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Trader Joe's Spanakopita -- fabulous!

alkapal Dec 12, 2008 05:24 AM

i have a dilemma.

if i tell you about this delicious product, you'll buy so much you'll deplete (my) supplies at the store.

if i don't tell you, trader joe's will (famously) discontinue the product. oh, and if i don't tell you, you'll not have the pleasure of munching on perfect** spanakopita, or serving it to guests at your renowned holiday parties.

so.... go get it. just leave me one or two packages in the tj's freezer section, if you will, please.

** perfectly seasoned, perfect flaky crust, perfect size, perfect texture of filling, perfect ratio of feta cheese and onion to spinach. (but, be sure you cook it till nicely golden brown, even if it seems it is taking too long at the temperature prescribed.)

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  1. rockandroller1 RE: alkapal Dec 12, 2008 10:24 AM

    To each his own. I've had it and thought it was pretty bad, but I'm Greek and have high standards for this particular item. It seemed about the same as other brands I've bought elsewhere. I guess there's just nothing like homemade for some things.

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      alkapal RE: rockandroller1 Dec 12, 2008 05:01 PM

      i have had many, many home-made versions by my many greek friends. while i'm not greek myself, i think my standards are high, too. so....to each his own, as you say.

    2. alkapal RE: alkapal Dec 12, 2008 05:03 PM

      i'm not talking about the "spinach pie", which is the one large "pie" in phyllo. i'm talking about the 2-bite triangles -- 12 to a pack.

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        bu dat RE: alkapal Dec 13, 2008 09:53 AM

        these are average at best and certainly not outstanding. i will eat them if someone makes them, but wouldn't buy them myself. again - to each his own. we all like different things.

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        gloriousfood RE: alkapal Dec 13, 2008 02:05 PM

        This is funny--I just finished the last piece of it last week that had been sitting around in our freezer. Didn't think they were anything special and wouldn't buy them again. Oh well, to each her own, as has been said.

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          alkapal RE: gloriousfood Dec 14, 2008 03:50 AM

          " had been sitting around in our freezer"

          you didn't cook them all (12) at the same time? the whole little tray just goes in the oven. how long had it been sitting in your freezer?

        2. alkapal RE: alkapal Dec 14, 2008 03:54 AM

          well, maybe i got the freak batch!

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            viperlush RE: alkapal Dec 14, 2008 10:36 AM

            I'm with you. They are quite tasty for what they are. And they do taste a lot better if you cook them longer until gold brown. Not as good as home made, but with no intentions to make my own and without a local source, they will do.

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              givemecarbs RE: alkapal Dec 14, 2008 01:56 PM

              Heading out to TJ's tonight to pick up some alkapal. This is so not the time of year for me to be trying to learn how to make em from scratch. Hmm. If I take the leftovers for lunch tomorrow maybe I won't embarass myself on the lunch thread. Should I continue the old thread or hope someone starts a new one on monday? I loved hearing about all those amazing lunches.

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                givemecarbs RE: alkapal Dec 16, 2008 03:50 AM

                Tried them alkapal and they are really good. You are right, you do have to cook them quite a bit longer than the TJs instructions call for, Im still a TJ noob but I had to do that with their biscuits too. Thanks for posting this, for the amount of effort involved (zilch) they are very satisfying.

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