One among my favourite varieties of dinner is snack-feast dinner. My boyfriend and I’ll make two or three piles of various small snacks. The lineup would possibly embody gyoza, baba ganoush and bread, or mini meatball and lettuce wraps. The purpose is to have small bites (and plenty of ‘em) with nice taste, and medium to gentle prep work. That’s why we’re blissful to announce a brand new member of our snack-feast household: air fryer spanakopita triangles.
If you happen to take pleasure in basic spanakopita, otherwise you’re a spinach fan, these flaky pockets are simply definitely worth the medium effort. (I say “medium” as a result of making them is a bit extra concerned than steaming frozen dumplings.) Spanakopita is a spinach pie, made with layers upon layers of phyllo dough encasing a thick, flavorful portion of cooked spinach, feta cheese, and herbs. The phyllo layers are brushed with butter or oil and bake up browned, crisp, delicate and flaky. It’s a pleasant distinction to the herby, tacky middle.
Spanakopita is commonly ready as one massive, casserole-esque pie. It’s spectacular, however can take an hour to bake due to its measurement. The backside can get soggy if the spinach combination is just too moist, resulting in a browned high and undercooked inside, and the general ratio of filling to crust can find yourself filling-heavy and stodgy. Taking this meal to the air fryer in mini-snack-triangle type eliminates these pitfalls. They solely take about 10 minutes to bake, the filling to flaky crust ratio is balanced, and since there’s no pan blocking the underside, the whipping winds of the air fryer can entry all sides of the scrumptious spinach pocket, leading to crispy perfection.
The one difficult half is the triangle folding sample, which, frankly, you may throw out the window, and make squares as a substitute. Strive each, and use whichever geometric form works greatest for you. For the spinach filling, you can use any recipe you’re a fan of, however I want a cooked filling, to drive off the spinach water earlier than you do any folding. (If you happen to determine to make use of a filling that you just don’t prepare dinner first, make sure to thaw and squeeze-drain your frozen spinach.)
As soon as cooked, set the filling apart in a bowl to chill and put together the crust layer. Soften the butter in a measuring cup and stir within the olive oil. I like utilizing each fat; the butter has wonderful taste and browning talents, however the oil stretches it properly for brushing.
Lay out one sheet of thawed phyllo dough in your work floor. Brush a skinny layer of fats alongside half the sheet lengthwise, not horizontally. You’ll be folding up a slim strip ultimately. Put a heaping spoonful of spinach filling on the underside finish, and fold the “nude” half of the dough over the buttered facet, and over the spinach mound. Brush this new facet of the pastry strip with one other skinny layer of fats. The purpose is to create alternating fats and pastry layers. From right here you may fold it time and again, to make a sq. form, or come alongside for the triangle experience. Both approach, it will likely be deliciously flaky.
To make the triangle, fold one nook of the spinach finish over to the other nook right into a triangle form. Proceed to fold and roll the spinach-filled portion in dough, alternating instructions to maintain the triangle form. The triangle will preserve shifting alongside 4 completely different instructions till you attain the tip. When you get the dangle of it, it’s somewhat speedy.
Once more, sq. pockets are at all times there for you and are equally fabulous, so don’t stress if the triangle eludes you. Frivolously brush either side of the pockets with the butter-oil combination and lay them in a single layer on the rack of your air fryer. Bake them on the “air fry” setting at 350°F for about 10 minutes, however verify on them after seven minutes to see how they’re coming alongside.
The next recipe makes use of a easy spanakopita filling and makes about 12 triangle pockets. These are greatest eaten recent since phyllo dough is simply crispy for just a few hours earlier than the layers begin to lose their snap. If you happen to insist on leftovers, retailer them, coated, within the fridge and revive the spanakopita pockets within the air fryer on the similar settings for about three minutes.
Air Fryer Spanakopita Pockets
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- ½ medium onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 2 ½ cups frozen cut-leaf spinach
- 2 stalks scallion, chopped
- ¼ loosely packed dill sprigs, chopped
- ⅓ cup crumbled feta
- 12 sheets of phyllo dough, thawed
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
On a burner set to medium-low, warmth the olive oil, onion, and garlic in a medium pot till they turn into translucent, however not brown. Add the salt and spinach. Stir and canopy the pot with a lid for a couple of minutes to assist break up any thick clumps of frozen spinach. Take the lid off and stir till the spinach is heated by way of and practically all the water on the underside of the pot has evaporated. Flip off the warmth and let the combination cool for five to 10 minutes. Stir within the scallions, dill, and feta. Put aside.
Stir the butter and olive oil collectively in a measuring cup. Place one sheet of phyllo dough on the work floor. Utilizing a pastry brush, apply a really skinny layer of the butter-oil combination to at least one half of the pastry, lengthwise. Scoop a spoonful of the spinach combination onto the underside finish of the facet with butter.
Fold the unbuttered facet up and over the filling, and press into the buttered facet. Brush one other skinny layer of fats alongside this facet of the pastry. Fold the spinach-filled portion over to type a triangle or a sq.. Fold it once more alongside the following edge to proceed the form till you attain the tip of the pastry strip. Repeat this till you’ve used all the filling and phyllo sheets.
Preheat the air fryer to 350°F on the “air fry” setting. Relying on what number of pockets you get, you’ll seemingly should bake these in two installments. I received 12 and so they match neatly in two batches of six. Frivolously brush either side of the spinach pockets with the remaining oil and butter combination earlier than setting them on the rack in your air fryer. Air fry for 7-10 minutes, or till golden brown. Serve sizzling.