Spinach Cakes

This recipe comes from Elana's Pantry, the website of local cookbook author and Abbo CSA member Elana Amsterdam: “What do you do with the several pounds of spinach crowding out the other greens in the veggie drawer of my fridge? Spinach cake of course! I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do and that it solves your spinach harvest woes! This spinach recipe is based on Claudia Roden’s Tortino di Spinaci. She is my all-time favorite cookbook author."



  • 1 ½ pounds spinach, thoroughly washed, leave stems on if they are not tough
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • ½ cup currants
  • 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  1. Wilt spinach in a large covered saucepan, over low heat (do not add water) 5 minutes, until tender.
  2. Drain and cool, then gently squeeze moisture out of spinach.
  3. Place spinach in food processor and pulse until coarsely blended, then set aside.
  4. In a small skillet, warm 3 tablespoons oil, add pine nuts and saute until golden brown.
  5. Add garlic to pan of pine nuts and saute together an additional minute.
  6. In a large bowl, combine pine nuts mixture, blended spinach, eggs, currants and salt.
  7. Spread mixture into a greased 10×7 inched pyrex baking dish.
  8. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
  9. Serve.


Makes 12 spinach cakes

Did you know?

Organic farmers and experts in India organized to address the agriculture crisis facing the nation's 700 million farmers. Poor yields, degraded soils, and expensive chemical inputs arising from the cultivation of pesticide intensive crops, including genetically engineered cotton, have devastated India's rural economy. Crop failures and crushing debt led over 300 Indian farmers to commit suicide between May and July. To address this crisis, farmers from all over the country joined together August 2, 2006 to create the "Organic Vision 2020," a long term strategy to shift the country's farming focus back to ecological and traditional organic practices.

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"I believe that the great Creator has put ores and oil on this earth to give us a breathing spell. As we exhaust them, we must be prepared to fall back on our farms, which is God's true storehouse and can never be exhausted. We can learn to synthesize material for every human need from things that grow."
~George Washington Carver
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