Crustless Spinach and Feta Pies

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the pies

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 (280g) package frozen spinach, thawed
4 spring onions, thinly sliced
3 large eggs
180ml single cream
1 tbsp plain bread crumbs
2 tsp crumbled dried mint
1 1/4 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Pinch cayenne pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg
35g crumbled feta cheese

For the Greek tomato salad

350g mixed small tomatoes
2 to 3 pepperoncini, stemmed and chopped
20g pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp dried oregano
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1) Position a rack in the centre of the oven and preheat to 200C/Gas 6. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Squeeze excess water out of spinach. Add spinach and spring onions and cook, stirring, until dry, about 4 mins. Transfer to a colander and press with the back of a spoon to remove the last bit of moisture. Brush 4 (175g) ramekins with some olive oil and put on a baking sheet.

2) Put spinach mixture, eggs, single cream, bread crumbs, mint, salt, black and cayenne peppers, and nutmeg in a food processor and pulse until spinach is finely chopped. Remove blade and stir in feta cheese. Divide mixture evenly among ramekins. Bake until set around the edges but still slightly soft in the centre, about 20 mins. Turn oven off, leaving pies inside to set, about 5 mins more.

3) Run a knife around edge of each pie and invert onto plates; spoon some tomato salad around each and serve.

4) For the Greek tomato salad: Toss tomatoes with pepperoncini and olives in a salad bowl. Add olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, and salt and black pepper to taste. Toss again.

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