Spinach and Ricotta Pie


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Spinach and Ricotta Pie is a classic pizza pie, a whole meal pizza pie enclosing a filling of garlic, spinach, ricotta cheese, cheese and sultanas, baked and served warm.

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Did you know that the italian word pizza actually means a pie? some classic versions of pizzas have double crusts, are topped and baked similar to pies in large tins, and sliced for serving. The spinach and ricotta pie is a classic whole meal pizza pie of this genre, with an interesting filling of garlic, spinach, ricotta cheese, and sultanas. You can prepare this recipe ahead of time, but remember to warm it before serving.

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Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients


For The Crust
1/2 recipe wholemeal pizza base

For The Filling
2 cups finely chopped spinach (palak)
1 cup ricotta cheese or paneer (cottage cheese)
1/4 cup chopped onions
2 cloves of garlic (lehsun) , chopped
1 tbsp sultanas
1/2 cup cheese , grated
1/4 cup milk
a pinch of nutmeg (jaiphal) powder
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and to taste

For Glazing
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp butter

Method
For the filling

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan and sauté the onion till it turns translucent.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté for one minute.
  3. Add the spinach and sauté for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Add the ricotta cheese, sultanas, cheese and milk and mix well. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Roll the dough into 200 mm. (8”) diameter circle.
  2. Press the circle into a pie dish and prick with a fork on the bottom and sides.
  3. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°c (360°f) for 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Pour the filling over the baked pie and spread it evenly over it.
  5. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°c (400°f for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and glaze with the butter.
  7. Cut into wedges and serve hot
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 on 17 Feb 11 09:27 PM


Just delicious...all the flavours blend well ..great with a bowl of hot soup.