Friday, April 20, 2012

Spinach and Feta Pastries

Spinach Feta Pastries

There was a tense situation occurring in the Jorth household this morning, and it wasn't pretty. Three people were standing around the last two remaining spinach and feta pastries left over from the previous night's dinner, and all were trying to claim them as their own for lunch that day.

"I had dibs on them last night", said the Tyger matter of factly. "I said if I liked them, then I would have them for my lunch, and I did like them. So they're mine!"

"Darn it, she's right", said Galumph. Looking sideways at his wife, he said "Quinces on porridge for breakfast, pastries for lunch, celery with cream cheese for recess and strawberries for snack - the kid's doing it hard."

"Oh yeah", laughed Jorth, resigning herself to a sandwich for lunch instead. "Real hard!"

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What? You want the recipe for pastries so good that your family might even come to blows over them? Allright, here 'tis:

250g packet frozen finely chopped spinach, thawed
100g feta, cubed
2 eggs
2 sheets frozen puff pastry, slightly thawed
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 - Preheat oven to 190 C.

2 - Squeeze out any moisture from the frozen spinach, then place into a bowl. Add 1 beaten egg, feta and nutmeg and mix to combine.

3 - Cut each sheet of pastry into four quarters. Brush the edge of each quarter with the other beaten egg. Place a spoonful of the spinach mixture into each quarter, and fold over, pressing edges together. Repeat with remaining quarters.

4 - Place the pastries on a baking tray, and brush with remaining egg. Cook
 for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

This is a great base recipe. I often add other ingredients, such as lentils, cooked cubed potato, roasted sweet potato or pumpkin, corn kernels, sun-dried tomatoes - pretty much anything hanging around the fridge! Walnuts are a lovely addition as well, but since the Tyger's school has a strict no-nut policy (and Tyger has a firm 'bring left-overs to school whenever I can' policy) I thought I'd best forgo them this time.

3 comments:

  1. Yum! I'm trying these this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!!

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  2. Thanks, I'm going to try this. Any way I can get my son to eat spinach is all right with me.

    Oddly he will eat bright green spinach soup (home-made), but he won't touch it any other way.

    These sound like they might be successful.

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  3. yes! i am ever in search of fresh reasons for an indoor boxing match. ;) these look fantastic; thank you, thank you for the recipe.

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