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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Savory Spinach and Cheese Pie


      Happy Pi Day!!  This is one of those holidays that I didn't even know was a thing until high school.  You'd think we would have celebrated it in math class, but no.  My first Pi Day was celebrated in typing class of all things!  I think I must have had a hungry teacher.  Either way, we all brought in pies and feasted in honor of 3/14, the day of pi!  I am not one to let a chance to celebrate go unnoticed, especially when it involves pie.  So, I was really excited to see that Coleen from The Red Headed Baker was hosting a Pi{e} Day event.


    I knew immediately I wanted to participate, but had the hardest time deciding what to make.  In fact I made a delicious chocolate pie that I thought for sure would be it.  I dubbed it Not Your Mama's Chocolate Pie because it was my own updated twist on an old fashioned chocolate pie.  It was DELICIOUS, but the pictures only turned out so-so.  It  disappeared too quickly for me to reshoot and as tempted as I was to remake it, I decided to take it as a sign that I should make something else.



   My mom recently came across her grandma's apple pie recipe, so of course that was tempting as well.  But MiMi is still working on sourcing just the right lard to make it.  She remembers her grandma's pie crust as being the pinnacle of pie crusts, so it has to be just so.  I can't wait to give it a try, hopefully she makes it soon!  I thought about a peanut butter pie.  I have a really good baked version on the blog already, but I haven't had the icebox version since I was a kid and I have really fond memories of them.  But I would want to rework it completely to take out a few ingredients that I tend to shy away from now and I just didn't have enough time to do that much tinkering.

   Then I had an idea!  Why not do a savory pie?  So I did a riff on the filling we love in Jenny's Feta and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts and turned it into a pie!  It is cheesy and spinachy and creamy and delicious.  It would be a fun brunch dish.  It would also make a fun lunch served with a simple salad.  If you are looking for a new way to go meatless on Mondays, or maybe for Lent, this is a hearty dish that won't leave you wondering where the meat is.  Or if you want something different as part of your Easter menu, this would be perfect for that as well!



   The look might remind you a bit of a quiche, but I promise you it is a lot different.  The filling is almost more along the lines of a savory cheesecake.  The feta maintains some integrity as you bake it so the textures and flavors change as you take a bite.  I'm telling you, this is definitely something worth trying.  I made it as an extra side for people to try and one of my family's weekly family dinners.  My brother had said he was bringing the meat, but wouldn't tell anyone what it was going to be.  It turns out he did a rib roast on the smoker.  This savory spinach pie went so well with it!  It was like having an amped up version of prime rib and creamed spinach. I mean... DELISH!  The picture does not do it justice.  We dined outside and the sun was going down. Besides, I didn't plan on taking any pictures when I filled my plate.  But I couldn't help myself when the moment came.  The dinner was so good and my little man and I had no problem gobbling it up!

If you like my gorgeous Pie Box, you can get one here!

    So that is enough of me yammering on about this pie.  Just promise you will take it into consideration!  Then be sure to look at all of the fabulous pies everyone else is sharing today.  There are plenty of sweet and savory options, so there is something for everyone!  I can't wait to try them all!

Savory Spinach and Cheese Pie
serves 8

Ingredients:

1 pie crust
16 oz cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
1 T butter
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper
dash of nutmeg
4 oz crumbled feta cheese

  1. Prepare pie crust and place in pie dish.  Cover and place in refrigerator to chill until ready to use.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until it is smooth.  Add the eggs, one at a time and beat until completely mixed.
  4. Squeeze as much moisture out of the spinach as you can and place in a large mixing bowl with cream cheese.
  5. In a skillet over medium-low heat, melt butter and cook onions until translucent.  Stir in the garlic, salt and pepper and a dash of nutmeg.  Cook for just a minute, stirring frequently and remove from heat. 
  6. Stir onions and spinach into cream cheese until well mixed.  Fold in feta and pour filling into chilled pie crust.  
  7. Bake for about 40 minutes or until just set in the middle.
  8. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing.  It is best served warm, but is delicious at room temperature as well. 
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  • 32 comments:

    1. Happy Pi Day, Why did I not think to do a pie post today? Just bring this over for lunch, forget work, we'll have this and while your driving over, I'll bake up a sweet pie. Man does this look good, I love spinach so much!!

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      1. Ha! The brie and bacon looks lovely! I am headed your way, get the dip and the sweet pie ready and I'll be there in a jiffy!

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    2. Yum! This would be perfect for brunch! I wish I would have thought about posting a pie or pizza today!

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      1. Thank you! It's always nice to have an excuse to make a pie!

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    3. Happy Pi Day, I am making this scrumptious pie, I have all of the ingredients!! YIPPEE!! Nettie

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      1. Hoooray! Isn't it nice when the pieces fall in place? I hope you love it!

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    4. I love spinach and cheese pie/quiche - it's become a favorite for birthday buffet parties.

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      1. Isn't a great flavor combination?

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    5. I love Spinach Pie and this is perfect for Meatless Monday of Friday's during Lent.

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    6. That looks incredible! I'll be waiting for that chocolate pie recipe though ;) Great for breakfast or lunch or dinner (or brunch!)

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      1. This is really good... but chocolate does beat spinach every time! Thanks!

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    7. This is perfect for any meal or special occasion like Mother's Day! Looks so good!

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    8. Love Love love that this is what you shared for Pi Day!! Looks delicious! And pretty easy...maybe even I can make it!! Can I just come over to your house? All these dishes every Tuesday....yum!! xoxo

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      1. You can totally make it! Though you are always welcome here too ;-) Thank you!

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    9. This pie sounds delicious, I love the feta! I didn't know that people celebrate 3/14 for Pi day, thanks for sharing! I better get on the band wagon :)

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      1. Any excuse for pie! ;-) Though I was a chemistry major who had to take a lot of math, so I like to think it is warranted!

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    10. I think this sounds delicious, but I think my husband would question the savory pie concept. Did you husband give it a thumbs up?? If so, I should be good to try baking it!

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      1. I wish I could tell you, but he wasn't able to make this family dinner. The little that was leftover didn't stay around quite long enough for him to try either. Though he did think it smelled lovely when he popped in while it was baking and my youngest brother loved it!

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    11. We will just love this Spinach and Cheese Pie, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
      Miz Helen

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      1. I hope you do! Thanks, Miz Helen!

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    12. I seriously love pie in any form and savory is fantastic! Adding the spinach is such a fabulous idea. Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe with us at Merry Monday this week!

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    13. I love spinach (and any pie) so this sounds a fabulous combination, will definitely be trying it :)

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      1. Thank you so much, I hope you enjoy it!

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    14. Carlee, this looks and sounds so delish. I love spinach dip, but I think this would blow that out of the water. Pinning to save the recipe, this is a must make! Thanks.

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      1. It is definitely a fun one! I hope you love it!

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    15. Carlee this recipe sounds so yummy! Perfect for breakfast!

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    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I love reading your ideas!