How to make a perfect homemade spinach pie? It’s tasty and healthy at the same time and we all know how much energy our bodies need in the spring!
Do you remember Popeye the sailor man? He was so strong because he was eating spinach all the time! But if don’t want to eat your spinach directly from the can, there’s a better and more delicious way to get your spinach vitamins – the spinach pie!
As I’ve mentioned many times before, I’m a fan of homemade food and homegrown vegetables. My family loves spinach and even though there is a lot of dock in our garden (The docks and sorrels, genus Rumex L., are a genus of about 200 species of annual, biennial and perennial herbs in the buckwheat family Polygonaceae. In Bulgaria we often use dock instead of spinach), we decided to plant some real spinach. We planted the seeds directly in the garden in late October and covered them with nylon during the cold winter months. In the spring the plants are already big and healthy and ready for picking! I picked up about a kilo of spinach leaves just from three-four plants. And I’m perfectly sure that there’s nothing poisonous – no pesticides, nothing but some rabbit manure. The spinach requires significant amount of water so if you seed it, be careful and don’t forget to water it every other day. Of course, if there’s rain – it does your job!
Now, how the wonderful spinach pie is made?
You need the following ingredients:
For the dough: 1,5 kg flour, 1 liter warm water, yeast, 4-5 tablespoons sunflower oil, 1 ts salt, 2 ts sugar
Make smooth and soft dough from these ingredients, divide the dough in 8 and leave the “balls” somewhere warm for 30 minutes until they double their size.
Meanwhile, prepare the filling out of: 1 kilo spinach, 1/2 kilo white brine cheese, 8 eggs, 200 g yogurt.
Pour boiling water over the spinach, rinse it fast in cold water in order to keep its green color. Mix the eggs, the cheese and the yogurt and stir. When the mixture has become smooth, add the spinach and stir again.
Roll out each ball of dough until you get a pancake-thin piece. Then put some sunflower oil, some of the filling and roll it so that the filling remains inside. Then put the pastry on a baking tray. Repeat this with all the dough pieces.
Bake the pie in preheated oven at 200 degrees until the crust becomes brown. You can put some butter and sesame on top.
Enjoy it with yogurt, lemonade or whatever you prefer! 🙂 It’s a great breakfast but also wonderful for spring picnics by the river! 🙂