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Grits Spanakopita

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 8 hrs, 50 mins
Yield

Makes 4 dozen

Southern and Greek flavors come together into savory bite-size Grits Spanakopita.

Ingredients

  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 cup uncooked regular grits
  • 2 (4-oz.) packages feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Vegetable cooking spray

How to Make It

  1. Thaw spinach; drain well, pressing between paper towels.

  2. Prepare grits according to package directions. Stir feta, next 5 ingredients, and spinach into grits. Add freshly ground pepper to taste.

  3. Stir together panko and next 2 ingredients; sprinkle half of mixture into a well greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Pour hot grits mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining panko mixture over grits. Cover and chill 8 hours.

  4. Invert chilled grits onto a cutting board; cut into 24 squares. Cut each diagonally into 2 triangles. Coat both sides well with cooking spray.

  5. Cook triangles, in batches, on a hot greased griddle or in a nonstick skillet over medium heat 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Place on a wire rack on a baking sheet, and keep warm in a 200° oven up to 30 minutes.