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Individual Spinach Pies

April 29, 2019

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Everyone has a recipe for some variation of spinach pie. I have two. One took about a year to get the exact (Greek-ish) flavors, with creamy yogurt topping. What I'm sharing is the second because it takes much less time. If you use frozen spinach and ready made dough, this is one of the world's easiest and quickest recipes. Plus, if you serve your spinach pie to guests in attractive individual pie dishes. The visual you get from this presentation is a kind of homey elegance. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Individual spinach pies were served as an appetizer with chilled Pouilly-Fuisse. Delish! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Instead of flowers, the centerpiece for this dinner is a stunning Hong Kong jade Koi, given to us by a very dear friend, Kuo Ping Yu. Oh, and btw, everyone loved the spinach pie. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
We like this recipe with icy white Burgundy, as well as Pouilly-Fuisse. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Ingredients

6 extra large eggs

2 packages of frozen, chopped spinach. Room temperature, of course.

Extra virgin olive oil, to oil each of the individual dishes

1 cup gruyere, grated

1 container Tofutti, get it to room temperature

2/3 cup half-and-half

5 fresh garlic cloves, sliced

6 scallions, very thinly sliced

Pinch salt

Pinch black pepper

Pinch chili flakes

1/2 cup fresh Parmesan, grated (not store bought)

(optional) zest of 1/2 lemon (I didn't use it this time)

(optional) 1 Tablespoon fresh dill weed, very finely chopped (I didn't use It this time)

Using the ready-made dough and already chopped spinach, saves time and makes this recipe easy. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425o
  2. Prepare your baking dishes or muffin tins, by oiling them. Then set aside.
  3. Get out one sheet of dough and divide it into six, or eight pieces. Divide lengthwise in half. Then cut three equal pieces of dough from each half.
Measuring, by eye, the six pieces of dough needed, from this one sheet of ready made dough. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Starting to fit dough to dish. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Pushing the dough around, so it fits into each dish, just right. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Sprinkle a little flour on a flat surface, and roll each sixth of the dough, so that it can be draped over each individual baking dish, and also tucked into it.
  2. Once you roll out the dough, with your fingers, fit the dough into the baking dish. Push it into the creases, and up the sides. If there's extra dough, pinch it around the edge of the dish.
Tucking the dough into the individual pie baking dishes. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Now, do all your cutting, slicing, grating, chopping, etc.
Grating the gruyere. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Getting ready to thinly slice the scallions. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Wringing the water out of the spinach. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Wring out the spinach, to get as much excess water out. Use paper towels.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the soft Tofutti and the half & half. Stir the two, until well combined and smooth.
  3. Next, one at a time, beat in the eggs.
  4. Now, mix in all the rest of the ingredients, except the parmesan.
Mixing all ingredients, except for the Parmesan. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Pour the spinach mixture into each individual baking dish.
  2. Bake until the crust is golden brown and the spinach mixture appears to be set. If it jiggles in the middle, bake a little longer. You don't want the crust to burn, do keep your eye on this.
  3. Depending on your oven the baking time should be from 15 to 25 minutes. After 10 minutes, sprinkle parmesan over the top of each pie. After 15 minutes, start to watch it and remove from oven the minute the crust turns golden brown.
  4. Serve.
Just out of the oven. This recipe makes 8 individual spinach pies with crust, using this size baking dish. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Here, at another spinach pie fest, we're having chilled white Burgundy.
©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

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