From 1988 to 1997, I lived in Rhode Island in the upstairs 2nd floor of my grandparents’ 2 family home.
Rhode Island, like most places, has local cuisine not found in other places.
One of the treats I came to like, and now miss, was frozen lemonade. Whether you fancied Del’s or New England Lemonade, you lined up during lunch or your break for the sweet, frozen delight each summer. Personally, unlike a lot of Rhode Islanders, I preferred New England Lemonade. It had a better taste to me, but then, what do I know, I’m from Texas!
The other delicacy I miss is spinach pies, specifically, one from a little pizza place just around the corner from my grandparents’ home known as a Green Monster. Spinach pies, for the rest of the world outside of Rhode Island, can, I suppose, be described as a calzone. They also offered pepperoni pies. These delicious pies are like stuffed pizzas with crust on top and bottom, like a real pie.
Since leaving Rhode Island and going back to Texas, needless to say, these yummy foods are no longer available to me. I have not tried to recreate the frozen lemonade, but I have tried the spinach pies. They’re not exactly the same, but they satisfy my craving.
Here’s how I recreated the spinach pie and pepperoni pie. Note my pepperoni pie is basically my spinach pie minus the spinach and double the pepperoni. See photos at end of recipe for a more step-by-step visual.
12 oz pkg frozen spinach
1/2 to 1 tsp Mrs Dash Table Blend (to taste)
(or can use Italian Seasonings)
2 cans Pillsbury crescent sheet dough or pizza dough
Italian blend shredded cheese or mozzarella shredded cheese
Microwave steam bag
Cook spinach according to package directions or in microwave steam bag*. Drain spinach in strainer & press as much liquid out as possible.
- Line cookie sheet pan with non-stick foil or lightly spray regular foiled cookie sheet pan.
2. Dust pan lightly with flour.
2. Unroll dough onto foiled cookie sheet pan.
3. With fingers, spread dough out to corners or pan without tearing. (If tears, squeeze back together with fingers.)
4. Place 1/2 of spinach on 1/2 of dough leaving about 1 inch edge space.
5. Layer pepperoni on top of spinach.
6. Lightly sprinkle basil, oregano and parsley across pepperoni.
7. Top spinach and pepperoni with shredded cheese.
8. Pick up other 1/2 of dough and pull over top of spinach, pepperoni and cheese to close trying not to tear.
9. Squeeze edges together between fingers like a pie.
10. Squeeze any tears in dough together with fingers.
11. Lightly brush top of dough with olive oil.
12. Lightly sprinkle top with basil (optional)
13. 400* 15 min or until golden on top. Be careful of cooking too long on bottom. Periodically check bottom by gently lifting with spatula.
I like basil!
Cooking frozen spinach using microwave steam bag:
1. Split spinach in half.
2. Place frozen spinach in microwave steam bag.
3. Season with Mrs Dash.
4. Microwave spinach according to package directions for steam bag. (3-5 minutes depending on wattage of microwave.)