Monday, December 22, 2014

At Home: Spinach Pie Wreath

My in-laws host a Christmas Eve party every year.  I usually help make appetizers for people to nibble on while they are mingling with each other.  Last year, while searching for inspiration, I stumbled upon this cute picture on Pinterest and had to recreate it.  I thought the green colors of the spinach looked like a wreath and I added the marinara sauce for that holiday red.  Check out my version of Spinach Pie Wreath next on What Micky Eats...At Home.   The wreath yields 18 - 24 pieces, depending on how big your circle is. 

Spinach Pie Wreath (Adapted from Italian Chips)
  • 1 package of prepared pie crust (2 pieces)
  • 12 oz. frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • breadcrumbs

- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix spinach and cheeses together and season with salt and pepper.
- Spread breadcrumbs onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Separate the pie crust pieces and roll out first dough circle onto paper.
- Place the spinach stuffing in a circle around the dough, as seen on the photos.
- Cover it with the second circle of dough.
- Wet the borders and attach one to another using a fork. trim any excess dough away.
- Place a small bowl over the central to help you keep the shape.
- Using a sharp knife cut the borders in 1½ inch slices. Turn them upside 90°. Continue all around.
- Bake for 30 minutes until dough is golden brown.
- Serve immediately with warm marinara sauce in the middle of the wreath.

My wreath came out very rustic looking, but each piece was easy to tear off and dip into the marinara sauce.  I was kind of rushing to make this so didn't spend that much time making a perfect circle nor flipping each piece over nicely.  Regardless, everyone loved this appetizer and I'm already thinking of other variations to make.  The breadcrumbs on the bottom helped prevent each piece from sticking to the paper.  You could also add some breadcrumbs inside with the filling if yours is too wet, but I didn't need to do that.  Overall, this was an easy appetizer and a great crowd pleaser. You don't have to wait for the holidays to make this appetizer. The steps are so easy that you can make it anytime of the year!

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