Tag Archives: Spinach

Christmas Morning: Spinach Pie

31 Dec

Christmas Eve is usually the big Capasso meal.  Which means we like to scale it back on Christmas morning (sort of).  Spinach pie combines veggies and eggs in a handheld snack that’s easy to hold while you’re opening presents.  And it’s so easy, a 19-month old can help you prepare it!

SPINACH PIE
1 garlic clove, crushed
2T olive oil
2 10oz packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/2lb mozzarella cheese, cubed (use the brick cheese, not a fresh ball)
1/4C Parmesan cheese, grated
8 eggs, beaten
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 unbaked 10-inch pie crust

Swish garlic in heated olive oil. Remove from skillet and add spinach, stirring to coat with oil. Combine eggs, cheeses, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add spinach and stir to blend. Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Cool, slice and serve.

See? I told you a 19-month old could do it. Mangia!

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Popo’s Breakfast: Fried Spinach With Eggs

11 Dec

My grandfather, Frank Capasso, was many things.  A professional baseball player and bus driver.  Handsome, loud, fastidious and opinionated.  He loved being the center of attention and mowing the lawn.  He also loved breakfast– up until he died last March, he had a standing weekly breakfast with his friend Ron that lasted 40 years.  And that’s not even counting the constant fried potatoes T turned out for him on Eldorado Court.  As a child, I was always fascinated and repulsed by one thing he did in particular while eating his favorite meal.  He loved putting ketchup on his eggs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know, I know, apparently he’s not alone… but, yikes.  So this Sunday morning, I encourage you to have an old-school meal, cook up a few eggs and have a Popo-style brunch.  Ketchup most definitely not required.

FRIED SPINACH WITH EGGS (Serves 4)
2C freshly cooked spinach
3T olive oil
4 eggs, beaten
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4C Italian bread crumbs (recipe posted 11/18/11)

Squeeze most of the liquid from the cooked spinach.  Heat olive oil in skillet, add spinach and saute for a few minutes.  Combine eggs with salt, pepper and bread crumbs.  Pour over spinach and fry slowly until underside of omelet is set.  Place a plate over the skillet and flip omelet to the other side.  Slide back into the skillet and fry until egg is cooked through the center.

Mangia!