Thursday, January 28, 2010

Little Spinach pies

I like Silver beet, so I grow quite a bit of it. It's a good value plant to have in the garden and it's tough, (you can't kill it with a baseball bat) out here we can grow it year round. As I'm not to worried about crop rotation I grow it wherever I have a hole. Because the roots store plenty of the carbohydrates necessary for additional leaf growth it can be quite denuded of leaves without a problem. Since we usually have way more than we can use fresh, I make it into little spinach pies and freeze them for a snack or quick meal. Just pull two or three out of the bag and into a hot oven for 10 minutes or if it's to hot for the oven, nuke them.

It's just a Spinach and feta fatayer recipe I have fiddled with a little. Fatayer are usually three cornered pies but since there is a bit of waste with cutting circles in the pastry I simply quarter the sheets and use a bit more filling.

500g fresh spinach or silver beet,
250g Persian feta
1 onion, finely chopped
2 big mushrooms
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
Good pinch Cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon lime juice or fresh lemon juice
Frozen puff pastry sheets

Blanch the spinach (no salt) then make sure that all the excess water is squeezed out, and roughly chop.
In a fry pan heat some olive oil; fry the onions and finely chopped mushrooms. Add the spinach, spice and lime juice and season with a little salt and pepper. Then add the broken up feta. Make sure all ingredients are mixed well then let the mixture cool.
Cut the puff pastry sheets into quarters and put about a heaped tablespoon of mix in the middle and fold in the corners.
Place the pies on a baking sheet and bake in a hot oven (200°C) for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

The heat has let up a bit over the last week so the garden has picked up a little. The tomato plants that where not looking to good have had a bit of pruning and are showing signs of life, we may get a few off them yet. I have some seedlings that are ready to go and if it stays cool for another week they will be planted out. The second lot of corn is holding up OK and it looks like we will get something there and, since the silver beet is doing fine I'm still getting my greens.


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