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Spinach-Dill Pie

Layers of phyllo dough make a quick crust for this savory pie. For the filling, fresh spinach is sauteed with onion and garlic, then stirred into a combination of ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, fresh dill, parsley, cumin, and eggs. Serve warm or at room temperature. For brunch, try coupling it with a green salad. Return to Healthy Spinach Menu

  • servings: 8
Photography: Richard Gerhard Jung

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces spinach, well washed, tough stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 2 large whole eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
  • Cooking spray

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roughly chop spinach leaves; set aside. Heat butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add spinach; cook until wilted and bright green, about 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to a colander to cool and drain. When mixture is cool enough to handle, press lightly with paper towels to remove excess moisture; set aside to cool.

  2. Step 2

    In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, eggs and egg whites, parsley, dill, Parmesan, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir in cooled spinach mixture; set aside.

  3. Step 3

    Dampen a large kitchen towel with water; squeeze dry. Unroll phyllo; place on work surface. Cover with plastic wrap and then the kitchen towel. Lightly coat a 9-inch Pyrex pie plate with cooking spray. Remove 1 sheet of phyllo, keeping remaining phyllo covered; place in prepared baking dish. Coat lightly with cooking spray. Repeat with 7 more sheets of phyllo, spraying between each layer. Trim edges with scissors, leaving a slight overhang.

  4. Step 4

    Spoon filling into the dish, spreading it evenly. Bake until golden brown and filling is set, about 1 hour. Cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting into wedges.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2001

Reviews (3)

  • 24 Dec, 2010

    I wouldn't use fat free cottage cheese, you can get healthier ricotta if you wish at the market.

  • 11 Nov, 2010

    I never made something like this, would I be able to use fat free cottage cheese instead of Ricotta?

  • 18 Dec, 2008

    This was delicious! I made it and took it to a potluck and it was gone in less than 5 minutes. Definitely something good to try if you like a lot of cheese!