Sometimes you just need some good Greek food: gyros, pastitsio, and spanakopita. Aldi sells a gyro kit in its freezer section that is pretty good. The store also offers an array of rotating Special Buy international foods ranging from Indian to Thai, and, at times, Greek. My family tried the Journey to Greece Flavors of the World Spanakopita, and the pastry pieces quickly disappeared from the plate.
The spanakopita is sold in a box in the freezer section and is described as an “authentic Greek recipe with spinach and cheese in crispy phyllo pastry.” The box comes with 12 pieces of spanakopita, or six servings, and states these make a “great party appetizer.”
The pastries are kept frozen until ready to prepare. The box includes directions for baking the spanakopita for 18 to 20 minutes in a 400-degree oven, and it is specified that the pieces are not to be separated or broken apart prior to baking. The directions recommend letting the baked pastries stand for five minute before serving. They come out the oven hot!
The pastries bake up crisp, flaky, and golden brown. The pastry flakes almost melt in your mouth, and the cheesy spinach filling is satisfying. This makes a good side dish for dinner or a nice lunch all on its own, maybe with a garden salad.
It’s been a few years since I last attended a Greek festival, so I cannot speak to the Journey to Greece Flavors of the World Spanakopita’s authenticity. It does taste good, though. Recommended.