April 19, 2008

My Contribution to the 1st Seder {Spinach Pie}

One of the first recipes shared with me after my Husband proposed was for Spinach Pie. His Aunt gave us a Passover cookbook and a beautiful Seder Plate as our engagement gift. Inside the cookbook was a photocopy of this recipe. Apparently, my Husband had a tendency towards being picky at holiday meals and this was one thing that he was guaranteed to eat so, it always makes an appearance.
Spinach Pie-1
The first time Aunt S. allowed me to bring something to Passover it was this dish. She used to prepare the entire meal herself, but in the last few years she does allow the rest of us to bring something to the table. I must say I enjoy holiday meals more when everyone brings something. Everyone has a specialty for the holiday and it's nice to see those dishes each year. I am very much a creature of habit and tradition when it comes to holidays, so I love seeing the same dishes appear that are special to each holiday.
Spinach Pie-2

We were lucky enough to enjoy many wonderful dishes last night. While reading the Haggadah (the story of Passover), we began with bites of matzah that had a bit of choroset (symbolizes the mortar used by the slaves in Egypt), horseradish (symbolizes the bitterness of slavery) and parsely (symbolizes the fruit of the Earth). Once we finished with the reading of the story, the main meal began. We had gelfilte fish, while my Oldest enjoyed it my Youngest was happier waiting for the Matzah Ball Soup. You would think that could be a meal in itself, right? Well, it did not stop there! Next, was a Chicken Piccata (made with matzah meal, not flour), brisket, mashed potatoes, apple kugel, vegetable kugel, spinach pie, Claremont salad, cranberry sauce, carrot souffle... and, I may be missing something else as there was so much on the table that I am sure I forgot something wonderful.

We always finish off a holiday meal with something sweet. We were also celebrating Cousin E's birthday, so we had a special cake for her. Also, we have a budding chef in our midst, Cousin J made brownies for us all to enjoy as well. Overall, it was a really nice holiday spending it with family.


Passover Spinach Pie

Source: adapted from Anita Brenner (not sure of the cookbook title)

Ingredients

  • 1 (10 oz.) packages of frozen chopped spinach
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 16 oz. cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup matzah meal
  • 3 eggs, well-beaten
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste 

Directions
  1. Cook and drain the spinach. Add all remaining ingredients and blend well. Place in either an ungreased 9-inch pie plate or a 8x10 (approximately) baking pan.
  2. Bake uncovered 40-45 minutes in a 375 degree oven.
  3. This can be made in advance and kept in the fridge until ready to serve. Just reheat until warmed up.

4 comments:

Vicarious Foodie said...

What a nice tradition. Your dish looks really yummy!

Patsyk said...

Thanks! It's something that also works well for other holidays, like Thanksgiving.

laura said...

Is your husband Sephardic? This is a Sephardic dish called Quasado de Spinaca and it is sooooo very good. Sometimes (not during Passover) I add a cup of cooked elbow pasta instead of crackers/matzoh before baking. Make sure you get some more Sephardic recipes from his side of the family...the food rocks.

Valerie said...

This looks so good. I love spinach. I copied the recipe and hope to make it soon.

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