I'm always looking for new and original recipes to inspire me. When I first saw this recipe, I knew I just had to try it. I adapted it to my taste and here it is!
For 8 Person(s)
For the Dough:
- 1 pound all purpose flour
- 3 ounces extra virgin olive oil
- 6 ounces warm dry white wine
- 2 teaspoon salt
- little water-only if needed!
For the Filling:
- 12 ounces cooked spinach
- 12 ounces ricotta cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- salt & pepper
- a dash of nutmeg
- plain bread crumbs
- Mix all the ingredients for the dough and work it until smooth and it has an even consistency (with a mixer or by hand- note: If the dough is too dry, add a little water).
- Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rest while preparing the filling.
- Cook the spinach and squeeze out the extra water.
- Chop it with a sharp knife.
- Mix it with the ricotta cheese.
- Add the egg.
- Add the grated cheese, salt and pepper plus nutmeg.
- Make sure all ingredients are mixed well together.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Divide the dough in two.
- Make two circles (12" each) using a rolling pin.
- Place the 1st circle on parchment paper.
- Spread some breadcrumbs on it.
- Place part of the filling in the center of the circle.
- Place the remaining filling in a ring around the center circle (close to the edges of dough-picture the planet Saturn when doing this! :) )
- Cover it with the 2nd circle of dough.
- Moisten and seal the borders using a fork.
- Place a small bowl over the filled bump in the center.
- Using a sharp knife cut the outside ring in 1" slices.
- Turn each slice on its side (the filling becomes visible).
- Remove bowl over center and poke gently with a fork..
- Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven at 375F.
The Cooking with Nonna Cookbook
This is a wonderful appetizer. It looks great on a buffet table or as a centerpiece to your dinner table. Mine took 30 minutes to cook but use your own judgement according to your oven. Final color should be lightly golden. The picture I included here is of the pastry before going into the oven. After it came out, I didn't have time to take a picture since my guests dug right in! :)