Strong as Popeye
Popeye the sailor said it! “I’m strong to the finich, cause I eats me spinach.”
It’s been ages since I had spinach pie. It was another one of my childhood favourites, but I never endeavoured to make it, because I though it was far too laborious…turns out it’s “easy as pie”. Literally!
I was chatting to my mom on Skype earlier and while I was blabbing along, she was making spinach pie. In no time she was eating it, making all sorts of munching noises, theatrically rolling her eyes and I was left salivating on this side…so I called her a few not too pretty names and run to the kitchen to make my own! I absolutely hate being teased with food and know tonight will be a sleepless night if I don’t have spinach pie!…
The fridge isn’t on my side today either… Head completely in, I don’t see anything that can make me a pie…off to the shop then! I am determined!
500gr fresh spinach
200 gr feta cheese
cup of flat (paella or risotto) rice
3 tbsp low fat yoghurt
packet of filo pastry
All gathered, lets start cause my patience is long gone!
First of all the spinach needs cooked. Put a pint of water in a large flat pan and season with salt, pepper, a grating of 1/2 a nutmeg and a splash of olive oil. Bring to boil and drop the spinach leaves in. Turn a few times with a thong and as soon as it changes its colour to deep green and goes soft it’s ready!Drain through a colander into a large bowl and keep the liquid. Set the spinach aside to cool.
Wipe the pan clean, return to the hob, add a splash of olive oil and put in a cup of rice.
And 3 tbsp of low fat natural yoghurt. Mix wellThat’s the filling ready. Risotto in a pie? Trust me, it works!!
Preheat your oven to 180C
Line a 22″ spring form tin with 2 sheets of filo, overlapping the sides. Drizzle with a little olive oilAdd a thin layer of the spinach mix (about 1/4)Then cover with a sheet of filo and drizzle with oil again
Put in the oven for 40 minutes. I had a spoonful of the mix left so decided to try it in a shortcrust pastry case I have left over from a tart making session this weekend. Looks cool in, hope it works well
After 40 min I have two perrrrfect pies out! And the smell is just divine!Lovely!And a bit of rocket on the side completes the picture