Prepare For Father's Day With Appetizers

Sunrise Senior Living  |  June 15, 2012

As Father's Day is this weekend, many people are holding big family gatherings so they can spend time with dear old dad. Many seniors across the country can expect visits from children and grandchildren, and it can be a great excuse to throw a party.

Although the majority of the meal could come from the barbecue, it's a good idea for big gatherings to feature appetizers so everyone can snack while they catch up with each other.

In addition to serving chips and dip, incorporating an interesting dish into the appetizer list can be a great way to show off your culinary skills. Sunrise of Schaumburg features a Spanakopita recipe that is not only easy to make, but will make it look like you spent a lot of time preparing it. The recipe also features a good serving of spinach, which is known for being nutrient-rich.

Aisha's Spanakopita
Prep Time: 30
Cook Time: 30 minutes to 40 minutes

3 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds spinach, rinsed and chopped
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup crumbled tomato herb feta cheese
8 sheets phyllo dough
1/4 cup olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly oil a 9x9 inch square baking pan. Heat 3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion, green onions and garlic until soft and lightly browned. Stir in spinach, and continue to sauté until spinach is limp, about 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and add the parmesan and feta cheese. Stir until fully combined.

Lay 1 sheet of phyllo dough in prepared baking pan, and brush lightly with olive oil. Lay another sheet of phyllo dough on top, brush with olive oil, and repeat process with two more sheets of phyllo ( the sheets will overlap the pan ). Spread spinach and cheese mixture into pan and fold overhanging dough over filling. Brush with oil, then layer remaining 4 sheets of phyllo dough, brushing each with oil individually. Tuck overhanging dough into pan to seal filling.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden brown. Cut into squares and serve while hot.