If you read my post from Monday, when I linked up with Monday Made It, you already know what my MiRL is for this month. If you didn’t read that post, let me catch you up! One of my good friends, Marie, and I have talked about making homemade Spanakopita for years. Recently, before heading home to Cleveland for the summer, we decided that we needed to make this cheesy spinachy goodness for lunch and we dove in! I didn’t go into the details of how we made the spanakopita there because I didn’t want to spoil anything on this post…… Soooo, this post will be a combo Math IS Real Life with lots of extra details to fill in my Monday Made It people! AND if you stick with all the details until the end, there will be a great freebie that will help promote mathematical discourse in your classroom (and can be used at many, many grade levels!)
Here we go!
First, we needed to defrost the spinach and the phyllo dough! We used our estimation skills to figure out how long it would take and in the mean-time bought a movie to watch OnDemand Elapsed time 2 hours!
Then we crumbled the feta and added it to the spinach.
Next came the onions!
Then the egg mix
Then we combined all that cheesy goodness together and some more math happened!
We melted some butter and started layering the phyllo dough one layer at a time in the 13×9 pan. Spreading the butter reminded me of conversations I have with my kiddos all the time about real world area applications.
Phyllo, butter, phyllo, butter, phyllo, butter….. compounding layers of area created volume! What a neat way to show volume to kiddos…. I may have to bring phyllo dough and butter in to show this in a tasty way!
Then it was time to layer 10 more pieces of phyllo and buttery goodness!
A little tuck-the-phyllo-in action all around the edges (creating faces of a prism)
And then there were some decisions to be made…. how many servings were we going to slice this into? Should I score the phyllo in the middle?
Should I try to score the phyllo into thirds?
What about diagnonal scores?
In the end we decided that 4 people would probably be eating this deliciousness, and we wanted to make it look “fancy” (the more scores the prettier the phyllo peels back…) so we cut the spanakopita in half, then each half in half, then we cut half lengthwise (making 8 servings) and then we cut each of those servings in half diagonally.
Next, we used our oven thermometer and knowledge of time to cook the spanakopita until it was golden-y delicious!
Doesn’t that look amazing?!
And ofcourse, we had to try some out! Yummy!