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I really enjoy spinach. If you have it, 1 pound fresh spinach which is about 4-6 cups packed, is about the same as 1 package of frozen spinach.

Popeye's Brownies- Spinach Pie

One 9" pie; double for 9x13 pan

12 oz package frozen, whole leaf spinach, thawed, squeezed dry and chopped
1/4 cup onion, chopped fine or grated OR 1/4 cup carrot or red bell pepper, grated
2 eggs, well beaten
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup celery, chopped

Thaw and press our liquid from spinach, chop. Mix remaining together and fold in spinach. Pour into greased 9 inch pie plate. To freeze, you can freeze flat in a freezer bag and thaw overnight in refrigertor, then pour into pie plate and bake. Or use foil pie plates. freeze andoverwrap. Or line the pie plate with plastic wrap, freeze, remove to a plastic freezer bag. Thaw before baking. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Cut in 6 wedges and serve.

To freeze after baking as an appetizer, bake a 9x13 pan. Remove and cool 45 min. Cut into 60 bite-sized squres, about 1" each. These freeze well. If frozen, reheat at 325 for 12 min.


Cold Spinach Yogurt Side Dish: Borani Esfanaaj

4 servings
This is an authentic Middle Eastern salad, very nice in warm weather or with a spicy main dish.

2 pounds fresh spinach
1 cup plain thick yogurt
2 onions, thinly sliced (red or sweet are very pretty)
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped OPTIONAL
2 tablespoons fruit olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Wash spinach and cut into small pieces. Fry onions and garlic in oil until just tender and slightly golden. Add spinach and saute together over medium heat until cooked. Let it cool down completely in the refrigerator.

Add salt and pepper to yogurt to taste and beat well until the yogurt is a free-flowing liquid. Add spinach to yogurt and mix well. The mix should be thick and homogeneous. This delicious side-dish is now ready to serve.


Sausage Spinach Balls with Vegetarian Variation

A hearty version of spinach bites. For best appearance, you need to chill overnight BEFORE baking, and they may be frozen after baking. For party food, serve with a spicy mustard.

2 12 oz packages frozen, whole leaf spinach, thawed, squeezed dry and chopped
2 cups crushed herb stuffing mix OR seasoned coarse dry Italian bread crumbs
1 cup Parmesan cheese
4 eggs, beaten
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 pound bulk pork or turkey Italian sausage, cooked and drained
OR 1 cup chopped seitan/ wheatmeat sausage with 2 fruity tablespoons olive oil
You can add a bit of crushed garlic if you are not going to freeze them

Combine all ingredients except sausage or seitan in a large bowl. If using pork sausage, remove casings from sausage and cook until no longer pink, crumbling with a fork, about 4 minutes. Add sausage and drippings to spinach mixture and combine well.

Shape into about 72 one inch balls and place on baking sheet. Cover and chill overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Serve hot.

May be frozen after baking. If frozen, reheat frozen at 325 for 12 min.