Crustless Spinach Pie

 

5 POINTS
per serving


 

Ingredients:

3 slices sourdough sandwich bread, torn into pieces
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 cup (120 ml) vegetable broth
About 3/4 cup (100 g) crumbled Gorgonzola or other blue-veined cheese
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 packages (about 10 oz./285 g each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 large egg
6 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups (360 ml) nonfat sour cream
1/4 cup (60 ml) smooth unsweetened applesauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Instructions:

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: About 50 minutes

In a blender or food processor, whirl bread to make coarse crumbs. Sprinkle 1/2 cup (23 g) of the crumbs evenly over bottom of a greased 1 1/2- to 2 1/2-quart (1.4- to 2.4-liter) baking dish or deep 9-inch (23-cm) pie pan. Set dish and remaining crumbs aside.

In a wide nonstick frying pan, combine onion, garlic, and 1/4 cup (60 ml) water. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until onion is soft (about 5 minutes); add water, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) at a time, if pan appears dry. Add broth and cheese; reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring, until cheese is melted. Sprinkle flour and white pepper over cheese mixture and stir until blended. Remove pan from heat and stir in spinach. In a medium-size bowl, whisk egg, egg whites, 1/2 cup (120 ml) of the sour cream, and applesauce until very well blended. Stir egg mixture into spinach mixture. Spoon into prepared dish; sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Bake in a 375 degree F (190 degree C) oven until edge of pie is browned and center feels firm when lightly pressed (about 40 minutes). Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining 1 cup (240 ml) sour cream, sugar, and nutmeg. Beat until smoothly blended. To serve, offer sour cream sauce to spoon over pie.

Yield: Makes 6 servings.
5 POINTS per serving

Nutrition information:
Per serving: 238 calories (29% calories from fat), 8 grams total fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 52 milligrams cholesterol, 606 milligrams sodium, 24 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 18 grams protein, 310 milligrams calcium, 3 milligrams iron