The Perfect Picnic Pie

Spinach_feta_pie_1

There is a small organic food store a few blocks from where we live. Apart from always having really nice fresh herbs and vegetables they also sell Turkish filo pastry hand pies called Börek, filled with spinach and feta cheese (similar to the Greek Spanakopita). And delicious mini baklavas. They make them daily and sell them waaaay too cheap. Almost everyone who visits their store leaves with a Börek in their hand and a baklawa tucked down in their bag. Us included. It is impossible not to. Every time we’ve been munching on them we’ve talked about making something similar at home. A few weeks ago we finally did.

Instead of going down the filo pastry route, we used the flavors from the Börek in a more westernized type of pie. The crust was made from ground oats and almond flour and turned out very light and delicious. We bought feta cheese from the same food store. Even though we are not cheese connoisseurs we can definitely recommend trying a better quality feta cheese than regular pre-packed store cheese. It certainly makes a difference. The pie turned out so much tastier than we expected. Full of flavor, rich but not too heavy. It is the perfect dish to bring on a picnic or a potluck, since it is just as good hot as it is cold. We recommend serving it with a simple tomato salad. The freshness from the tomatoes balances the richness of the pie perfectly.

If you are more curious about our neighborhoods we should add that we are working on a food guide to our favorite places in Stockholm. Or at least around the area where we live. So stay tuned for that.

Spinach_feta_pie_2

Spinach and Feta Pie with an Oat Crust
Serves 4-8, depending on how large pieces you crave

For the crust
1/2 cup (65 g) gluten-free oat flour (buy or simply ground rolled oats in a mortar or food processor)
1/3 cup (45 g) ground almond flour
2 tbsp corn starch
½ tsp sea salt
3 tbsp cold-pressed coconut oil or organic butter
3 tbsp ice-cold water

For the filling
3 eggs
5 1/2 oz (150 g) feta cheese 
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp red chilli flakes
½ tsp grated nutmeg
2 tbsp olive oil
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1 garlic clove 
2 cups (150 g) fresh spinach, firmly packed 
Salt and black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Combine the oat and almond flours, cornflour and sea salt in a bowl. Add the coconut oil and ice-cold water. With your hands, work the dry ingredients towards the centre until a dough forms. Gather the dough into a ball, wrap in bee wax ‘paper’ or place it in a bowl and cover with a plate, then chill for about 30 minutes.

Press the dough evenly into a 20cm / 8 inch tart case. Trim the dough flush with the edge of the case. Prick the bottom with a fork and blind bake for about 10 minutes. Reduce the oven to 170C/325F/gas mark 3.

Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl, whisk for 30 seconds, then crumble in the feta cheese. Stir in the oregano, chilli flakes, nutmeg and a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan on a medium-high heat. Add the spring onions and garlic and fry for about 3 minutes until golden. Add half of the spinach and a pinch of salt. Stir the spinach gently until it wilts, then add the rest and keep on stirring until wilted. Remove from the heat and pour into the mixing bowl containing the egg and cheese mixture. Stir well until everything is combined.

Spoon the filling into the crust. Bake for about 30 minutes until the filling is firm and golden. Let it cool for a while before serving.

__________

This recipes was first published in The Guardian’s article The 10 Best Picnic Recipes.

