Friday, 2 September 2011

Cheese, spinach & bacon parcels (another spinach experiment)

As I mentioned in a previous post, we've been eating a lot of spinach this winter. This week, my Mum gave me 2 big bunches of English spinach + some filo pastry. So tonight I decided to experiment with making some cheese & spinach triangles. As soon as I took the pastry out of the packet (and half of the sheets slid out of my hand all over the floor), I decided filo "parcels" were more realistic than triangles! I started out by making portion-sized filo pastry parcels (that looked a bit like sausage rolls). Once I got sick of folding so many filo parcels, I switched to puff pastry & made a few enormous ones (1 sheet of pastry per parcel!).

 Enormous puff-pastry "parcels". Each one was made with a whole sheet of pastry.
We all loved this meal. Mr Fun ate a whole parcel by himself! Franky commented that "vegetarian meals are always yummier with bacon" ;)

Mr Fun making a mess
Cheese, Spinach & Bacon Parcels
2 brown onions, finely chopped
4-5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1.5 bunches of English spinach, roughly chopped
250g grated tasty cheese
150g diced bacon (I just buy the cheap, pre-diced stuff)
Pastry - either filo or puff

Cook the onions, garlic & bacon in a bit of oil. Add the spinach and cook until it starts to wilt. Stir through the cheese.
* Filo: Fold the pastry sheet over so that it is double thickness (or you could do more layers if you like). Put the mixture in a line in the middle pastry & wrap up. Cook for 45mins at 180 (160 fan-forced), or until golden brown.
* Puff: single thickness of pastry. I actually used 2 half sheets on top of each other, then pinched around the edge. Cook for 35mins at 180 (160 fan-forced), or until golden brown.

Filo pastry parcels (these ones were very simple - didn't even fold the ends)


Julie said...

Looks great, and so easy. And, I agree - vegetarian meals are (almost) always better with bacon!

glorya said...

I made something similar (without bacon), with mushroom, zucchini, carrot & ricotta. Even Carnivore Husband thought it was nice :)

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