Greek Spinach Pie

Greek Spinach Pie

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Also called spanakopita in Greece, where it is commonly found all across the islands, Greek spinach pie is a savory dish that can be made traditionally with spinach or can be substituted with other greens such as chard or dandelion greens. The “Blue Zones” centenarians eat lots of leafy greens on a daily basis, so mix it up and get your greens without having to eat a salad.

Ingredients

Pie Crust (makes 2):

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 tbsp ice water

Spinach Filling:

  • 3-10 oz packages frozen spinach (thawed, water squeezed out)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb block feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (or 1 tbsp dried parsley)
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp dill

Directions

Crust:

  1. Stir flour and salt together. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil and water until
  2. creamy. Add flour and stir with a fork to combine.
  3. Divide dough into two. Swipe your counter with a wet washcloth and place a 12-in square of waxed paper on top. Place the ball of dough on top and cover with a second 12-in piece of waxed paper.
  4. Roll out the dough between the waxed papers into a circle slightly bigger than your pie plate.
  5. Remove the top sheet of waxed paper and invert the dough over the pie pan; peel off bottom paper. If pre-baking the crust, prick the entire surface with a fork.

Filling:

  1. Sauté green onions and garlic in olive oil until fragrant.
  2. Mix all ingredients together. Pour into pie crust.
  3. Cover with top crust. Slash for slits. Put on crust shield and bake for 45 minutes at 425 degrees. Remove pie shield for the last 15 mintues.Yield: Serves 12
    Per serving: calories 365, fat 28g, sodium 659mg, protein 11g

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