Greek Style Spinach-Feta Pie
2 cups almond flour
3 tablespoons cold butter, diced into small cubes
1 teaspoon Greek Seasoning (or Italian Seasoning), optional
10 oz. fresh spinach (up to 16 oz), cooked and squeezed dry and chopped coarsely
2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
8 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried dill (or 1 to 2 teaspoons, if using fresh)
1 to 2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
5 eggs (or 1-1/4 cups Egg Beaters)
1/2 cup half-n-half, cream or milk
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place all crust ingredients in a medium bowl. Cut butter and egg into flour with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles small pebbles and the flour is thoroughly moistened (the same way you prepare a pie crust). Press crust mixture into pie dish or tart pan (I used a 10" pyrex pie dish). Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until lightly browned; remove from oven and set aside.
Increase oven temp to 350 degrees F. In a non-stick skillet, saute onions and garlic in olive oil until translucent; remove and set aside. In the same skillet, saute spinach, just until wilted. Drain and press as much liquid out of the spinach as possible (I use a mesh strainer and press it with the back of a large spoon). Place well drained spinach in a medium bowl (coarsely chop first, if desired); add cooked onions and garlic, feta, dill, lemon zest, pepper, eggs and half-n-half. Mix until well combined. Pour mixture into the lightly baked crust and bake at 350 F for 20 minutes; lower oven temp to 325 F (so edge of crust doesn't over brown); bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until filling and eggs are set and cooked . If the center still seems a little jiggly, cook an additional few minutes.
Is there a way to bake this without the crust? Just in a greased pie tin?
Hi there! Yes, I have made it crustless before and it turned out really good! :-)
This pie is one of our all-time favorites! :-)
Real lemonade ... now that's a recipe for banishing those nasty H&H's ... at least temporarily. :-) Before I discovered your blog I'd never tried *liquid* stevia. I'm sure glad I did ... it's nothing like the granular type. For me, anyway, there's no unpleasant after-taste or "after-sensation" at all. Truvia and powdered SweetLeaf just don't hack it.
Right now I happen to be using KAL Pure Stevia, which is a glycerine formulation (similar to NuNaturals.) For baking I'm really enjoying erythritol and, most recently, the lovely *Swerve*! I'd like to try making cranberry sauce with it.
I'm really curious about Lo Han Guo (monk fruit.) I'd only seen it in combination with other stuff, but now I notice that NuNaturals.com carries the 100% powdered extract, which they have on sale for 19.99 (reg 29.99) It looks really pricey for a 0.71 ounce bottle, however it contains the equivalent of 500 tsp of sugar (2/3 tsp = 1 cup of sugar.) Because of the *much* lower volume it might be problematic for baking, but may be interesting for other uses ... like making a gallon of lemonade, or perhaps for cranberry sauce! :-) But how does it taste??? That's the big question. By any chance, do you have any experience with this sweetener?
Hi CyberSis! I don't have any personal experience with monk fruit -- but will definitely check out the NuNaturals 100% you sent the information for! And since it is on sale, there is probably not a better time to test it out. I will look at getting some of that to try. I agree with you about maybe not being enough volume for baking (most items, anyway)...but there are plenty of other items to sweeten -- I'm thinking ice cream, your cranberry sauce idea...and a whole host of other items. Like you, I had checked it out before but it always seemed to have other ingredients in it I didn't want -- but this one sounds promising! Thanks for the tip on the sale, too! :-)
Hi again, GGC,
Just noticed that they also have it in liquid form ... 17.99 for a 2-oz bottle. It's 20% alcohol and 15% glycerine. They don't have as much info on it as the powder form (such as how many drops would equal a tsp of sugar.) Here's the link if you want to check it out.
Another thing I checked on is shipping ... well all I can say is 13.00+ is a bit much for a tiny bottle of stuff! :-( You get free shipping for a $35 or more purchase, but they really get you for a smallish order! I guess I'd have to pick out an additional product if I want to try the Lo Han. Maybe some flavored stevia drops (vanilla or chocolate?) I already have plenty of the non-flavored.
Hi CyberSis! Wow, I hadn't checked it out yet -- was planning to do that this evening -- you are right, $13.99 is a lot for shipping -- it's almost the cost of the product itself! I wonder if it is sold anywhere else with more reasonable shipping -- I've bought their stevia drops elsewhere for $8.00 and change. I have their regular, vanilla and chocolate. A warning about the chocolate -- it isn't liquidy -- it's thick and a bit messy to use. I kind of like it and kind of don't because it is so thick. The taste is good...it is just very thick on the dropper and when you put the dropper back down in the bottle it scrapes off on the rim of the bottle and is just messy. I will look to see if I can find it cheaper or with more reasonable shipping before I buy it from NuNaturals. Thanks for the tip and the link! :-)
I think I'm going to hold off on the Lo Han for the time being. Now that one company has come out with it, perhaps others will, too, maybe at a lower price and realistic shipping cost. Nothing like a little competition, as you've already discovered with the stevia. Thanks for the heads-up on the chocolate!
Hi CyberSis! I just ordered the NuNaturals 2-oz liquid version of the Lo Han from Amazon. Paid $19.42 and free shipping (I have Amazon Prime). I'm tempted to get the powder too, but might wait until I try this version -- should have it by Friday. Thanks, again for the tip! Here is the link from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D3ZDL32/ref=gno_cart_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Hi CyberSis! You are probably right about other competitors offering it too. I ordered the liquid last night from Amazon...but I also just ordered the powdered version from NuNaturals and used a code to get an addition $5.00 off (FB1F) -- my shipping costs for $10.71 or something like that -- but with the $5.00 coupon, it made it a little more reasonable. I can not tell you how much money I have spent on trying all these new things -- most of which end up in my pantry because they weren't what I expected, etc. LOL I will let you know when I get both versions of the Lo han whether it's worth trying or not! :-)
Hi GGC, I made the Greek Style Spinach-Feta Pie for dinner Monday night too. First time I made it and I love it. I've been eating the leftovers for breakfast.
Hi CyberSis,I recently started using Trader Joe's liquid stevia and the first thing I used it for was Cranberry Sauce. I just kept adding drops until it was sweet enough for my taste. I don't like things too sweet so it worked out well. I know exactly what you mean by "after-sensation" with the granular type. It makes my mouth feel numb and leaves a gross aftertaste. I was so turned off by it that I stopped using any kind of sweetener until I found TJ's.
Hi Lucy! So glad you are enjoying the spinach-feta pie. I had it for lunch yesterday and today...and will have it again tomorrow! You would think I'd get tired of it, but I don't -- I look forward to having the leftovers! Glad you liked it! :-)
Wow ... Thanks for being the "guinea pig" with the Lo Han. Will be interested in your impressions when you get a chance to try it. Thanks also for the Amazon tip and for the NuNaturals code for $5 off shipping. Those will come in handy if I end up ordering.
Hi Lucy, Thanks for the feedback on cranberry sauce using liquid stevia! I'm definitely going to try it. :-)
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