|Spinach and feta Clafouti|
With trying to avoid sweets (as much as humanly possible) you may have noticed my clafouti craze lately. What can be done with fruit can also be done with vegetables. Christophe Felder, a well renowned French pastry chef, describes some 80 variations on clafoutis both sweet and savoury...clafoutis with bilberries and fennel-flower, clafoutis with wild strawberries, clafoutis with broccoli and Gruyere are all in his book Les Clafoutis de Christophe. I'd have to say that the savoury clafouti is my latest foodie experiment!!!!
After a disappointing and wet Spring I do believe Summer has finally shone on the Okanagan. Black storm clouds, driving rain and the gargantuan gales of the last two weeks have suddenly given way to blue streaked white sky. Break out the sun screen!!!!Not only do I feel my spirits rise with renewed belief that summer will definitely return again, but I have proof of it as I sit on my sundappled patio. I am of course heading out soon with my book and beach chair in tow.
We have been enjoying the luxuries of Spring like furled fiddleheads and earthy morels but let's not forget the every day tender, buttery lettuces and greens popping up in our neighbours’ and friends' gardens. Last weekend I was walking our local farmer's market when I came across some tender, baby spinach. When I made Rose Murray's Roasted Tomato Clafouti I remember saying, " Just the idea of a savoury clafouti makes my toes tingle. I can see a combination of feta and other Greek cheeses and chopped baby spinach in my future." Well the future is now!!!!
As with the tomato clafouti I added some shredded mozzarella for the slightly firmer texture I love as well as some Greek-inspired flavours of goat cheese feta and grated Kefalotyri as a finishing touch. If you prefer your clafoutis eggier by all means forget the mozzarella or use fresh bocconcini. There is nothing quite like a savoury clafoutis to rescue me on busy weeknights. What could possibly be easier than sautéing some vegetables and beating some eggs with a little flour, milk and cheese? I have been enjoying the experimentation!!!
What combination do you see in your future?
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**Spinach and Feta Clafoutis**
- 2 tablespoons (25 mL) olive oil
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 2 spring onions, chopped
- 1 (10 ounce/300 g) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained - or 1 pound fresh spinach, cleaned and torn in small pieces
- 1 tablespoon (15 mL) chopped fresh dill(or 1 teaspoon/5 mL dried)
- Salt and pepper
- 1 cup (250 mL) light cream
- 3 eggs
- 2 tablespoons (25 mL) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 lb (250 g) mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 2 cups/500 mL)
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- Freshly grated Kefalotyri cheese or Asiago for sprinkling on top (if desired)
2. In a shallow 6-cup (1.5 L) baking dish add chopped onions and spring onions (scallions), drizzle with the oil; sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Bake for 5-8 minutes or until translucent. Add chopped spinach and dill; stir.
3. In a blender, blend the cream, eggs and flour until smooth; pour over the spinach mixture. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and feta cheeses. Reduce the temperature to 350°F (180°C); bake for about 25 minutes or until puffed and golden. Serve immediately.
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