I had a bunch of CSA greens that needed to be used this week, so I decided to make a lazy spinach pie. This is a lazy recipe because it only 5 ingredients: greens, half an onion, mozzarella, pam, phyllo dough and parmesan cheese. You could actually get by without the parmesan, to be honest. It is a simple recipe that involves thawing the phyllo, rolling it out stuffing it, rolling it up and baking it. Hawth pawth, as the Welsh say.
So, I sprayed my cookie sheet with pam (so that nothing would stick) and rolled out the phyllo dough. I preheated my oven to 350F. Then I destemmed and unribbed my greens (I tossed a little kale in with my spinach). After that I shredded the leaves into bite sized little pieces. I filled the center of the phyllo sheets with the greens. I then chopped an onion into slices and put slices on top of the greens.
Onto that, I layered slices of mozzarella.
I haphazardly pulled in the edges of the phyllo dough to the top of the bundle, making what looked like one giant pasty or calzone or log of stuffed goodness. I then sprinkled on a little parmesan cheese for good measure.
This had originally been designated a dinner item on the menu, but I couldn’t get my oven to work one night this week. It is hard to bake something if the pilot won’t actually light and you can’t get it to light manually, either. So, I saved it, all wrapped up and ready to go until the morning, in case in magically decided to work. It did. I have a finicky oven. I let it bake for about 15 minutes, until it started to smell spinachy and baked-goody in my apartment. I then had a slice of it for breakfast along with a fried egg.
I’d imagine that there are many recipes like this one out on the internet that require more spices, oil and/or butter and sautéing of greens, but I was in the mood for something simple and delicious and that is just what I made.
One package of store-bought phyllo dough, thawed
2 cups spinach or other green
Half an onion, sliced into strips
4 or 5 generous slices of mozzarella cheese
A pinch of parmesan (optional)
Pam cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Spray a cookie sheet with Pam.
- Roll out phyllo dough on the cookie sheet.
- Destem and unrib greens; tear leaves into bite sized pieces and put the greens in the center of the phyllo dough
- Gather edges in on the top, making a pasty/calzone/loaf shape
- Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, if using
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, until outside is golden brown
- Enjoy the pants off of it