The Mummy Diaries, Part 1: Spanaspookyta


Up until we moved from Manila, the Halloween holidays were spent going to cemeteries to visit our loved ones who passed away. We begin this cemetery-hopping with family from All Saints Day through All Souls Day. They weren’t ever about parties or making ghoulish treats, which would seem inappropriate when you’re visiting your loved ones’ graves. Nowadays it’s a long way from “home” to do our annual visits. I haven’t forgotten our roots, but I’m slowly adapting Western Halloween festivities. When in Rome, do as the Romans do, right?

Fact: I avoid horror movies and can’t watch them alone. I can’t handle haunted houses, unless you can stand me screaming my brain off, then your brain off. I’m afraid of the dark. Halloween food and costume parties are as far as I’d go for Halloween. Thanks to Renee‘s #GreatHallowTweet BlogHop, I’m getting into the spirit! I’m fumbling my way through while my Hallow cohorts have better things up their sleeve. Look for the pumpkin on the sidebar and click on their links to see what they’re up to. Whooo!!!

My first Halloween “treat” for you this year isn’t a sweet treat and requires some imagination…so forgive me. I love vegetables. For some people, knowing that this has spinach inside it is spooky in itself. Haha. [You can also check out last year’s Macawrongs.]

Mummified spanakopita!

If you poke a couple of holes with the tip of knife, boring through the filo to a glimpse of the spinach before baking, the "eyes" would well up like this.

I’ve included some photos of the process of mummifying them. These are basically snack size and would also make excellent appetizers! I already have half of mine in the freezer for later.

Spread the spinach mixture (use your go-to spanakopita filling recipe) on two filo sheets greased with olive oil or butter.

Fold over, and slice the whole length of filled filo into 2-inch width strips. You will end up with about 12 filo mummies. If you do, you will need 4 more filo sheets to for mummification.

To create the mummification strips, brush half of a single filo dough and fold crosswise. Cut in half.

For one of that halves: Cut into quarters. For the other, cut into 8 strips crosswise, which will be the mummy strips.

Get one of the quarter sheet and fold over one of the spanakopita pieces.

Use a dab of olive oil to stick them together if needed.

Lightly and sparsely brush the thin strips of filo pastry with olive oil and wrap around to create the mummy effect.


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    • joy says

      Totally. As much as I love the cuteness of the mummy hotdog, there’s only so much of it I can eat without thinking I’m going to be sick. :)

    • joy says

      I thought I’d be able to finish 4, to be honest, but could only muster up an appetite for 2. They’re quite filling. :)

    • joy says

      Thanks, Renee! Haha…yeah, admittedly, this was born out of the need for something healthier for Halloween. :) I’m SO, SO glad I joined GreatHallowTweet again!

  1. says

    OMG Joy these are hysterical and brilliant! Now, I make these as individual triangles but who would have ever thought to turn them into Halloween treats? YOU! I love them!

    • joy says

      Thanks, Jamie. I usually make them into triangles and freeze for last-minute snacks, but it’s nice to have something savory and spooky, too. :)

  2. says

    So creative, Joy! Love it…I have this great recipe for spanakopita that I haven’t made in quite some time. As I recall, it had an obscene amount of steps. Love your photos walking us through the process. Happy Halloween!

  3. says

    (I found this because it’s posted on Pinterest, hence the Feb comment on an Oct post! =P)

    These are adorable! I’m thinking, while I enjoy spinach, that alone is a little too drab for me, but adding some other veg(gies) with it, maybe some cheese…a tasty little treat indeed! Thanks for the idea!!


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