Nettle and feta cheese pie

Nettle and feta cheese pie

Nettle and feta cheese pie

Posted a photo of last nights nettle and feta cheese pie on Facebook, and got asked for the recipe. Figured I might as well share it, because it is really yummy! Luckily, I picked a lot of nettles this summer, quickly dipped in boiling water and then froze in ”enough for one pie”-portions. Since I cleaned out the freezer the other day I took one of those portions out and made this pie.

Here’s the recipe, starting with the crust:
100 grams of butter
2,5 dl of flour
1 ml of baking soda
1 ml of salt

Melt the butter.
Mix 2,5 dl flour with 1 ml baking soda and 1 ml salt and pour into the pan with melted butter. Quickly mix it all together (and add a wee bit more flour if needed) and then put the dough into a baking pan (that you don’t have to coat with butter first). Pat it all out, on bottom and sides, and pre-bake for 10 minutes in 200 degree C.

Now for the filling:
1 pack of feta cheese (around 200 grams)
Onion (optional, garlic works well also)
Blanched, well-sqeezed and chopped nettles
4-5 eggs
2-3 dl milk

I chopped 1 pack of feta cheese and half an onion (finely diced). Place in the pre-baked pie crust. Pour over the mix of lightly beaten eggs, milk and some pepper. Pop pan in oven for 30-40 minutes at 200 degrees C. Today I added some baby spinach leaves onto the feta cheese before pouring over the egg mix.

Eat and enjoy, preferably with a green salad on the side.

As you can tell, it’s a recipe that varies every time I do it, and usually, it turns out really nice. Today I used onion for the first time, normally I do a clove or two of garlic. And if you don’t have any nettles, making the pie with goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria in Latin, kirskål in Swedish) works really well also!

Right now I long for summer, so I can pick more nettles and goutweed, neither of which I have growing in my garden, to my great sorrow. (And yeah, I know, most people would kill to be rid of it….) What’s your favorite recipe with nettles and/or goutweed?

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