Eat Your Spinach, Popeye
Last week, I had a spinach salad for lunch almost every day. Sooooo, this week, I had to find some variety before I lost it.
When I made the meal plan, I thought I was going to make a spinach and rice casserole with chicken on one night and a spinach and sausage tart on a different night. Well, so much for those plans! And, as it turns out, it was a good thing.
Neither of the recipes went as planned. It is a really good thing that I am not much of a stickler for following a recipe and know how to wing it.
I was going to post full recipes for these but … well … I don’t exactly remember all of the measurements or changes. Ooops.
In essence, the spinach and rice casserole is based on the standard recipe but has green garlic sauteed in butter added and a little bit of cream to help it bind. I also sprayed the pan with Pam to keep it from sticking.
The tart is so far away from the start that I might just make up a new recipe. I started with those pre-made pie crusts. (I find this so much less stressful. It is a short cut that I always take.) Cook one pie crust but not all the way. Sauteed green garlic in butter, italian sausage (cooked and crumbled), chopped spinach lightly sauteed with everything else at the last minute. Take off heat, let cool. Then, mix in about a cup of feta with a beaten egg. Pour mixture into pie crust. Sprinkle with parmesan. Brown in the oven.
Hindsight being what it is, I am thinking that some fresh tomatoes would have been just right to balance the salty of this ‘tart.’ Keep that in mind. I also used a liberal grind of fresh cracked pepper. I like pepper.
Here’s a little extra food porn to round this post out:
I know that was a lot of cheese and butter … I did get some greens in there, though.
Ever have a near disaster turn out this good?