Thursday, December 11, 2008

Spinach Pie with Saucey Chef

Saucey Chef made fat little Spinach Pies - Spanakopita for our early Christmas Dinner. She used purchased phyllo pastry, frozen spinach, feta cheese, butter, nutmeg, cottage cheese, egg, onions and garlic. I like these kinds of recipes - tasty fillings held together with an egg and wrapped in delicate pastry. Nothing was very much measured. This is an approximation of ingredient amounts.
  • 1 large package 2 lbs.- frozen spinach
  • half of a 500 gram container of cottage cheese
  • 1 lb. feta cheese or maybe a little more - it about equaled the spinach mix proportionately
  • 1 egg
  • melted butter to brush phyllo sheets
  • butter to saute the onion and garlic
  • 1 package of phyllo pastry sheets
  • 1 - 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 large onions finely chopped
  • nutmeg, to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • dill, to taste
Saute the chopped onion until limp in butter, add the spinach and stir. Grate in nutmeg.
Had there been any dill in Decadent Housewife's pantry, Saucey Chef would have added some of that too. Add the garlic.
Stir in the cottage cheese.
Break up the feta quite fine
and add it to the spinach mixture.
Mix up the egg and add it to the spinach mix, stir in and heat through.
Mentally divide that sheet into thirds lengthwise. Place about a 1/4 cup of the mix on one short end of a sheet of phyllo in the middle third of the sheet. Brush the sheet with melted butter.
Fold the outer "thirds" of the sheet over the spinach mix, from one side and then from the other. Paint each side with butter. The spinach is tucked in on the right side here shown below.
Begin folding downward from the end encasing the spinach mix into a little triangle.
Paint with butter on every turn downward. And work fast! Phyllo quickly dries out.
Tuck in the ends. Lay on a parchment lined tray. Well, we use some tinfoil too.
If the phyllo falls apart like ours did, nevermind. Use it anyway. We did cover the pastry with a damp teacloth. But Decadent was being a pest and kept getting in the way, so the pastry was drying out faster than usual. Saucey just layered them sort of patchwork-like and folded and painted away. This batch below was cut into diamond shapes. Saucey said they weren't pretty enough to take along for Christmas Dinner. But let it be known they disappeared the same night despite this opinion.
These below are the little spinach pies just out of the oven. They were the ones that traveled bundled up in a little wicker basket through the snowy night to our early Christmas dinner. Bake @ 325 F for approx. 40 minutes until golden.


Jeanne said...

I love all your recipes and all you share.
Love you

Decadent Housewife said...

Hi Jeanne,
Thanks, glad you like it. Just a little corner of our world over here.