Spinach Sun Appetizer

I had no idea what to call this thing but as you can tell, it makes for a great party dish! With the spinach and feta, it's basically the Greek dish 'Spanakopita' except that I also added Ricotta because I needed to have at least one Italian ingredient in there!

I am a HUGE fan of puff pastry. There are so many different ways to use it and I actually love using it for savory dishes even more than sweets. Unless of course there's Nutella involved - that usually trumps everything. (Speaking of which, check out my Christmas pastry trees if you like Nutella + Puff pastry).

This was my contribution for Easter Sunday, which I spent at Al's family's house. It was perfect because everyone can just grab a 'ray'. Al's Aunt made my Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb as the main entree, which was delicious! I think it was actually better than the one I made!

Comment below and let me know what you think of this recipe, or if you decide to fill it differently! Personally I think cheese and salami would be delicious ;-)

SPINACH RICOTTA PASTRY INGREDIENTS:

2 sheets of puff pastry

2 tbs olive oil

2 cups frozen spinach

1 shallot, chopped

1 clove of garlic

1/2 cup ricotta

1/2 cup feta cheese

pinch of nutmeg

salt & pepper

METHOD:

  • Heat olive oil in the pan and saute shallot and garlic for a minute or two. Add the frozen spinach and cook until the spinach is thawed and fully cooked, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool

  • In a bowl, mix the ricotta, feta, nutmeg and salt and pepper. Once the spinach has cooled, add it to the cheese mixture and mix thoroughly

  • Preheat the oven to 350

  • Bring the puff pastry to room temperature and roll one out at a time on a cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper)

  • Spoon the spinach mixture onto the puff pastry and spread evenly into two circles (like above image). Top with the second sheet of pastry

  • Cut the puff pastry in a circle framing the stuffing. Using a fork, attach the borders. Cut the border into 3 cm slices and then twist each slice about 90 degrees. Spread the egg wash all over the puff pastry and sprinkle with sesame seeds

  • Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.

  • Serve warm and enjoy!

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