Italian Spinach Pie Recipe
Did you know that the lutein in spinach can help prevent cataracts and improve your vision, even if you have macular degeneration? According to Optometry Magazine, Popeye was definitely on to something.
This spinach-packed Mediterranean-inspired pie is a snap to make since you can use store-bought crust, but the taste it delivers is so savory, your family will think it took you all day to make. Even spinach-hating kids have been known to gobble this one up.
One frozen store-bought pie crust, thawed, in 9-inch pie plate.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
One bag fresh pre-washed spinach (or one 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry)
Salt to taste
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese (Monterey Jack, or Pepper Jack if you like heat)
1/3 cup shredded Gruyere, Jarlsberg, or Swiss cheese
1/2 cup lowfat sour cream
3/4 cup lowfat milk
salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat and saute garlic and onion until softened, stirring often, about 6 minutes. Add fresh spinach and salt to taste and saute, stirring, until spinach is wilted and fragrant, about 4 to 5 minutes. (If using thawed frozen spinach, add to garlic and onion mixture and heat briefly.)
2. Drain off excess moisture, then spread spinach mixture evenly over bottom of pie crust. Top with shredded cheeses.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk, eggs, salt, and pepper. Pour evenly over spinach-cheese mixture.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, until golden and set. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving.
By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer, Care2 Healthy Living Channels.