Air Fryer Spanakopita Bites

Looking for a creative and healthy snack? Look no further! These super-crunchy spanakopita bites! are both savory and healthy.

These tasty Greek phyllo pastries are filled with spinach and salty cheeses with just a little hit of lemon and heat. Classic spanakopita calls for brushing the phyllo with butter; this version calls for olive oil, which adds even more Greek flavor. Filled with nutrient-rich spinach, these crispy treats make an excellent party dish or appetizer. And do not worry you don't need to be Greek to enjoy these delicious recipe, however you may become a Greek food lover after trying this traditional recipe.

Despite their complicated appearance and contrary to what you may think, this is one of the easiest recipes that you'll make in the air fryer. They're perfect to bring for your next party and also make for a great lunch for the kids.

CategoryDifficultyIntermediate

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Yields8 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time45 mins
 10 oz baby spinach leaves
 2 tbsp water
 ¼ cup 1% low-fat cottage cheese
 1 oz feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/4 cup)
 2 tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese
 1 large egg white
 1 tsp lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
 1 tsp dried oregano
 ¼ tsp black pepper
 ¼ tsp kosher salt
  tsp cayenne pepper
 4 (13- x 18-inch) sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
 1 tbsp olive oil
 Cooking spray
1

Place spinach and water in a large pot; cook over high, stirring often, until wilted, 5 minutes. Drain spinach; cool about 10 minutes. Press firmly with a paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible.

2

Stir together spinach, cottage cheese, feta cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg white, zest, oregano, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper in medium bowl until well blended.

3

Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface. Brush lightly with oil using a pastry brush. Top with a second sheet of phyllo; brush with oil. Continue layering to form a stack of 4 oiled sheets. Working from the long side, cut the stack of phyllo sheets into 8 (2 1/4-inch wide) strips. Cut the strips in half, crosswise, to form 16 (2 1/4-inch wide) strips. Spoon about 1 tablespoon filling onto 1 short end of each strip. Fold one corner over the filling to create a triangle; continue folding back and forth to the end of the strip, creating a triangle-shaped phyllo packet.

4

Lightly coat air fryer basket with cooking spray. Place 8 packets, seam side down, in the basket; lightly spray the tops. Cook at 375°F until phyllo is deep golden brown and crispy, 12 minutes, turning packets over halfway through cooking. Repeat with remaining phyllo packets. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Ingredients

 10 oz baby spinach leaves
 2 tbsp water
 ¼ cup 1% low-fat cottage cheese
 1 oz feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/4 cup)
 2 tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese
 1 large egg white
 1 tsp lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
 1 tsp dried oregano
 ¼ tsp black pepper
 ¼ tsp kosher salt
  tsp cayenne pepper
 4 (13- x 18-inch) sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
 1 tbsp olive oil
 Cooking spray

Directions

1

Place spinach and water in a large pot; cook over high, stirring often, until wilted, 5 minutes. Drain spinach; cool about 10 minutes. Press firmly with a paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible.

2

Stir together spinach, cottage cheese, feta cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg white, zest, oregano, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper in medium bowl until well blended.

3

Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface. Brush lightly with oil using a pastry brush. Top with a second sheet of phyllo; brush with oil. Continue layering to form a stack of 4 oiled sheets. Working from the long side, cut the stack of phyllo sheets into 8 (2 1/4-inch wide) strips. Cut the strips in half, crosswise, to form 16 (2 1/4-inch wide) strips. Spoon about 1 tablespoon filling onto 1 short end of each strip. Fold one corner over the filling to create a triangle; continue folding back and forth to the end of the strip, creating a triangle-shaped phyllo packet.

4

Lightly coat air fryer basket with cooking spray. Place 8 packets, seam side down, in the basket; lightly spray the tops. Cook at 375°F until phyllo is deep golden brown and crispy, 12 minutes, turning packets over halfway through cooking. Repeat with remaining phyllo packets. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Air Fryer Spanakopita Bites