2012-01-28

Spinach Flan




I've worked on this recipe for a while, a few miserable try and deception.. 
Couldn't unmold it, then there was too much flour, not enough flavour etc... 
I've finally found a good balance between ingredients :)
I tried with ham, less cheese more milk... Finally the dry-ripened tomatoes are perfect !


For 4 people
   You will need :   
for the spinach batter
1lb of fresh spinach
- around 1.1lb if possible -
7oz ricotta (200gr)
3 eggs
1oz flour (30gr)
- 2 small tbsp -
1/3 cup + 1tbsp of milk (3.4 fl oz.)
1tbsp olive oil
"herbes de provence"
- mix of thym, rosemary, oregano, basil, lavander, sage... -
1/2tsp of salt
pepper
If you have some agar agar, you can add some so it will be even more flan-texture

for the heart
#tbsp of dry-ripened tomatoes(1.4 oz/40gr)
1tbsp of flour
2,1 oz ricotta (60gr)



Prepare the spinach
Rinse them well and remove the biggest stams.
Put your spinach in a big sauce pan  full of salted water and bring to a boil. After 2 minutes at a gnetle boil, drain them well in a strainer. Use a spatula to press and remove as much water as you can.
Put them on your cutboard and coaersely chop. Reserve.

Turn the oven on at 360°F

Prepare the flan
Beat egss and salt, pepper ans ricotta for 2 minutes with an electric beater.
When the batter is homogeneous, stir in by hand the flour and the milk
Pour it little by little, starting with the flour, ending with the flour.
Finally, add the oil and the herbs. Mix well and stir in the spinach. Reserve.


Prepare the heart
Chop finely your dry tomatoes, remove the excess of oil with an absorbent paper and mix them with the flour. Stir in the ricotta. Reserve.

Cooking
Cover your mold with parchment paper and use some cooking spray on it.
If you have a silicone mold, oil it with an absorbent paper.
Pour 3/4 of the spinach-batter in the mold, and in the center, 
pour the tomato-mix as a long strip in the center of the cake. 
Use 2 teaspoons to help you shape that stripe.
Pour on the top the end of the spinach-batter.

Cook 40 to 45 minutes
Turn the oven off, slightly open the door and let it cook 20 more minutes in the oven.
You can enjoy it as a main course : still warm with rice, salad or a tomato sauce. 
But it's also good when cold, as an appetizer.

Well, and next, what should I do...



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