Spinach and Havarti Phyllo Casserole…just look at that crust! Flaky, buttery crust!

I made this casserole over the weekend. It was the perfect Saturday night meal and nice change from the usual pizzas and pasta dishes we usually do on the weekends!

I need to cook with Greek ingredients more often! I mean wow, this blew the family away! There is so much flavor in the dish and the phyllo dough is just so good. I mean like really good. And the fact that it’s oozing with creamy cheese just makes it that much better!

Phyllo dough is often used to make pastries. It is a paper-thin sheet of dough. It is commonly used in a lot greek inspired dishes. I put my own little twist on this dish and used some spicy Italian chicken sausage and creamy Havarti cheese!

I used chicken sausage instead of pork to lighten up the dish and make it a little more health friendly, it turned out really great and made the dish much less of a grease fest! If you cannot find chicken sausage I am sure a spicy Italian pork sausage will work as well.

The flavors are out of the world good and I mean really out of this world! The spicy Italian chicken sausage adds a really great kick to the dish, well creamy Havarti cheese just puts it over the top. Combine this with the phyllo dough and you have a winning combination!

Another bonus, this dish is impressive enough to make for a dinner party and can be prepared in advance and even frozen for a quick and delicious weeknight meal.

Phyllo Bake

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 687 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound spicy Italian chicken sausage removed from casings
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives sliced
  • 1/2 cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes*
  • 10 ounce package frozen spinach thawed and drained
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Havarti cheese
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 40 phyllo pastry sheets thawed
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or butter melted

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Brown sausage until cooked through and no longer pink. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, beat 5 eggs well, add the 1/2 cup of greek yogurt. Mix well. Mix in the basil, thyme, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and salt. Add the sausage and spinach and mix until combined.
  • Unroll phyllo sheets and cover with a damp paper towel. Place one sheet in a 13ร—9 glass baking dish. Brush with some of the canola oil. Add eight additional phyllo sheets, brushing each with canola oil. Spread half of the cheddar cheese over the top of the dough. Dollop half of the spinach sausage mixture over the cheese and then top with half the Havarti cheese and half of the olives. Layer and brush with butter nine more sheets phyllo dough. Spread with the rest of the cheddar cheese and then the rest of the spinach sausage mixture. Top with the remaining Havarti Cheese and olives. Layer and brush with canola oil eight more sheets phyllo dough. Top with mozzarella cheese . Layer remaining phyllo sheets on top, brushing each with canola oil.
  • Bake at 350 for hour to an hour and 15 minutes.

Notes

*I buy my sun dried tomatoes from Costco. They are packed in oil with lots of garlic. If your sun dried tomatoes do not have any garlic in them, please add at least one clove when the sausage is browning. *You can cover this tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days. *To freeze: Before you begin layering, line your Pyrex dish with tin foil and then spray with olive oil or non-stick spray. Layer as directed. Cover tightly and freeze. Once frozen you can remove from the pan and wrap the dish in more plastic wrap and place back in the freeze. When ready to bake just unwrap and place back in a Pyrex dish. Thaw for a few hours and bake as directed.

So happy for leftovers!

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  1. 3 stars
    I made this last night for dinner. I was really looking forward to this dish because I love Mediterranean flavors. It was good, but I am so glad that I did not use a spicy sausage because the dish was pretty spicy with the crushed red pepper in it. My husband who usually likes spicy meals actually asked if I had put in more heat than asked for. Also, the ingredient listed sun dried tomoatoes but it doesnโ€™t say when you are supposed to add them to the dish. I just added them in the layers when I assembled it. My teenagers thought it was ok, but if you donโ€™t like to much spice I would cut back on the crushed red pepper.

    1. Hi Chris! I am glad this turned out well for you! I am sorry for the confusion, you mix the sun dried tomatoes with the olives! Please let me know if there is anything else I can help with! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    Made this last night. I’m not a huge fan of really strong Mediterranean flavors, but this was excellent. The flavor was enough to be enjoyably different from our usual fare, which is why I tried it. Mine was actually ready in about 55 minutes, so watch your cook times. I used melted butter for the dough, and I had to omit the red pepper flakes and switch to mild Italian sausage in hopes our little boys will try it today ๐Ÿ™‚ but it is still full of flavor. My 8 year old really liked helping with the phyllo dough too (he was the “butter painter”). I know hubs will be asking for this to be made again and it would be excellent to bring to a potluck or to serve to guests, especially in a pretty baking dish, as the crust looks gorgeous (smells great too!).

    1. So glad you loved this recipe Sheila! Thank you so much for trying this recipe out! xTieghan

  3. This looks Ahhhhmazing. What If I cut back on the amount of eggs. Looking at making it for someone who doesn’t like the texture of eggs. Or with just 5, is it not very “eggy” tasting? Thoughts….
    Thank you!

    1. Hi! You can reduce the eggs for sure, but this does not have an eggy taste. I think anywhere from 2-4 eggs will work. Happy Holidays! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’ve only recently found your blog so I’m making my way though your past posts and I have yet to make something of yours I haven’t loved! Quick question on this recipe tho, where do the sun dried tomatoes go in? Are they another layer (like with the with the olives) or do they get mixed in with the spinach and sausage? Thanks!

    1. Hey Dawn! Thanks for the kind words! Mix the sun-dried tomatoes in with the olives. Sorry about that.

      Hope you love this and let me know if you have any other questions! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I am in entertaining mode, and I’m thinking that this dish would be a hit at any party!
    P.S. I just clicked over from the Weekend Potluck.

    1. It really is the perfect dish for entertaining! You can make it ahead and bake well your guest arrive! Plus the presentation is really pretty and perfect for the holidays! Red and Green!

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