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Beggar's Purses With Spinach


These phyllo dough appetizers have a tasty spinach and feta filling.


  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 4 ounces melted butter, divided
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped mushrooms
  • dash ground cayenne pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 package phyllo dough, thawed


Sauté onion in 1 tablespoon melted butter. Add spinach, mushrooms, cayenne pepper, and salt. Remove from heat. Add cream cheese and feta cheese. Unroll phyllo dough. Stack 3 sheets of dough on work surface. Keep remaining sheets covered with a damp cloth. Cut the stacked 3 sheets of dough into 12 squares. Working quickly, place a heaping half-teaspoon spinach and cheese mixture on each phyllo square. Fold up edges around spinach mixture and pinch to make a purse-like bundle. Place on a greased cookie sheet; cover with a damp cloth until ready to bake. Continue until all of filling has been used. Before baking, drizzle melted butter over purses. Bake at 400° for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned.
Makes about 3 dozen appetizers.

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