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Homage to Spinach: 1 Spinach Pie

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Besides being delicious, this is a wonderfully versatile dish because it's good warm or cold; indoors or outside; dinner, brunch, snack. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

This recipe turned out so well, we have it about twice every month. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Ingredients

2.5 lbs. spinach, chopped (you can substitute frozen; thaw it well)

1/4 cup olive oil

4 large onions, diced

2 bunches scallions (use white and (tender only) green part

6 fresh garlic cloves, sliced

1/2 cup parsley, chopped

1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg (buy the whole nutmeg and freshly grate it)

Pinch black pepper or to taste

Pinch chili flakes

1/2 lb. feta cheese, crumbled

4 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 lb. ricotta or cottage cheese

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Wash and drain the chopped spinach at least 3 times, to be sure you get all of the sand and grit out. Nothing ruins a spinach recipe more, than biting down on sand. The last time this happened, I had to throw the whole baked dish, out, after serving it. If using frozen spinach, thaw completely and squeeze out excess water. Spinach should be dry.

This is the third washing, and now draining. It ruins all of your efforts, if the final result ends up with chewing on sand or grit. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

3. Chop everything that needs chopping or slicing.

Chopping everything on the same cutting board. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

4. Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Saute the onions, garlic and scallions until tender.

5. Add the spinach, parsley, and dill and cook for 5 to 10 minutes until the spinach is wilted and heated through. Add the nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.

6. If using frozen spinach, you will want to cook until excess moisture evaporates. Spinach mixture should be on the dry side.

Sautee the onion, garlic, scallion. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

To the onion/garlic mix add all the chopped spinach, all the herbs, all the seasoning and cook stirring occasionally, for 5 to 10 minutes. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

7. Remove from heat and set the spinach aside to cool.

8. In a large mixing bowl, combine the feta cheese, eggs, and ricotta cheese. Add the cooled spinach mixture and mix until combined.

To the eggs, I added the feta and ricotta. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

After the cooked spinach mixture has cooled way down, add it to the egg/ricotta bowl and combine well. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

9. Oil a deep bake dish, with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and pour the spinach mixture in. Use a spatula to scrape all the spinach out of the mixing bowl.

Entire spinach mixture is poured from the bowl into an oiled baking dish. Try to use a baking dish that also goes from oven to table. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

10. Bake the spinach pie section for 40 minutes, then remove from oven to cool for about 10 minutes.

Spinach mixture has been baked and just out of the oven. Now it will cool down for about 10 minutes. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

11. While the spinach is baking, make the topping.

 

Topping Ingredients

4 eggs, beaten

1.5 cups plain Greek yogurt (FAGE)

Pinch salt

Pinch black pepper

Pinch paprika

1 cup creamy goat cheese or freshly grated kashkaval cheese, which I get from FreshDirect

 

 

Topping Directions

1. Add all of the above ingredients to a bowl and whisk with a fork or whisk tool.

Whisking the topping mixture with a fork (couldn't find my whisk), until it's nice and smooth. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

2. After the spinach pie has been baked and has cooled down, with a spatula, scrape all of the topping from the bowl, pouring it onto the spinach pie. Do this slowly.

3. Smooth the topping so it's evenly distributed over the spinach.

4. Bake in the same 350 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes. Keep your eye on the oven to be sure the topping doesn't burn.

5. Serve nice and warm

Smells so-o good! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Third helping. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

This spinach pie goes fast. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

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