Week 6 in the 52 Week Challenge – Turkey Turnovers and Fake Spanikopita

See? I totally didn’t forget!

I will admit, however, that there are no pictures this time. Mainly because we were hungry, and I forgot. Oops.

Still, they were delicious, and a great way to use up leftovers. DH had done a dry rub on a turkey breast as a test for Thanksgiving and smoked it. We still had half of it left, and I had half a box of phyllo dough after making Baklava. So I made these, after reading something in Cooking Light about phyllo dough turnovers.

So here it is:

Turkey Turnovers / Fake Spanikopita

Ingredients (Turkey Turnover):

  • 1 c diced turkey (already cooked, or you can sautee it until cooked)
  • 1/4 c diced onion
  • 1/2 garlic clove, finely diced
  • olive oil
  • S&P
  • 1/4 c ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 box phyllo dough

Ingredients (Fake Spanikopita):

  • 1 c finely julienned spinach
  • 1/4 c diced onion
  • 1/2 garlic clove, finely diced
  • olive oil
  • S&P
  • 1/4 c feta cheese
  • 1/4 box phyllo dough


  1. In a skillet, caramelize onions in olive oil and garlic until golden brown and soft. If you are using cooked turkey, you add it in at the end to warm it. Otherwise, you will remove the onion and garlic and sautee the turkey. For the fake spanikopita, I cooked the onion and garlic for both dishes together, then pulled out half to put with the warmed turkey, and dumped the spinach in with the other half. Sautee the spinach until wilted and tender, then remove from heat.
  2. Mix feta into the spinach mixture, and ricotta into the turkey mixture.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchement paper.
  4. Take a sheet of phyllo, brush with olive oil or spray with Pam, cover with second peice of phyllo, repeat until you have a stack 3 phyllo sheets thick. Cut this in half lengthwise. Put 1 tablespoon of either mixture in the center of the end of the phyllo strip. Fold one corner over to make a triangle over your filling, then continue folding in a triangle to the end (Like a paper football). Place on your baking sheet seam side down and keep covered with a damp towel.
  5. Once you’ve made them all (mine made about 12) spray with Pam or brush tops with olive oil and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Let these cool for a few minutes. Trust me on this.


I hope that made sense. They were delicious, and using Pam was easy and cut down on calories. The olive oil was delicious though, and I did brush the tops with that when I put them in the oven.


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