Trader Joe’s 5 Cheese Greek Spiral Review

Trader Joe's 5 Cheese Greek Spiral

A cheese-filled pastry can be good for pretty much any meal — breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even dessert. So when we were looking for something appropriate for a brunch, we thought the Trader Joe’s 5 Cheese Greek Spiral would be the perfect thing. It’s appropriate for AM dining, while not being too “breakfasty.”

This frozen pastry is pretty simple to cook, though it’s not designed to be heated in a microwave or toaster oven. Simply preheat your oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit, peel the top off the container, and pop it into the oven for 25-30 minutes. Well that’s what the package says, anyway. Ours took a bit longer than the 30 minutes suggested by the instructions. We first checked on it after about 27 minutes, and it was still doughy. In fact, we ended up cooking this for almost 45 minutes.

Also, you can cook this in the paper tray that it comes in, though if you’re not comfortable doing that, you can always use a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. We cooked ours in the container to see how it would turn out, and we were pretty happy with the results (even though the cook time was a bit long).

Trader Joe's 5 Cheese Greek Spiral

The folks at Trader Joe’s claim this is an authentic spiral pie, just like you’d find if you were travelling in the Greek Isles. We can’t really confirm the authenticity of the recipe, but we can confirm that this spiral pastry is a pretty tasty treat.

The cheese blend is a little heavy, so it mostly ends up toward the bottom of the pastry. It’s made up of gouda, kasseri, kefalotyri, bleu cheese, and what’s simply referred to as “hard cheese” (there are a number of hard cheeses, so we’re not sure exactly what this one is). This cheesy concoction has a rich, sharp flavor that makes it really hard to stop eating, even when you know you should. The heaviness of the cheese also means this is really filling. Half a spiral should be enough to fill you up unless you’re incredible hungry.

The pastry portion is crispy and buttery, and it really compliments the cheese well. It has a nice flavor, though it stays mostly in the background, as the cheese flavor is really potent here.

Trader Joe's 5 Cheese Greek Spiral

The container considers a third of this pastry to be a serving, which is kind of a lot if you’re eating it as a snack. We split ours two ways so each person ate half, with both people feeling pretty stuffed by the end. The recommended 1/3 serving contains 420 calories and 630 mg of sodium, and that ends up being 635 calories and 955 mg of sodium for our half-pasty serving. Clearly, this pastry comes with a side of guilt.

The Trader Joe’s 5 Cheese Greek Spiral is very good, no matter what time of the day you’re serving it. Just be warned: this is not a low-calorie dish. You probably don’t want to make this a staple of your diet, but as an occasional treat it’s delightful.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this Trader Joe’s pastry, check out our package scan below.

Trader Joe's 5 Cheese Greek Spiral