Saturday, November 14, 2009

Spinach Pie Martha Style

This recipe has served me well for holidays or when I need to bring something different to a dinner party. I channel my inner Martha Stewart since this is her recipe. It's tasty and pretty - so Martha. This originated by my need to make a vegetarian-friendly side but meat-eaters will love it too. The best part is that this recipe makes two pies so you can always freeze one for later!

Spinach Pie

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
4 medium onions, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
6 packages frozen chopped spinach, (10 ounces each), thawed and squeezed dry
1 pound feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons dried dill
8 large eggs, lightly beaten
8 ounces frozen phyllo sheets, thawed and thinly sliced

Make the filling: In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and 2 teaspoons salt; cook until garlic is tender, 1 to 2 minutes.

Transfer mixture to a large bowl; stir in spinach, feta, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, dill, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Fold in eggs until combined.

Divide mixture evenly between two 9-inch springform pans or two 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie plates; press firmly to flatten.

Make the topping: In a large bowl, gently toss sliced phyllo to separate, then toss with remaining 1/2 cup oil until coated. Divide phyllo between pies, covering the tops evenly and completely. (To freeze, cover pies tightly with plastic wrap, being careful not to flatten topping. Bake within 3 months; do not thaw first.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake until heated through and topping is golden brown, about 1 hour 15 minutes for frozen pie (30 minutes for unfrozen pie).

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