Greek Beef and Spinach Pie

This crustless beef and spinach pie combines the flavors of Greece into a comforting casserole that’s perfect for family dinners any night of the week. Plus it’s packed with veggies so it’s a nutrient dense way to nourish your family with flavors that they’ll love.

 

warm and bubbling casserole of greek style beef and spinach pie.

There is something almost magical about pulling a casserole out of the oven.
You just know that it’s going to be something warm and comforting. I also love the convenience of one dish to clean up after dinner (assuming did the rest of the clean up while it was in the oven).

Growing up I remember eating a lot of casseroles.
Did you? If so, what were some of your favorite casseroles?

But, looking back, most of those casseroles were as far from being AIP as possible….
creamy canned soups, rice, lots of cheese.

One of my favorites was a casserole we used to make all the time when we lived in Tanzania was something we simply called eggplant casserole. It was ground meat (we hunted for all our meat…so all organic and grass fed), onions and eggplant all cooked together. Then, mixed with milk soaked bread and topped with a ton of cheese. I managed to recreate when I was only gluten free, but even on my most creative day I couldn’t even start to recreate it to be AIP.

What’s a casserole lover to do?

beef and spinach pie on a white plate next to a full casserole dish

 

The other day I was wanting a casserole, but couldn’t think of what to make. So, I started thinking about what makes a good casserole. I thought of sauces and creamy comfort food and then I thought of layers. I looked around the kitchen and saw some beautiful sweet potatoes and that’s where the inspiration for this dish began.

Ground beef was seasoned with Greek flavors of oregano, garlic and cinnamon (among other things). Sweet potatoes were sliced. But it still needed something. And then I remembered a cauliflower alfredo-like sauce I made one time.

I wasn’t sure going in what it would taste like, but as soon as I had my first bite I knew I had to share it with you. And my hubby totally agreed.

For a complete meal, serve it with a simple cucumber, onion and black olive salad tossed in this dressing. And my hubby particularly loves it with a couple of slices of avocado.

A few other casserole recipes to try:

I also just noticed that all those dishes were cooked in the same casserole dish…. oops! Guess that’s real life right there. It’s the only one I have. 🙂

 

beef and spinach pie on a white plate ready to be served

 

It’s Beef and Spinach Pie Time…

 

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Greek Beef and Spinach Pie


  • Author: Bethany Darwin - Adventures in Partaking
  • Prep Time: 35 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 mins
  • Yield: 5-6 servings
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Greek

Description

This crustless beef and spinach pie combines the flavors of Greece into a comforting casserole that’s perfect for family dinners any night of the week. Plus it’s packed with veggies so it’s a nutrient dense way to nourish your family with flavors that they’ll love.


Ingredients

  • FOR THE SAUCE
  • 1 TBSP olive oil (divided)
  • Red onion – 1 medium sized ad thinly sliced
  • 1 TBSP garlic granules
  • 2 cups of cauliflower (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 tsp pink himalayan salt (divided)
  • 2 cups broth or water
  • FOR THE BEEF AND SPINACH
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 garlic cloves – crushed
  • 1 TBSP dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp clove powder
  • a cup of chopped white mushrooms
  • 1 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • 1 cup cooked & chopped spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • TO LAYER
  • 2 small or 3 medium sweet potatoes – thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion – halved and sliced
  • beef mixture
  • cauliflower sauce

Instructions

  1. Make the cauliflower sauce – rough chop 1 onion, heat 1 TBSP olive oil in sauce pan, add onion and saute til brown, add oregano, garlic, salt, cauliflower, broth (or water) and boil until cauliflower is fork tender, then puree with an immersion blender
  2. Make the beef/ spinach – while cauliflower is boiling, heat 1 TBSP olive oil in a large skillet and brown the beef. Once beef is almost brown, add garlic, chopped mushrooms, oregano, basil, cinnamon, cloves & salt. Once beef is browned, add spinach and water and cook until water is cooked off and mushrooms are brown
  3. Preheat oven to 375 F
  4. While beef is browning, peel and slice the sweet potatoes
  5. Layer the casserole – in a 9 x 13 casserole pan layer beef mixture, sweet potatoes, cauliflower sauce, beef mixture, sweet potatoes, cauliflower sauce, beef mixture, sweet potatoes, cauliflower sauce, until all ingredients are used up and casserole is full. Top with bits of a thinly sliced onion.
  6. Cover tightly and bake for 35 minutes
  7. Remove cover (foil) and bake for an additional 15 minutes until sweet potatoes are cooked through.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to set for 15 minutes before serving for sweet potatoes to absorb the sauces.
  9. Serve with slices of avocado and a simple green salad for a complete meal.

 

 

a full casserole of beef and spinach pie with a spoon ready to dish some up on a wooden table



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