What can you do with all that zucchini?

On Sunday night, our friends Jody and Mark hosted us at their home for a barbecue. It was a welcome break to our hectic week. Matt’s flight home from Philadelphia had just landed that morning, and he had another going out to Tucson that night. We mixed orange mojitos to ease the transition for all of us.

We had planned on bringing a side dish to use up our zucchini. Only we couldn’t quite decide what to make. But then Liz from The Kitchen Pantry Scientist offered up her leftover Phyllo dough from her dinner party the night before. And so we adapted her zucchini tart recipe to make a sort of Spanakopita. Because you can’t go wrong with cheese.

(Apparently I needed the mojito. I accidentally used basil instead of spearmint and leeks instead of onions, neither of which I realized until Catharine and Jilene from Be Put Together pointed it out. Long week.)

Zucchini Spanakopita

  • 1 package thawed Phyllo pastry dough
  • 3 zucchini (and/or squash)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 15 ounces Ricotta cheese
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons dill
  • 4 tablespoons chopped calamata olives

Spread (or just use butter)

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 1 tablespoon thyme

Butter a 9×13 baking dish. Layer 4 strips of dough, and brush with butter or spread above.

Mix together onion, garlic, feta, Ricotta, eggs and dill in separate bowl.

Peel zucchini, thinly slice and layer in baking dish. Cover with cheese mixture. Slice olives and set on top.

Cover with 4 more strips of Phyllo dough, brushing top with butter or spread above.

Cook at 350 for 35 – 45 minutes, until dough browns and puffs up. Let sit for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

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11. August 2010 by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson
Categories: Food | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 7 comments

Comments (7)

  1. I love the idea of zucchini spanakopita, a great recipe for the season!

  2. Ah, basil for mint and leeks for onions sounds perfectly fine in this dish. I like how you lightened up the traditional spanakopita.

  3. …love the new format!!!…so easy to read!!!…hugs

  4. Love zucchini! I’ll have to try this recipe! Thanks!

  5. You’ve changed your layout since I was last here! It’s beautiful!

    I’m a fan of anything with zucchini so I want to try this ASAP!

  6. I always have tons of zucchini…lol…will definitely have to try this recipe. Thanks

  7. I absolutely agree. You cannot go wrong with this wonderful combo. Looks amazing. I am starving now. Thanks! xoxoxo

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