With the holidays heavily upon us, I thought we could all use a recipe a little more focused on the vegetables. Oh, who am I kidding? Yes, spinach is the main ingredient here, but it is sauteed in butter and mixed with cheese and prosciutto (as every meal should be).
This spinach pie, erbazzone, is a recipe that is traditional in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. Specifically, it is often attributed to Parma, which is not surprising given Parma's delicious prosciutto and parmigiana cheese. It is sometimes made with different greens, so you have some leeway here if you would rather use swiss chard or some other savory green. Prosciutto is not always put inside the pie, but I've never had a recipe brought to ruin by the addition of some prosciutto, so I didn't feel too bad about adding it. Enjoy!
Adapted from Academia Barilla
Two 9 inch pie crusts
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
20 ounces spinach, frozen and thawed or about 2 pounds, fresh and wilted
6 slices prosciutto, diced
3/4 cup parmigiano regiano
Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9" pie dish. Place one of the pie crusts in the bottom of the pie dish.
- In a saute pan, melt the butter. Add the olive oil and garlic. Saute about two minutes until the garlic is golden in color. Add the spinach and saute another two minutes until warmed through.
- Put the spinach mixture into a bowl and mix together with the prosciutto and parmigiano. Stir to combine well. Add salt and peper to taste.
- Fill the pie shell with the spinach mixture. Cover with the second pie shell. Trim off excess dough. Poke the top of the pie with a fork several times to let air escape.
- Use a fork to stir the egg in a bowl. Brush the top of the pie with the egg. Sprinkle with some extra parmigiano. Place pie in the oven and cook as directed for your pie crusts or until the pie crust is golden brown, about 25 minutes.
Ryan's rating of Erbazzone -3. Not bad, but I think if Dominic could give a rating as well it would be a 5. After all, he did eat two full pieces for lunch the next day!
1 - Awful. If you make this again I'll shove a fork in my eye.
2 - Meh. It's not my favorite, but I won't threaten self-harm if it shows up again.
3 - Good. I wouldn't feel forced to order a pizza behind your back.
4 - Great! I will fight you for the leftovers.
5 - Love it! Make it again tomorrow. Or immediately and I will bathe in it.