridge for the past 3 days and I have no clue what to do with it! Awesome :)

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — December 30, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

    I really love appetizers! In fact, my family's Christmas Eve dinner consisted of a round of 'cold' appetizers and then a round of 'hot' appetizers for the main course. So good! These look delicious!

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    Jennifurla — December 30, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

    They still looks awesome, happy new year!

  15. 15

    StephenC — December 30, 2010 @ 5:55 pm

    I am a phylo dough virgin. I've vowed to challenge myself in 2011 and maybe phylo needs to go on the list.

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    ally — December 30, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

    These look great Megan! I can't wait to try these out.

    You may want to also experiment with using two sheets of phyllo together as you create these snacks as it can give better support to your filling. Thanks for sharing.

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    Emma — December 31, 2010 @ 1:56 am

    I love spinach and cheese pastries, I'd live on them if I could and these look delicious!

    I love phyllo but it does do my head in a bit, it's quite difficult to handle but so worth it.

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    Danielle — December 31, 2010 @ 2:59 am

    Yummy! I love spinach and cheese(: It's a great combination!

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    Spices Manufacturer Jaipur — December 31, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

    Wow, what a picture, i can guess how much delicious this food is..

    Nice Receipe.. I will do it.

    Delicious, You guys are rocking.

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    Medifast Coupon — January 2, 2011 @ 11:38 pm

    Spinach and cheese go together in many dishes but these triangles make great appetizers.

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