Spinach and Feta Christmas Tree

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Prep Time: 20 min.
Bake Time: 30-35 min.
Servings: 8-10
Difficulty: Beginner

A festive spinach and feta Christmas tree inspired by Greek Spanakopita!

Ingredients

13  Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature
12 ounces frozen chopped spinach
8 ounces feta
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1/3 cup basil, chopped
1/3 cup dill, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
zest of one lemon
salt and pepper, as desired
red pepper flakes, as desired
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
3 Tablespoons grated parmesan
1 Tablespoon garlic salt

Instructions

Combine 3 rolls together and roll out onto a sprayed surface to a 10×13 inch triangle. Repeat three more times to have 4 triangles. Cut the remaining roll into 4 pieces and roll each piece into a 3×3 inch rectangle. Put a trunk on each of the triangles and pinch to combine. Cover all of the trees with sprayed plastic wrap and let rest while preparing the filling.

On the stove top, using a large skillet with a lid thaw the spinach over medium heat with the lid on. When the spinach is thawed, strain using fine mesh and press the spinach with a spatula to remove as much moisture as possible, return to pan. Add the feta, parmesan, basil, dill, lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes. Return skillet to stove and heat on medium heat until the mixture is incorporated and the cheese is melted. Remove from heat.

Using both hands move the first christmas tree onto a sprayed baking sheet. Evenly distribute 1/3 of the spinach mixture over the dough. Place the second christmas tree over the first layer on the pan and press down. Repeat layering the spinach mixture with the dough, ending with dough on top. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with parmesan and garlic salt.

Begin shaping tree branches by making 1 inch apart down each side of the tree, leave one inch uncut down the middle of the tree. Make four cuts vertically on the trunk. Twist each branch downwards 2 1/2 times, curl up the top three branches on each side to emphasize the top of the tree. Twist the trunk pieces in opposite directions. Bake at 350 degrees F 2o minutes. Cover with tinfoil and bake another 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

COMMENTS
  • December 23, 2019

    That tree looks amazingly delicious

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    • Debbie from Rhodes
      December 23, 2019

      Fun, right? Thanks for letting us know that you liked that!

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  • K
    December 23, 2019

    It looks good to me except the trunk looks like a big foot. The ingredients sound like a really delicious concoction. Need to try it—-without the “foot”.

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    • Debbie from Rhodes
      December 24, 2019

      You are certainly welcome to change the shape of this Christmas Tree recipe. This is just how our creative team made it. I think it looks pretty spectacular!!

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      • Flora
        January 24, 2020

        I am a beginner. would like to make this. Is there a video available? I do well when I watch .

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        • Debbie from Rhodes
          January 27, 2020

          That is a great idea! I will pass that on to our creative department.

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