Approx cost: €3
Approx calories (per portion): 390 (if split between 4 people)
Approx preparation and cooking time: 40 mins
A lot of people aren’t a huge fan of spinach, but the taste lends itself really well to goats cheese. Can be served with almost any kind of salad for a fast, cheap meal.
- Start by preparing the pastry. Put the flour, olive oil, half of the egg, baking powder and hot water into a container with a lid and shake around for a minute or two. Remove the lid and push the crumbly mix together into a ball with your hands.
- Turn out onto a floured surface and roll out until about 5mm thick. The beauty of this pastry is that you don’t need to let it rest in the refrigerator as there is no butter inside. Once rolled out, place inside a suitably sized pie-dish, or other deep dish and gently push the pastry into the sides and corners. Trim away the edges with a knife and collect the scraps – set these aside for now.
- Chop the spinach roughly and place into a pan with a few centimetres of water in the base. Cover and place on a hot stove for about 3-4 minutes. When the water has been boiling for a couple of minutes remove. The spinach should have decreased in volume by about 70% and should be deep green in colour. Strain off any excess liquid – be sure to strain it well as a lot of water can get trapped in between the mass of leaves.
- Chop up the onion and add, along with the remaining half egg, into the spinach. Stir well and add some salt and pepper. Turn into the waiting dish lined with pastry and push into any corners. Take your Goat cheese and cut, or crumble, into small cubes and sprinkle on top. Now take your pastry trimmings from earlier and roll out again – Cut into some shapes – circles, leaves, hearts, knives, whatever and place on top of the pie.
- Bake in the oven at around 160 degrees Celsius for around 20-25 minutes. If the pie isn’t browning up as much as you’d like you can show it a hot grill for a few seconds. Serve up with almost anything you’d like – it goes really well with a fresh green salad.