Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Spinach and Feta Tart

It should be part of cooking law - mix spinach and feta and you're guaranteed of success.

In this tart, I've used filo (or phyllo) pastry to make the shell. To add a little more flavour to the pastry after buttering each layer I've also sprinkled them with a little grated parmesan.


spinach and feta tart

Spinach and Feta Tart
[Makes a 20x28cm tart]

Filo/Phyllo pastry
melted butter, for the tart shell
1 bunch spinach, leaves picked, washed and dried
1 red onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
3 eggs
½ cup cream
½ cup milk
200 grams Feta (I used Dodoni Feta)
grated Parmesan

Make the filling:

Heat a little oil and a knob of butter in pan over a low heat and when the butter has melted add the onion. When the onion has softened but not coloured add the garlic. Continue to cook until the garlic has become translucent and then add the spinach.

Keep stirring until the spinach has wilted and then remove the pan from the heat. Let it cool before proceeding.

Make the tart base:

I used about 8 sheets of filo to form this base. Butter the sheet and lightly sprinkle it with a little finely grated parmesan. Place the next sheet over it and repeat the process until all 8 sheets are used.

Place the assembled sheets into the tart tin and mould it into shape.

Assemble the Tart:

Place the eggs, cream and milk into a bowl and lightly whisk until just amalgamated. Set aside.

Place the cooled filling into a bowl and break in half of the feta - stir vigorously to ensure it is mixed through. Taste and then add your seasoning. I found that there was enough salt in the feta so I didn't need to add any extra but I did add a little freshly ground white pepper.

Spoon this filling into the tart base and then crumble over with the rest of the feta. Keep the pieces of feta fairly random in size.

Pour in the egg mixture and then finish with a light sprinkle of parmesan.

Bake in a preheated 180°C/350°F oven for about 30 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

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Let it cool for a few minutes in the tart tin before removing.


spinach and feta tart



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13 comments:

  1. this sounds amazing -- i agree, anything that combines spinach and feta is bound to be a hit, but this looks exceptionally good!

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  2. Haalo, this is so delicious. I love spinach and cheese, and they are so good together!

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  3. This one's going on my "NEED to make very soon" list! You can never go wrong with spinach and feta.

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  4. I agree, spinach + feta = delicious!

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  5. I have this huge pile of spinach and could not figure out what to do with it...until now. Thanks for sharing, we'll be having this tonight.

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  6. Thanks Katy!

    Thanks Patricia - it's a perfect marriage of flavour.

    Very true Mari!

    Hi Kalyn - it is delicious and I should utilise the combination more frequently than I do

    Hope you enjoy it Nina!

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  7. yummers! that looks fantastic, and an excellent way to use the phyllo in my freezer!

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  8. My goodness this looks good Haalo. What a fabulous combination. What a fabulous lunch!

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  9. Thanks Kimberley.

    Thanks Dayna - I had some leftover and it made for a tasty lunch even when it was cold.

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  10. Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. It's beautiful! I served it with asparagus tips roasted in a little olive oil an sea salt, yum! I did need a salt because the supermarket brand I had wan't as salty as the more authentic ones.

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  12. Lovely to hear that Heather - your asparagus tips sound really delcious too!

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