This family-friendly dish originated in France and can be changed or modified fairly easily. It can be served for any meal, or as a hors d’oeuvre. Try experimenting with different cheeses or vegetables, or adding in bacon or ham. 

  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 10-oz package fresh spinach, washed, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1 6-oz can artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1 6-oz package feta, crumbled (also try herb and garlic feta)
  • 1 8-oz package sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 9-inch unbaked deep dish pie crust
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and sauté until lightly browned, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Stir in the spinach, artichoke hearts, feta, and about ½ of the cheddar. Stir for just a minute, and then remove from heat. Add salt and pepper to taste, and spoon the mixture into the pie crust.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour into the pie crust, allowing the egg mixture to combine with the spinach mixture. Shake or tilt the pie crust gently until evenly distributed.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, and then sprinkle the remaining cheddar on top. Bake an additional 35-40 minutes, until the center is set. Allow to stand for 10 minutes.

Makes 6 servings


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Huevos verdes con jamón / Green Eggs and Ham (English or Spanish)
by Dr. Seuss, translated by Aída E. Marcuse
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Two eggs, please.
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At this busy diner, everyone wants two eggs, please — but they all want the eggs different ways! Learn about their requests: scrambled, fried, and even raw!

Pancakes for Breakfast
by Tommie dePaola
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Talking Eggs
by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney 
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Rechenka's Eggs
by Patricia Polacco
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Big Cheese for the White House: The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar
by Candace Fleming, illustrated by S. D. Schindler 
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