Posts Tagged ‘Spanakopita’

Donna Hay-esque Dairy Spinach Kugel (and My Mom’s Dairy Spinach Kugel)

June 15, 2011

This is actually a mash-up of two different Donna Hay recipes: Spinach Pie from The Instant Cook, and Spinach and Ricotta Baked Pasta from Off the Shelf. It is sort-of like spanakopita, without the phyllo, or a crustless quiche. With some salad on the side, it makes a nice light lunch.

The results reminded me very much of my mother’s dairy spinach kugel, which is a good thing. My mother’s recipe (which I am also including) uses farmer’s cheese and sauteed onions and mushrooms.

This recipe is a little easier because you skip the sauteed onions (but adding them could only make this even better). Putting the halved grape tomatoes on top is not only pretty, but adds a lot to the flavor as the acidity of the tomatoes cut through the creaminess of the dish. Serve this with a salad on the side. If you don’t want to add the tomatoes to the top of the dish, trying serving it with a tomato salad on the side.

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Naked Spanakopita

April 27, 2011

For Passover, I made a spinach kugel inspired by a recipe from Ina Garten’s first book. Her recipe for spinach pie has enticed me since I bought her book many years ago. The concept is that it is like spanakopita, but with more filling. Ina’s recipe calls for lining a small pan with a few layers of buttered filo, and then piling on a huge mound of spinach. I was thinking at first of replacing the filo with Passover blintz leaves (bletlach), but got lazy and decided to leave the spinach pie “naked.”

The resulting spinach kugel was delicious, but I think I would like it better spread thinner, in a larger pan. Next time, I would use a 9″x13″ pan instead of an 8″ pan.

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