I have a thing for Spinach and Ricotta. If not anything, I can just mix up the two and eat a whole meal with it. Its just one of those divine combos..made for each other type of food.
Anytime I make Italian and need an appetizer or a little bite food, my brain and heart both leap forward and scream Spinach-Ricotta. And I listen like a good kid. No questions asked.
This was one of those time when yet again, my brain and heart proved correct. And I was thankful I listened to them, no questions asked.
The recipe is very simple. Frozen chopped Spinach+ Ricotta+spices filled in little pre made dough and baked as per directions. Simple right? Let's see them here step by step.
Take about one pack of frozen chopped spinach.
Add about 1 cup of ricotta cheese to the spinach and mix well.
Add a few spices - black pepper, some oregano, basil and some parmesan cheese. Add a pinch of salt and mix well.
And here's what I used for the dough. The pre made packaged french bread roll from Pillsbury. Photo courtesy of the Pillsbury site.
Take the dough out and cut into small bits.
Stuff about a spoonful of spinach mix in the dough and fold over on both sides.
Make a little wrap and set on the seam side down on a foil lined baking sheet. It is ok if the spinach mix is spilling out like this. If you want complete rolls, just cut bigger sheets or use a pizza dough and roll into whole balls. You've then got yourself a spinach ricotta roll.
Place all rolls with a little breathing space on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350F for about 15 mins or until the rolls are well baked and golden.
And you're done. Simple as that.
Serve em up as wholesome wonderful biteable appetizers.
This was a post thanksgiving italian dinner for my family. We had some bruschetta, ravioli and some fresh garden pasta.
This is what families are made up of - crazy people and good food. God Bless them all!
Enjoy. Peace Out!