Mar 19, 2018

Sausage and Spinach Pie

This Sausage and Spinach Pie is packed with the goodness of spinach. A lot of spinach. 


Sausage and Spinach Pie

There are two pounds of fresh spinach in this spinach and sausage pie. That's a quarter pound per serving. There are also leeks, eggs, and milk. This is a simple crustless pie that can be served for breakfast or brunch. If you omit the sausage, it would make an excellent side dish for dinner.

I used Italian sausage in this spinach pie, but you could use breakfast sausage, or even ground beef. You could also omit the meat altogether to make it vegetarian. This is a really easy dish to make, and would be delicious for Easter Brunch.

Sausage and Spinach Pie

You can bake this spinach pie in a round or rectangular two-quart dish. You could also make it in advance and bake it the next day, which makes it great for brunch for a crowd.

P.S. It's low carb, nutritious, and delicious.

To make this dish, you sauté the leeks, and then add the spinach and then wilt the spinach in the same skillet. Once you've combined the vegetables with the eggs and the milk, you puree the mixture either in a blender or with an immersion blender.

If you like spinach, you should try this Spinach and Olive Focaccia, these Pepperoni Pizza Spinach Squares, and this Bacon and Sheet Pan Quiche. For my favorite breakfast dish ever, try this Mexican Breakfast Casserole.

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After the recipe, there are over 15 links to more recipes for Easter!

Yield: 8 servings

Sausage and Spinach Pie

ingredients:


  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 2 medium leeks
  • 2 tablespoons butter, salted or unsalted
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 pounds fresh spinach, stemmed and triple washed
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

instructions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and spray a two quart casserole with spray oil. In a large skillet, sauté the sausage until fully cooked. Drain, and set aside. Wipe out the skillet. 
  2. Cut off the green parts of the leeks, and cut the white parts lengthwise into quarters. Swirl the leeks in a large bowl of water until they are cleaned. Drain on paper towels and then chop into small pieces. 
  3. Melt the butter in the skillet. Sauté the leeks with some salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent. 
  4. Chop the spinach into smaller pieces. Once the leeks are ready, add the spinach in batches while covering with the pan lid until each batch wilts. Add more spinach, sprinkling with salt and pepper as you go. Add the crushed red pepper and nutmeg to the final batch. 
  5. Once all of the spinach is wilted and most of the liquid has evaporated, transfer the spinach and leeks to a bowl to let cool. 
  6. Whisk in the milk and the eggs. Using a blender or immersion blender, puree the mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  7. Spread the sausage over the bottom of the baking dish. Pour the spinach and egg puree over the sausage. Sprinkle the top evenly with the Parmesan cheese. 
  8. Bake for 45 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature. 
This recipe was adapted from David Lebovitz, who adapted it from A Platter of Figs by David Tanis and Alice Waters.


Sausage and Spinach Pie
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16 comments:

  1. Karen! Wow...this is Springy, beautiful, and nutritious. I can't wait to try this.

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    1. Thanks Camilla! It's really good.

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  2. I love spinach pie. I have never tried putting meat in it. Can't wait to try it.

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    1. It adds a nice richness. Thanks Wendy!

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  3. I love spinach pie! It's so good. I love that you added sausage with it. I think spinach and sausage are a perfect pair.

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  4. This looks fabulous! I suddenly have an urge to use it as a savoury filling for a pastry like Nazook! (J'adore spinach pie.)

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    1. Oooh. This would be awesome in nazook!

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  5. Good and good for you. I like that is low carb, perfect if you follow the keto diet. And that green color is just so beautiful. Could be a St. Patrick's dish as well. :)

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  6. I love how much spinach you end up getting in a serving when it's in pies like this. It sounds delicious!

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  7. There aren't nearly enough spinach recipes in the world! This one has me drooling! I also love that there's no crust to worry about! Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck - Colleen

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    1. Thanks Colleen! It makes it so much easier.

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