I used to live in Canberra, and I had a few days off work earlier this week so I decided to go spend a few days there. It was freezing but it was great to get to catch up with friends and spend some time with my relatives that live there. They are amazing, always happy for me to appear at the front door and help in any way if anything ever goes wrong. They always give me a place to stay, and usually feed me pretty well too, so I decided I wanted to cook a nice dinner to say thank you while I was there.
How many of you read that and thought “hang on, that’s a dinner not baking”? But baking isn’t just desserts and treats! Anything made in the oven is baked.
I don’t do the whole dinner cooking thing very often so I was a bit nervous, I even told my relatives that I was highly expecting it not to work and that we would end up doing a pizza run for dinner instead!
Recently, I have been craving the combination of chicken, spinach and feta. It’s a great flavour combo isn’t it? I didn’t know how many people were going to be at dinner, it could be anywhere for 3-8 people on any given night. So I had to make something that I could make lots of, in case 8 people were there, but also something that can be frozen if only 3 people turned up.
After having a bit of a think, and a google for inspiration, I decided on making chicken, spinach and feta filo wraps. These have the extra bonus of being individual servings, so they are even easier for freezing! They are also great for something to prepare in advance and have in the fridge
Before I went shopping I found out there would be four of us for dinner so I made eleven filo pockets and we had two each with some cooked pumpkin, potato and broccolini which went really well with it!
What I used …
Before starting, the filo needs to defrost which can take up to two hours. You can also get the spinach out to defrost at the same time.
And now it’s time to cook!
First we prepare the filling …
Time to get your melted butter ready and a pastry brush too. But if you don’t have a pastry brush, you can use a soft plastic spatula to do the job just as well.
Now we are ready to put everything together …
If you are making them in advance, place the prepared pockets in a container or on a plate with a tea towel over the top and leave them in the fridge till you are ready to cook.
The cooking process is more of a heating and browning, since we have already cooked the chicken, but it is what makes the filo pastry yummy and crispy. So if you are adding any vegetables, make sure you work out when best to put everything in the oven. For example, potatoes will need 45-55 minutes in the oven so you will want to cook them for roughly 20 minutes before putting the filo pockets in.
When you are ready to cook …
There was definitely no need for a pizza run after serving these, my relatives loved them! And so did I!! The house had a very strong smell of garlic while I was cooking so I was a little worried, but the finished product was just delicious and had the perfect amount of everything. This is definitely something that is going into my bank for future dinner party meals.
I really hope you give these a try, they really were something special and a perfect meal for a cold night in Canberra, especially with the potatoes, pumpkin and broccolini.
Let me know what you think and I would love to see your photos either below or over on my Instagram @nerdylittlebaker