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Who Needs Feta? Spanakopita

What you need: 

1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound firm tofu, drained (I use silken, but I believe any texture would work)
1 tablespoon fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
1 (16 ounce) package vegan fresh or thawed frozen phyllo dough, divided
1/2 cup melted vegan margarine (I prefer Earth Balance)

What you do: 

1. Saute the onions in the olive oil over medium heat until tender and golden. Remove skillet from heat. Place tofu in a mixing bowl and crumble with a fork.
2. Add dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper, onions, and spinach. Stir thoroughly to combine. At this point I usually taste the seasonings and adjust until it is just right.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove 1/2 the phyllo dough from the package and cover the rest with plastic wrap and/or a damp towel to prevent it from drying out. Brush the bottom and sides of a 13X9" glass baking dish with the melted margarine.
4. Place 2 phyllo sheets in the dish and press in lightly. Lightly brush with margarine (make sure to get the edges) and top with 2 more sheets and continue repeating until you have used half of the package of phyllo dough.
5. Spread the spinach mixture in dish on top of the phyllo dough. Top with remaining phyllo dough in the same way as before, tucking or rolling in the excess edges when finished. Bake 45 minutes until golden and filling is hot. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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SO HOW'D IT GO?

oh yeah, dont forget to cook it after. I think i do them at 350 for 20 minutes until golden. you can make desserts too.....i used pie filling in them before. yum!

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hey secondbase.....phyllo is easy, and you can find it at a REGULAR grocery store! In my store its by the frozen desserts (sara lee pies, etc.....). bring it home and put it in the fridge. before using, let it thaw out on the counter for about an hour. when i make spinach triangles, I use 2 at a time (they are very thin). then fold both pieces in half long ways.  i spread a little oil or butter on them, add your ingredients, and then fold them up like you used to fold those paper footballs. i didnt read this recipe yet, but i bet it is similar. you can make the best food with phyllo.....you have to try it!

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oh my god, i want to try this. i am very inexperienced with using phyllo dough. i'm not even sure i know what it is or where i could find it.

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jenniferhughes: i just wanted to say that it is really good to see a food photograph that compliments the recipe and does it justice.  your choice of platter suits ideally the shape of the food you have photographed.  i like the fact that you can actually see the layers; it is not an 'aerial' view only showing the top surface.  the food looks truly edible. cheers!

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WOWSERS that looks nothing like what i remember spaniakopita looking like but boy does it look tastey! will def have to try this one. what, i'm thinking of something else. my bad.  >:(

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Wow, thanks! I will look for the puff pastry next time I go grocery shopping, and I will report back. Thanks for the help!!!

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This looks delicious and I would love to make it, however, I hate working with phyllo dough. Does anyone know of something I could replace it with? Thanks!!!

I use frozen premade puff pastry; or you can make your own if you have the patience and the counter space!

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I think actually you might be able to make the triangles, as the filling is rather stiff and forms well.... just make a little ball out of the fill and press between the triangle cut dough. In fact, I will try it that way as a Thanksgiving Day appetizer.

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This looks delicious and I would love to make it, however, I hate working with phyllo dough. Does anyone know of something I could replace it with? Thanks!!!

There are some vegan puff pastries (in the frozen food section of your local supermarket) that substitute pretty well for phyllo... Just cut into equal-sized strips, roll out and stack them.  This would work if you make the spanikopita in a log-form (like in the photo above), but I don't know if it would work if you try to make the traditional folded triangles.

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My 2 year old and I just ate the whole thing!
I would say it would even be delicious with something like layers of crushed saltines mixed with margarine if you don't want to do phyllo... ?

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