Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Mini Spinach & Ricotta Pies • A Super Easy Recipe

I love the combination of spinach and cheese. Lately in my attempts to be a healthier person, I have cut down on my cheese intake and sadly can't even remember the last time I had a good cheesy dish. Trust me this is not an easy task, because I was an honorary member of the 'put extra cheese on everything and anything' club. So, I thought that making these mini spinach and ricotta pies would be the perfect thing to rekindle my relationship with a beloved ingredient
1 egg
1 chopped garlic clove
200 grams of ricotta ( I used extra light ricotta and it taste the same, ricotta cheese a lower fat alternative to other cheeses such as cheddar)
250 grams of spinach 
1/2 a chopped onion
3 puff pastry sheets

 Add the garlic and onion to a pan and mix for a minute or so (or until you have a sizzling noise) (make sure you don't cook until they turn a golden or brown colour)
 Once the garlic and onion has cooked in the pan for a few minutes add the spinach and mix well. Once mixed after another couple of minutes stop the cooker.
Mix the garlic, spinach and onion with the egg and ricotta in a bowl.
Cut the pastry into squares and mould them into the tin (the size of the squares will depend on the size of your cupcake or pie tin, but don't worry if the square is cut too small, just continue to cut more square pieces overlapping them, until the tin is full of pastry up to the rim. Understandably, this can look messy, but it won't once it's cooked)
Place a tablespoon of the mixture into the pastry cases
Again, cut the pastry into squares placing them on top of the mixture (like before, if the squares don't fit continue to cut and place strips of pastry until the top is covered perfectly. As you can see I have done that here.)
Place the tray in the oven for 8-12 minutes, depending on your oven or until golden on the top, at 200℃.
Enjoy :) 
Personally, tomato sause *ketchup* make it taste 100X better.

I really enjoyed concocting this basic and well known dish. Depending on your feelings towards it, it wouldn't hurt to add less spinach, if you aren't all that keen on it, because the recipe does provide a generous and almost equal ratio of cheese to spinach. 
Also, you can create a regular pie by doubling the ingredients by 2 except for the pastry, which remains the same, however this would need 20+ minutes in the oven.

I hope you attempt this recipe yourself and leave me your comments and thoughts below :)

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