Chef Ararat’s Spinach Pie Goes Dairy Free
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1 ready-made pie crust
1 lb fresh spinach
1½ cup Full Fat Oatly, *option to make it cultured, see note below
¼ cup nutritional yeast
Ground black pepper
What you’ll need: One blender. Also one oven, in case that wasn’t obvious.
Step 1 If frozen, thaw your ready-made pie crust. Preheat your oven to 350ºF/180ºC.
Step 2 Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and generously salt the water. Have at the ready a large bowl filled with ice water.
Step 3 The spinach part! Wash and trim the ends of the spinach if necessary. Add the spinach to the boiling water and stir to submerge it, blanching for a few seconds until the spinach turns bright green. Drain the spinach in a colander and immediately drop it into the ice water bath. Once cool, drain the spinach again and form into a ball, squeezing as much water out as you can. You should be left with about a softball's worth of spinach.
Step 4 Add the spinach to the blender, along with the Full Fat Oat Drink, nutritional yeast, and salt and pepper to taste. Blend 30-40 seconds until smooth.
Step 5 Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake on the middle rack of your oven for 30 minutes, rotating at the halfway point, until the crust is golden brown.
Step 6 Serve warm or at room temperature—your call.
*Cultured Full Fat Oatly
2 cups Full Fat Oatly
3 tablespoons Oatgurt
In a pot, bring Full Fat Oatly to a low boil and let simmer for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Add the Oatgurt and stir to combine.
Pour the mixture into a clean jar with a lid and let sit for 6-8 hours or overnight in a warm spot, away from direct sunlight. The next day, transfer the jar to the fridge until it’s ready to use.
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