29 April 2010

Recipe: Blue Cheese, Spinach & Pumpkin Tartlets

Blue Cheese, Spinach & Pumpkin Tartlets

Preparation Time: 30 minutes.
Cooking Time: 20 minutes.
Serves 8

Ingredients:
1 packet ready-made puff pastry
100g pumpkin, cubed
Packet of creamed spinach
100g Blue Cheese
Nutmeg

Instructions:
Roast the pumpkin until soft and golden brown and slice. Crumble the Blue Cheese into the creamed spinach and season with nutmeg. Using a cup, cut out 8 rounds of puff pastry and gently mould into a non-stick muffin tin. The pastry does not need to be pressed all the way into the tin. Spoon the spinach and cheese mixture into the pastry and add slices of pumpkin. Bake for 20 minutes at 200° or until golden. Serve with a green salad or onion jam.

Tip: Blue Cheese is generally strong in flavour, so avoid pairing with delicate or extremely elegant wines - they will simply be overpowered. Rather try a sweeter white wine. South Africa now produces some fine sweet Chenin Blancs and Rieslings - pop into Checkers and see whats available.

Blue Cheese
A rich cheese that is ideal for flavouring a wide variety of foods due to its pungent, peppery taste. Crumble over salads and soup.

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