Thursday, May 9, 2013

Because a Million People Can't be Wrong...Spanakopita Crescent Rolls

My good friend Mary, from...

...has reached a milestone on her blog.

She has had over a million views, I know, right?!?!... and the ladies from Inspiration Cafe figured, well, a million people can't be wrong!  So we decided to see for ourselves what Mary's got that makes her so special, and show you all.  And trust me, girl has got it going on!

I decided to make her Spanakopita Crescent Rolls and they were so good.  These have been on my list of things Mary makes that I want to make since...well, she made them the first time.  They did not disappoint.  Of course, I have the attention span of a gnat sometimes...especially when it comes to reading recipes, and so I deviated, just slightly from Mary's recipe. 

I didn't remember to defrost my frozen spinach before hand, so I unwrapped it and defrosted it in the microwave for a few minutes.  Maybe 2 minutes, not enough to make it mushy, but enough so it was no longer frozen.  Then I squeezed the heck out of it.  You want to get as much moisture out as you can, probably so you don't have soggy crescent dough.

Mary says to saute your onions and garlic and then put your spinach in and mix it up a bit.  Well, I mixed the spinach in with the feta and dill.  But it worked out fine.  I just poured my onions and garlic into the feta and spinach and stirred it up good.  You add 1 Tbl. of lemon juice according to Mary, I just squeezed some in.  I like cooking more when I can cook on the fly.  It tasted amazing.  I don't know how much dill or lemon juice I put in, but, as every single crescent was devoured, it was just fine.

Clearly I just had wonky crescent rolls...otherwise they wouldn't have looked so weird.  Luckily the recipe is basically fool proof.  I proved it here.  Mine don't look nearly as pretty as hers, but I am guessing they tasted just as good.  With a little pushing and pulling and finagling of the dough, I got a nice seal around my filling and they cooked up real sweet.

So, if you're looking for something a little different to feed your family, give these a try.  They were easy and fun and a real husband-pleaser.  He even took the couple that were left over to lunch the next day.  They are pleasantly salty from the feta, with the tangy kick of lemon and the bite of dill.  And they meld so nicely in the flaky crescent dough.  I am thinking these as a side dish with some chicken kebabs and a cucumber salad, would be the perfect summer dinner.

Thanks Mary for the inspiration and wonderful recipes and ideas you come up with on a weekly basis, and thanks Mel, Danni and Nat for being in cahoots on this fun secret mission to expose even more people to Mary!

Remember to check out Sweet Little Bluebird for no-fail, great tasting recipes and fun crafts!  You won't be disappointed, I mean, a million people can't be wrong!

Please check out the other ladies of the IC's blogs, and see what Mary inspired them to make...

Thanks for reading!



  1. i love spanakopita! my grandma makes her own pastry leaves and there is never a piece left! over here, in greece, some people also add raisins. not my favorite, but it is a matter of taste.

  2. They look delish! Yum Mary has it going on :)

  3. Yummo!!! Your rolls turned out great Heather!!!

  4. Yummm! These look so yummy Heather! Nice to know you can just defrost the spinach in the micro! Mary is awesome...I could make a feast from her recipes! Nice knock-off!

  5. These look sooo delicious Heather! A million views is just incredible!

  6. You girls are so sweet and sneaky! But so sweet! I love that you made the Spanakopita Crescent Rolls! Your rolls look so good! I'm so glad you like them! I am just so touched...what a fun surprise! Love you IC girls are the best!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  7. These looks delicious!! How awesome for Mary and what sweet friends she has! ~ Amy

  8. This recipe is a very old one, as with all recipes that are tweeked.......just a hint for next need to micro the spinach....heres how. boil water in a measure cup, add frozen spinach....let sit while you are prepping other
    things. when ready to use, pour the water and spinach off in a fine mesh colander. take a fork, squeeze down on the spinach and voila! Easy. May i input also, pre made crescent rolls in a can type container found in the frozen food area of any store, is good. One can even use the large biscuit rolls for this. OK, so it taste like frozen type....
    Beat a small egg, brush on the dough before baking, and, sprinkle garlic sure adds flavor, and takes away
    that canned flavor of crescent or biscuit. Sel.

    1. Thanks for the tips! next time I make these I'll keep these in mind...because chances are I'll forget to defrost my spinach again. Like the egg wash and garlic powder sprinkle! Thanks for reading!

  9. That's a fun recipe, I wouldn't mind giving it a try.


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