77 Comments

  • Gillian Wheeler
    You could substitute the oregano for mint- delicious
  • I made this on the weekend for Mothers day, its was fantastic... i did a few changes to suit what was in the fridge, i added rainbow chard and kale with the spinach, and i added some roast pumpkin, and i used cottage cheese....all worked beautifully ! thank you , the crust and the pipe were perfect consistency
  • Henni
    Hi! I'll do this tonight. This recipe looks amazing! Is there anything I can use instead of spinach? I can't find fresh spinach this time of the year. :( Has anyone tried kale for instance?
  • I just wanted to thank you, I love and admire your blog, it's authenticity, it's gorgeous posts, the travels you take and of course your incredible recipes!! I have made this at least ten times and it's always wonderful. I plan to blog about it tomorrow as well!! Tak! xox
  • Sarah
    This looks so yummy! Can I leave the corn starch out?
  • Just made and ate this. Delicious, but I would reduce the amount of red pepper and feta next time, maybe add another 1/2 cup of spinach. Thanks for another inspiring recipe.
  • Mariam
    Wow you guys, this recipe reaaallyy impressed! I made it for my family and my brother who loves his meat and junk food asked me "is it healthy, because it's so good there's no way it is!"! My parents also loved it and my amazing chef of a mother even asked for the recipe! Thank you so much!Also, I doubled the recipe because the first time I tried it it made a really small amount and I added extra spinach because I had some that needed to be used, I just chopped it first.
  • Yasmina
    THIS PIE!
  • kyriaki
    thank you for this tasty pie.. I have to say that no extra pitch of salt was needed after all! The salty feta was enough..
  • That pie really looks amazing. Can't wait to try it on my own. Greets Franziska aka In der Tarte
  • Thanks for sharing the crust recipe, I had a try a couple of weeks ago and I can say for sure it's delicious!!!
  • Geena
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It was so delicious. I can't wait to try your other recipes :)
  • sash
    making this now, smells great, I cut it down as making for 2 and would make more crust next time as it didn't seem to go far
  • Stephie
    Thankyou thankyou THANKYOU for including the conversions! Makes it so much less stressful - the cups-to-grams tables I look for online never seem to match up. Made this a few times and love it.
  • One of the most delicious pastries ever! I also used kale...I highly recommend trying this pie!
  • Malin
    Absolutely delicious! Even my father, who is very sceptical when it comes to vegetarian food, thought it was particularly flavoursome and tasty! And the crust was just as crunchy as you want it to be ;)
  • Irina
    I just made it - soooo delicious! Thank you for the recipe :)
  • Pat
    Got all the ingredients but forgot the spinach of all things! I used the Kale I had from my friend's garden. This recipe is absolutely delicious! I can't wait to make it again with spinach.
  • Wow das sieht grandios aus.. da tropft mir direkt der zahn! Wird sobald wie etwas zeit haben nach gebacken! grüße andre
  • Shalene
    Lovely! I've recently discovered I have an almond intolerance. What would you recommend subbing for the almond flour? Would organic corn meal work?
  • Melbourne
    Love this receipe, but I'm hopeless with creating crust pastry. Other than using filo pasty, what else could I use? I've never come across a healthy alternative to it. Thanks
  • Delicious - my first GF crust and I love it. The coconut flavor is so rich and perfumed. The crust was a little crumbly...did I not chill it enough? But otherwise perfect. I like the little kick from the red pepper flakes. I used an extra egg, goat cheese, lemon zest and arugula and it was lovely. I can't wait to have another slice for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.
  • Beautiful presentation as usual :)
  • Vero
    HI! I love your recipes! they are AMAZING!!! I can't cook anything with almonds, what can I use to replace them?? THANK YOU!!!!
  • Bianca
    Made this tonight and it was amazing!! I have been a silent follower of your blog for a while now; just want to say thank you so much - you inspire me and make meal times very special! Looking forward to ordering your book for my mum and I. Sending love from Australia xx
  • Candela
    Yesterday I received the book.It's absolutly beautifull,inspiring,mouthwatering!! LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your book! Thank you so much for this present. (It'll be my present for friends too) And this tart sound delicious. ;)
  • Katie
    Just made this and it was SO good! My kids and I loved it. I've missed spanakopita since having to go gluten free and this is a perfect substitute; even better. Thanks for the great recipes!
  • Sandra
    Very good! I made this tonight and enjoyed it even in a tart pan larger than suggested. Thank you for continuing to share good recipes!
  • This was delicious!!! I made 2 different variations: 1. asian green mix with mozzarella and basil 2. sweet potato, swiss chard and parsley both versions were so good! Thanks for the idea. :) Christine

Leave a comment