Last week my cousin and I decided to make something neither of us had ever done before, and settled on a mediterranean pastry/tart/pie-esque thing. We started by chopping up some marinated artichokes- bottled ones are best because the flavoured oils come in handy later.
After the olives and artichokes were chopped evenly, I sliced up two red onions and added them to a pan with brown sugar, olive oil and a bit of balsamic vinegar. I left these on a low simmer for about fifteen to twenty minutes so they had time to properly caramelize.
Once the spinach was slightly wilted, we combined it with the olives, capsicum and artichokes. We added a tub of ricotta to the mixture, (in hindsight, two tubs would have been better- more cheese is always the way to go!) as well as some salt, pepper and spices to taste.
Then we took three pieces of pastry dough and layered them, using the artichoke oil to do so. We filled it with the vegetable and ricotta mixture, and then folded it (I let my cousin do this bit, I wasn’t quite up to the task!).
We then cut the pastry/tart/pie-esque thing into large pieces, plated it up with some marinara sauce and then dug in- the results were delicious, and this is a recipe that I’ll definitely revisit again! You can easily substitute different vegetables and cheeses to your liking, the possibilities are truly endless!
Served with Homemade Marinara Sauce