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Savory Phyllo Turnovers with Ham, Spinach, Artichoke & Mozzarella

Pieces of spanakopita - greek spinach pie

Our Savory Phyllo Turnovers are sure to please, and can be made for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!  Our recipe calls for pantry staples including spinach, onion and mozzarella.  Try making it for your next meal.

Savory Phyllo Turnovers with Ham, Spinach, Artichoke & Mozzarella


Yield:  24 turnovers

Time:  1 hour


  • 1 lb. spinach, washed, tough stems removed
  • 1 Tbsp. + ½ cup margarine
  • 2 cups/8 oz. finely chopped onion
  • 4 oz. ham, finely chopped
  • 1 (13.5 oz.) can artichokes, drained and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups/8 oz. shredded mozzarella
  • 16 sheets phyllo dough, thawed, plus extras for breakages


  1. Place spinach in a pot and, if still wet from washing, cover, if not, add a few tablespoons of water to the pan then cover and heat over medium-low heat until wilted.  Remove from heat and drain.  When cool enough to handle, squeeze the spinach to remove as much water as possible.  Roughly chop the spinach. Reserve.
  2. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat.  Add 1 Tbsp. of the margarine and sauté the onions until softened and starting to brown, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the ham, artichokes and spinach.  Taste and season with salt and pepper.  Remove from heat and stir in the mozzarella.
  3. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Melt remaining margarine in small saucepan.  To make the turnovers, be sure to have the phyllo dough set on a work surface covered with a damp paper towel to keep it from drying out and crumbling.  The spinach mixture will yield 24 turnovers. It’s useful to portion the mixture ahead in order to have even sized turnovers. Place one piece of phyllo on a work surface with the long side facing you.  Brush a thin layer of margarine over the phyllo. Place another layer of phyllo over the first one.
  4. Use a sharp knife to cut the phyllo into 3 even strips (cutting from top to bottom, not left to right).
  5. Place a mound of the portioned filling in the center of each strip.  Fold the phyllo into triangles in the same way one folds a flag, creating right triangles with each fold.  Once folded, brush all sides with additional margarine.  Turnover maybe frozen at this point and baked from frozen.  Continue to make the remaining turnovers.  Place them on a baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes or until golden.

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About Buttery Spreads

Experts agree on one important step to promoting better health: Swap out sources of saturated fat and cholesterol (hint: think solid animal fats) for healthful unsaturated fats (think plant-based oils).

These healthy oils, often referred to as “good fats” can be found in:

  • Nuts & seeds
  • Certain vegetables and fruits, like avocados
  • Extracted from plants in the form of vegetable oils

Soft spread margarines, which are made from vegetable oils, are an excellent source of heart-healthy unsaturated fat.