Tiny Little Spanikopita Bites in the Air-Fryer

What is Spanikopita?

Spanikopita is a traditional Greek spinach pie made with a flaky phyllo dough and a lot of butter. I've come up with this quick and easy recipe using wonton wrappers and an air fryer to cut down on the calories, but not the taste. These tiny little Spanikopita Bites make for a fantastic light lunch or appetizer. They're perfect with a salad like this Antioxidant Rich Citrus Salad with Roasted Beets and Juniper. Pour a glass of chilled white wine and enjoy!

plate of spanikopita bites

How to Make Tiny Little Spanikopita Bites

At it's most basic, the filling for Spanikopita is made with spinach and feta cheese. In this recipe we make a filling with caramelized onions, fresh chopped dill, baby spinach, and crumbles of vegan feta cheese. I use olive oil to cook with and a vegan wonton wrapper, which eliminates all the butter.

Don't worry, even without the butter, this pastry pie is jammed with well-balanced flavor. The caramelized onions add richness, the dill adds freshness, the cheese adds salt and creaminess, and the spinach...well, the spinach is the vessel of green goodness that holds it all together.

What Vegan Cheese to Use

Find all of these options at Whole Foods, or your local health food market. I just love the Violife Feta because it has a creamy texture, slightly salty flavor, and is incredibly versatile. I usually have some of this in my fridge. The Miyokos is a little bit sharper because it is a cultured product. It has a wonderful bite to it, and is also creamy when baked. If you want a cleaner option, you can use dry packed tofu crumbled and tossed with a little kosher salt.

How to Fold the Wrappers for Spanikopita Bites

Watch this video here to see the process of making the Spanikopita Bites. Below is a detail of how to fold the wrappers. This is one of the beginning folds and is a great one to know because it can be used for dumplings and pastas as well.

with a little water on your finger, lightly wet the edges
place your filling in the middle
fold up opposite corners to touch at the top
Next, fold up one of the sides to touch the point at the top
Then, fold up the fourth side to touch the point at the top. Pinch.
press the seams to seal together
press the seams to seal together
finished!
you should have 4 corners with seams leading to the top

Can I make these Tiny Little Spanikopita Bites ahead of time?

You can make the spanikopita bites ahead of time and freeze them. They will have better results if cooked either right away after making or while still slightly frozen. The key to good spanikopita is about controlling moisture and so fully defrosting may make the dough soggy.

Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator overnight and re-cooked in the air fryer the following day for 8 minutes.

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Recipe

spanikopita appetizer bites on a plate

Tiny Little Spanikopita Bites in the Air-Fryer

Kajsa@TwistofVegan
To cut down on the calories, but not the taste, I've come up with this quick and easy recipe using wonton wrappers and an air fryer. Great for a light lunch or appetizer with a side salad and a glass of chilled white wine. See a video of how to make the recipe here.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Greek
Servings 20 bites

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Place a large saute pan or pot over medium-high heat.  (You need a large enough space for all of the spinach before it cooks down).  
  • Add the oil and the onion and cook, stirring frequently, for approximately 2 minutes until the onions start to turn a golden brown.
  • Next, add the chopped dill and salt and stir into the onions.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add all of the spinach.  You will be tempted to add water because the spinach will seem dry at first.  Remember that spinach contains high amounts of water and that water will release as you cook.
  • Cook, stirring continuously, for approximately 1 ½ mintues until the spinach is wilted but not mushy.  All of the onions should be mixed in evenly. 
  • Immediately drain into a colander and gently press out all excess water.  
  • Place in a shallow bowl and refrigerate to cool.
  • Once cool, wrap your spanikopita (photo instructions in blog)
  • Place a wrapper on your work surface and dampen the edges with water.
  • In the center of the wrapper, add 1 Tablespoon of filling.
  • Fold up opposite corners to connect at the top.
  • After the first two corners are folded up.  Fold up one side, and then the other, all connecting at the top.
  • Pinch the top and then pinch along the seams to seal closed (wet your fingers if necessary)
  • When you are done, you should have a pocket with 4 corners and 4 seams running towards the top peak
  • Set aside and continue until all of the filling mixture is used up.  Keep your spanikopita covered with a damp cloth while working.
  • Place in the air fryer and spritz with olive oil spray.  Cook on Air Fryer mode (390f) for 12 minutes.  
  • Remove gently and place on a platter.  Serve immediately

Video

Keyword Greek Food, Light Lunches, party foods, Spanikopita, vegan, Vegan Greek, vegan recipes, vegetarian
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