Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Love At First Bite- Riol96
Great Cuisine on Etsy

3 triangles of Spanikopita with Greek Salad

Food may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Etsy, but that is about to change! The number and variety of Etsy food sellers and delectible dishes you can get delivered right to your door is steadily growing, and searching the Plants and Edibles section yields a plethora of yummy handmade items both sweet and savory.

A lover of really good food from many cultures, I just happened to be doing a treasury one day and as I was searching through all the food items offered for sale I came across a shop selling Spanikopita. For those of you who have no idea what that is it is an authentic Greek delicacy often served in the finest Greek restaurants; like a savory spinache and cheese turnover or pie, but the crust is made from phyllo dough, a very light and flaky material that looks like thin rice paper and gets nice and crispy when heated.

Alma Karassavidas, the shop owner living in New York makes these delicious treats with an old family recipe handed down by her husband's great Grandmother who lived in Greece.

Alma guarantees in her listing that this will be the best you've ever tasted, and boy was she ever right! When I opened the box the aroma told me that these were going to be top notch! What you'll get rivals that served in some of the best authentic Greek restaurants.

They are made to order, take about a day to complete, and then ship Priority Mail.

Currently she is listing them as she goes, but if you want a larger order you can convo her and have her do a custom order for a larger quantity. I ordered 24 so they'd last me awhile. I knew that a dozen would be gobbled down fast. I put half of them in the refrigerator and the other half in the freezer.

To reheat;

Thaw the pieces to room temperature before baking

Brush tops with butter if desired.

Do not microwave, as the phyllo dough will become soggy in microwave.

Bake it at low temp 325-350 until heated through (10-15 minutes)

Pies can be stored frozen in an airtight container for 2-3 months if needed.

As you can see in the photo above I ate 3 pieces for lunch today already. They were so good I didn't want lunchtime to end, but there is always dinner tonight, LOL.

I highly recommend this seller and her delicious Spanikopita. It would be great for a wedding or party, or food for you or your family even without a special occasion. She just happens to have some waiting for you;

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