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Rustic Spinach & Ricotta Filo Pie Recipe

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Our garden has produced an abundance of silverbeet this past month, the rain has given it vitality. While I was picking the silverbeet leaves I discovered cluster-bug for the first time in our garden they were living in the more dense areas of leaves just at the base of the stalk. Recently at work I had a lesson about cluster-bug and learn’t the best tool to combat them organically. Yates Dipel kills caterpillars and a few other nasty insects but only them they do not ruin the eco-system of your garden critters. Only yesterday I bought some dipel to give a go in the garden to see if it reduces the amount of hungry caterpillars in the garden.

Moving on, silverbeet in our house usually ends up in a pie. Roy loves spinach pie, we make them in many different ways with crust, no crust, filo crust, with chicken, or olives and usually some sort of cheese. This time around we were going for decadent, Roy had never used filo pastry before so I gave him a lesson while making the pie. He could not get over how much butter is used to stick the sheets together. After tasting the first bite of warm pie, he was smittened with his filo pie crust, it was crispy and delicate. I think our next experiment with filo pastry together will be making baklava.

What do you use filo pastry for?

Rustic Spinach & Ricotta Filo Pie Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Pie
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.3 kg silverbeet
  • 2 lge brown onions, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 slices of bread, stale and toasted
  • ½ cup of cous cous
  • 500gm ricotta, hard
  • ⅓ cup sunflower seeds, toasted
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pkt filo pastry, defrosted
  • 300gm butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Heat a large shallow saucepan with a little olive oil over a low heat. In the meantime remove all the stems from the silverbeet and set the green ends to the side. Place the onions into the saucepan, while the onions are softening on a low temperature, chop the white part of the silverbeet finely into strips and add to the pan. The stems of the silverbeet will take up to ten minutes to cook through – they will go slightly translucent. While they are cooking roughly chop the green leaves and put in a large mixing bowl until required. Once the stems are cooked add the greens and increase the heat to medium and stir through. Once the greens are wilted add the garlic and stir for one minute or until it becomes fragrant. Place the silverbeet mixture back into the large mixing bowl.
  2. Tear the bread into small pieces and add it to the silverbeet mixture along with the couscous. Stir to combine these ingredients. Allow the mixture to cool for half an hour before continuing the recipe.
  3. Once the mixture has cooled slightly, add the ricotta, lemon zest, sunflower seeds, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Then add one egg at a time stirring to combine the mixture.
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 180’c. Grease and line a round baking dish 30cm in diameter with baking paper. Using the melted butter brush the inside of the tin and place a sheet of filo pastry into the tin allowing the edges to overhang. Repeat this process to cover the sides and bottom working clockwise overlapping 2 inches over from the last piece of filo. You must brush the pastry with butter each time you add another sheet.
  5. To make the lid use ten sheets and cut them into a square. Brush butter between each layer. Use the left over off cuts to fix any holes or thin bits of pastry inside the tin.
  6. Fill the filo pastry with the spinach mixture and add the lid to the pie. Curl the edges of the overhanging pastry in toward the pie to seal the edge. Use more butter to seal the pastry. Lastly sprinkle with cumin or sesame seeds.
  7. Bake for 45-50minutes or until golden and enjoy with a fresh salad.

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  • The Life of Clare March 28, 2013, 6:38 am

    I love a spinach ricotta and filo pie, but I use spay oil to stick the sheets together. Think I might have to try butter! This looks delicious.

    • Lizzie Moult March 29, 2013, 3:44 pm

      How can you live without butter with your filo Clare. You must try it!

  • john@kitchenriffs March 28, 2013, 8:35 am

    Thanks for the new word! I didn’t know silverbeet = Swiss chard. We don’t have our garden in yet (unusual amounts of spring snow), but Swiss chard will be one of the first things I plant. When you pick the very young leaves it’s actually a nice salad green, and I use the mature leaves as a spinach substitute. Haven’t tried in in this sort of pie – but now that I’ve seen your recipe I definitely will! Thanks for this.

  • Amy @ Elephant Eats March 28, 2013, 11:00 pm

    I’m jealous of your garden! When we finally find a house (hopefully with a nice yard), I will be coming to you for garden tips…i’ve never planted anything and I’m clueless, but I totally wanna grow veggies!!!

    My husband would love this recipe! And it’s so different from what I usually make. I’m definitely going to try it :)

    • Lizzie Moult March 29, 2013, 3:42 pm

      Amy feel free to email me anytime regarding growing vegetables I will be more than happy to help.

  • Hotly Spiced March 29, 2013, 12:18 pm

    How lovely Lizzie to be harvesting your own silverbeet. I love spinach pie too and really love it with a buttery filo. And I love baklava too so will look forward to your recipe in that. Happy Easter xx

  • Wizzy April 3, 2013, 6:09 am

    I have never worked with filo before. I’ve always thought it looked fussy to handle. Gosh but your pie is giving me courage to give it a try. Looks so darn good.