I was watching British cooking shows while trimming the tree the other day. One of them featured a gorgeous Moroccan pie or pastry. I wasn’t paying close enough attention to actually get the recipe but I did get the idea.
Naturally, I had to modify it to suit….
The problem was she used a quiche pan. She lined it with the pastry, filled it, folded the pastry over and baked it. After 30 minutes, she inverted it on to a baking sheet, removed the quiche dish and finished baking it.
As I wanted to do something with shrimp for dinner, a quiche pan was too big. I didn’t have a smaller pan so I decided I would go free-form. I may have to work on the folding part….
She used a Moroccan pastry we know as ‘Brick Pastry’ here but is very similar to phyllo. One advantage is it’s not quite so easy to tear and it doesn’t dry out so quickly. It’s properly called ‘Warqa‘ – click to read.
Shrimp and Spinach Pie
- 10oz (300gr) cleaned, cooked shrimp
- 3oz (190gr) fresh spinach
- 4 sheets of brick pastry – substitute phyllo dough
- 1/3 cup (3oz, 90gr) soft goat cheese
- 1 egg
- 2 tbs fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- olive oil
- Whisk the egg in a large bowl
- Add goat cheese, herbs, spices and whisk well
- Add the spinach and shrimp and stir to combine
- On a baking sheet: Lay 3 brick pastries out like a cloverleaf (they’re round, about 15″, 38cm in diameter) but overlapping by about half.
- Lay the 4th pastry in the center
- Spoon the shrimp and spinach in the center, keeping it together, not mounded, but not spread out thinly either
- Fold the pasty over the top, tucking in where you can.
- Brush the top with olive oil
- Bake, 400F (200C) for 25 – 30 minutes, until well browned.
- Remove, cut into wedges and serve.
It’s getting colder here.
Mon mari is hustling to get the insulation up so we are no longer attempting to heat the universe.
I don’t know what he’s complaining about… It’s such a straight-forward job for our ceilings…
I wonder if anyone has thought about inventing mouse-repellent insulation….
And speaking of mice, last night while making dinner, I kept hearing this awful rattling noise from the pantry. I thought it was the freezer giving up.
Turns out it was a mouse in a bucket that was half full of walnuts and couldn’t get out.
At least he wouldn’t starve….