Go all the way with a spinach and curd pie

Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Photo by Gregor Richardson.
The combination of nutritious greens with gooey, cheesy curd wrapped in papery filo pastry may not be new, but it is utterly delicious.

Serves 6
Olive oil for cooking and greasing
1 onion, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
250g spinach leaves
1 tsp dill leaves (optional)
1 egg
250g fresh curds or ricotta
50g grated parmesan cheese
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
4-6 sheets filo pastry (each roughly 38cm x 30cm)

Heat a little oil in a large pan and gently cook the onion and garlic for 10 minutes without colouring. Add the spinach and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring. Tip into a sieve and press to remove as much excess liquid as possible.

Cool.

Beat the egg with the curd and nutmeg and season; add the curds and parmesan along with the spinach and onion. Season lightly with salt but add plenty of freshly ground pepper.

Heat the oven to 200degC/180degC fan.

Grease a 20cm loose-based cake tin with a little oil.

Line the cake tin with the filo sheets, drizzling a little oil over the filo to help stick the layers together and to assist with the crispy texture. Lay the excess pastry over the edge of the tin and spoon the cheese and spinach mixture into the tin. Bring the pastry up and over the top of the pie. Brush generously with oil.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Serve warm or cold.

Alison Lambert, chef at the Otago Farmers Market, will be demonstrating this recipe at the market on Saturday morning.