Sunday, September 7, 2008

Cheese & Spinach Tart

"If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food either" ~ Joseph Wood Krutch

Cheese & Spinach Tart


1/2 cup cold butter, cut up in pieces
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. paprika
Salt, to taste
1/2 cup finely grated Cheddar cheese
4 t0 6 Tbsp. cold water

Combine dry ingredients. Add cold butter, cut in until the mixture is crumbly. Add cheese and cold water and blend till dough comes together into a ball. Flatten into a disc, wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.


1 pound fresh spinach, chopped up
1 onion, chopped
1 cup Ricotta cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2/3 cup half-n-half
2 eggs, beaten
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium heat in large deep skillet. Add onion and sautee until onion carmelizes. Add spinach and 2 Tbsp. water. Cover and let cook till spinach wilts, just a couple of minutes. Drain well and cool. Once cool add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Roll out 2/3 of the dough and press into tart pan. Spoon filling into shell. Roll out remaining dough, lay over tart and cut slits in top. Brush egg over pastry. (Beat one egg with 1 Tbsp. water)

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 35-45 minutes, or until nicely browned.

This tart can be eaten warm or cold, it can also be frozen and reheated.


maybelle's mom said...

wow does this look delicious. ps I just tagged you with a meme.

Lucy said...

Ok, I'm ready for a piece.... spinach is a favorite and that looks awesome!!

PGL said...

That looks pretty good mom. I like the combination of spinach & cheese.

Tiffany said...

This looks delicious! I am really into making tarts right now.
Also, I love all the quotes on your blog about seasonal eating.

OhioMom said...

Thanks Maybelle's Mom, I will try to put together a post in the future :)


This went over well with my guys too :) and the crust was delish!

Hey Daughter :) This is an easy one, my non-meateater grandson would love it.


Thanks :) And thanks for stopping in.

Theresa said...

Spinach and cheese are always a great combo and what a great twist from a quiche :)

Darius T. Williams said...

soooo - you know what this needs? bacon! Yummm - I mean, it already looks quite good - but bacon, I mean, come on - doesn't that just make the world turn better? Good job!


Rachel said...

That looks perfect and delicious

OhioMom said...


Yes it is, and slices very nicely. This could be made up in "mini" pans and served for a party.


LOL .. except my food critic does not eat bacon :)


Thank you and thanks for stopping in.

Grace said...

i've eaten lots of tarts and pies in my day, but never one quite like this. it sounds a lot like spanikopita, which i love, so i'm definitely intrigued! nice recipe, and excellent execution of it!

Beth said...

This looks fantastic. Spinach and ricotta are a great combo.

OhioMom said...


Thank you, like most of my recipes I take a little of this and a little of that from several sources and then create what I want :)


Thank you. Yes, I like spinach and ricotta also, especially in calzones.

Candy said...

I'm going to try this with collard greens. The man in the corner veggie stand has a bunch right now!

Jenny said...

Wow, what a beautiful looking tart. I'd love to make it this week!

Cynthia said...

Perfection! I've bookmarked this and will definitely be making it sometime.

OhioMom said...


I imagine that would work just fine, let me know how it turns out.

Thanks Jenny :)


I bookmarked your chicken :), will be making it when the weather turns cool and heavier food is required on our table.

Usha said...

I have never tried this before but your tart looks perfect and inviting....and how convenient I have some ricotta cheese and spinach at home :)

Jessica said...

I love spinach quiche, so I'm going to have to give this a try--it looks so yummy!

shambo said...

The tart looks so good. Spinach & cheese is a wonderful combo. It, too, reminds me of my favorite -- spanakopita. The crust recipe sounds great. I bet it would be good with all kinds of savory fillings.

Nina Timm said...

You should enter this send this picture the the Click Photography competition. The theme this month is: Crusts.
The tart looks delicious!

OhioMom said...


Thank you, let me know if you bake it :)

Hi Sue

Thank you, yes the crust is wonderful and could be used with a variety of savory dishes.


Thanks :) I did enter click, but I entered my granola crust. Thanks for stopping by.

Priscilla said...

what a pretty look tart! the slices look like they came out perfectly!

Balisha said...

My vegetarian daughter would love this. Me too! I may make it and take it when we see her next.

OhioMom said...

Hi Balisha

I hope you and your daughter enjoy it :)

Thanks Priscilla .. this slices very nicely.

bee said...

that is a truly spectacular tart with beautiful flavours.

OhioMom said...

Thank you Bee :)