Baked Ricotta Spinach Kalamata Olive and Sun-dried Tomato Timbales

Recipe from What's For Lunch, Honey?  

Ingredients

230g fresh baby spinach leaves, stalks cut and washed
450g ricotta cheese, drained
10 sun-dried tomatoes in oil
small handful of Kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons basil and oregano, chopped
pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
melted butter for forms

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Generously butter 6 timbale or ramekin forms and spread one  sun-dried tomato on the bottom of each form, then thinly slice the remaining. Set aside..

  2. Place the spinach leaves in a saucepan while they are still wet. Cook the leaves until they wilt then quickly plunge them into ice cold water. Drain the leaves, squeezing with your hands to make sure all excess water has been extracted. Gently loosen the leaves.

  3. Using a wooden spoon push the ricotta cheese through a fine-mesh sieve. This makes the ricotta nice and fluffy giving the timbales a perfect texture. Whisk in the eggs, then lightly stir in the drained spinach, remaining tomatoes, olives and herbs. Season with sea salt, pepper and nutmeg.

  4. Spoon the ricotta mixture into the prepared forms, leveling the tops with the spoon.

  5. Place the forms on a baking tray and bake in the oven for approx. 20 minutes. The timbales should be almost set and a little puffy. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly, then invert the molds onto a plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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 Food Guide Tips:

- Spinach – how healthy is it really?
- Selecting and storing tomatoes

notepaper2 KopieWe love these timbales with an aromatic tomato sauce, like my roasted tomato sauce or a even tangy sun-dried tomato and tamarind chutney.

Add a side of fresh pasta and you have a complete vegetarian meal. For non- vegetarians try the timbales with fish like this fried fish Provencal or chicken, such as this Italian roasted chicken or veal, for example this Veal Vilanese.

These make a great dinner party starter or side as you can prepare them ahead of time and can serve them at room temperature.