Ground Beef Skillet Spanakopita Remix

I could apologize for not giving you a completely new recipe today but I think that I am also gifting you with something delicious that is easy so I’m not that sorry.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Chiplet is 20 Months Old!

My last update felt a bit harsh on the Chiplet. Maybe it wasn’t, but I want to make sure I offer up all of the good things he can do now, too, besides the not awesome (sleep, throwing food, etc.).

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Tips-y Tuesdays: More Grilling Tips

Once the weather starts getting warmer…actually, no, that’s not true. Once it starts getting more consistently sunny. Or warmer. Or both. I don’t really care, I just get the grilling itch. I really don’t understand why I like it so much. It is a similar amount of work to cooking inside, but for some reason I find it enjoyable.

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Friday Favorites 32

Today’s links are all recipes I have made versions of and I am still interested in these because of the reasons I list below.

The Fudgelet has grown in so many ways over this school year! Stay tuned for more about him next month when I write about his next birthday.

The Chiplet is really into snuggling his monkey stuffed animal. He gets to have him in his bed, and requests him other times, too.

  1. After seeing cashew butter/cream as a dairy replacement for lots of recipes, I need to get my hands on some cashews and make some recipes like this popsicle one.
  2. This recipe is not exactly new to me. My mother-in-law makes a version of this tomato and egg dish and we never quite match her quality. We don’t usually see it on Chinese restaurant menus but it is good and perfect at any meal of the day.
  3. Chocolate muffins are on my blog and I like the ones on here, but I am always interested in chocolate recipes, so I am interested in this other recipe for them.
  4. Again, this is another recipe that I have made a version of but I would like to try this seasoning combination for rotisserie-style chicken.
  5. Obviously I have made many chocolate cakes before, and this isn’t one specific recipe but a collection of ones I would like to try.

Mixed Bag Mondays: Warm Weather Baking

There is no common theme today. Sorry. I feel like I haven’t been this tired in a long while. Basically, the Chiplet has been continuing to wake up at night, but coupling it with not great naps and waking up super early. It’s been fun. So, my brain is pretty fuzzy. But, I have still been cooking and baking a bunch, so here are some results of those efforts.

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Chicken Spanakopita Skillet Recipe

When I first planned to make this, I got to make the discovery that my main grocery store no longer carries phyllo dough. Just phyllo tart shells. Not super helpful for most times I want phyllo dough. What to do? Well…let’s start with how it is supposed to look.

This was made with some help from my sous chef.

He insisted on helping to make it, and since most of it is a stove recipe I recruited him for the phyllo dough. He did pretty well, especially since he hasn’t been helping as much recently (he helps by entertaining the Chiplet and keeping him out of trouble when I cook).

Now back to the first time I made this. I used the tarts because it’s all I had. I crumbled them into pieces, then drizzled some melted butter on top before baking.

Not quite as good since there wasn’t as much phyllo from the shells, but it was delicious enough that we remade it multiple times after finding phyllo dough from a different store. Yay!

Oh, and please don’t forget the dill. It really adds something special to the dish.

Directions for Chicken Spanakopita Skillet Recipe

Adapted from Serious Eats

  • 16 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • 8 Tablespoons butter, divided (I used a butter alternative), with possibly more
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chopped into 1/2-inch chunks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1.5 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half (I used almond milk)
  • 6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 6 to 8 sheets phyllo dough, thawed and covered with a towel

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

In a large cast iron skillet or in a Dutch oven (what I used), heat a tablespoon of the butter and cook the spinach in batches, allowing each batch to wilt, then removing to a colander. Drain and press out the excess water in the cooked spinach.

Melt 2 more tablespoons butter in the skillet. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then cook in the butter to lightly brown each side. Set the chicken aside.

Melt 2 more tablespoons butter and add the garlic, cooking for about 1-2 minutes until lightly golden. Then, add in the flour, whisking to make a paste. Whisk in the chicken broth.

Cook, whisking until the mixture thickens and can coat the back of a spoon. Whisk in the half-and-half.  Add the feta, green onions, and dill. Stir until the feta melts. Remove from the heat, stir in the chicken and spinach.

Melt the remaining butter. Take a sheet of phyllo dough and lay it on a work surface. Brush some of the butter on top, then scrunch it and place it on top of the skillet.

Continue with more sheets of phyllo until you cover the whole top. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until the top is golden and crispy.

Directions for Chicken Spanakopita Skillet Recipe (without pictures)

Adapted from Serious Eats

  • 16 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • 8 Tablespoons butter, divided (I used a butter alternative), with possibly more
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chopped into 1/2-inch chunks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1.5 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half (I used almond milk)
  • 6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 6 to 8 sheets phyllo dough, thawed and covered with a towel

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

In a large cast iron skillet or in a Dutch oven (what I used), heat a tablespoon of the butter and cook the spinach in batches, allowing each batch to wilt, then removing to a colander. Drain and press out the excess water in the cooked spinach.

Melt 2 more tablespoons butter in the skillet. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then cook in the butter to lightly brown each side. Set the chicken aside.

Melt 2 more tablespoons butter and add the garlic, cooking for about 1-2 minutes until lightly golden. Then, add in the flour, whisking to make a paste. Whisk in the chicken broth. Cook, whisking until the mixture thickens and can coat the back of a spoon. Whisk in the half-and-half.  Add the feta, green onions, and dill. Stir until the feta melts. Remove from the heat, stir in the chicken and spinach.

Melt the remaining butter. Take a sheet of phyllo dough and lay it on a work surface. Brush some of the butter on top, then scrunch it and place it on top of the skillet. Continue with more sheets of phyllo until you cover the whole top. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until the top is golden and crispy.

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Cinnamon Braided Brioche Bread

Are you tired of bread yet? I hope not. This is (maybe) the best bread I made with the brioche dough. We all loved it so much that I made it twice within a week. If you already have the dough ready, this is a super easy recipe. It’s a bit tricky to explain the braids, so look at the pictures, or also go back to my challah post where I did the same style of braids.

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