Grits Spanakopita

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
Southern and Greek flavors come together into savory bite-size Grits Spanakopita.

Yield:

Makes 4 dozen

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 8 Hours, 50 Minutes

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

Preparation

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.

Note:

December 2012