GMA: Mario Loi Named International Ambassador Of Gastronomy
Maria Loi never called herself a chef. She was a cook on Greek television and was recently named the International Ambassador of Gastronomy by the Chef’s Club of Greece. Good Morning American is a big fan of Maria Loi’s restaurant in New York City, Loi Authentic Greek Recipes.
Mario Loi Spanakopita Triangles Recipe
Today, Maria Loi cooked up some Spanakopita Triangles, which are homemade spinach pies. She has secrets to keeping them from getting too dry. They take about an hour to make and this recipe will serve over eight people. Here’s what you will need:
Mario Loi Spanakopita Triangles Ingredients:
- 4 10 ounce bags of spinach – remove stems and chop
- 12 ounces feta cheese – crumbled
- Large onion – pureed
- 1 bunch of dill – chopped
- 1 cup of olive oil
- 1 box of phyllo, Apollo #7 – thaw, cut into 3″ strips, brush with olive oil
- Plain Greek yogurt
Mario Loi Spanakopita Triangles Directions:
Take a large sauté pan and sweat the onions until they are translucent. Add in the spinach and cook until it is just wilted. This removes the extra moisture from the onions and spinach.
Next, remove the spinach/onions from the heat and drain. Place this in a bowl and combine with feta, dill and olive oil.
Take your pre-cut phyllo strips, you should get about five to six per sheet, and place a spoonful of the Greek yogurt and the spinach filling at the end of the strip. Fold like a flag and brush with more olive oil to seal. The Greek yogurt inside will keep the pies from getting too dry.
Place the pies on parchment paper on a sheet tray. Back until they are crispy, golden and serve with Greek yogurt for dipping.