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Spinach, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nut Log in Filo

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This recipe only has a small amount of pastry in it, and would be great party food, sliced thinly and served either hot or cold.

I made a risoni rice salad with rocket and tomatoes to go with this meal.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients
1 small shallot, diced finely
1 clove garlic, chopped finely
Some fresh basil, chopped (optional)
cup oil-free sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1 pkt frozen spinach, defrosted and drained
tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp pine nuts
cup ricotta cheese, reduced fat
cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 small egg white
4 sheets Filo pastry
3 tbsp wholemeal breadcrumbs

For the Pasta salad
1 cups cooked risoni rice
60 g packet rocket (Woolworths)
cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 spring onions
small cucumber, sliced
About 2 - 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar to 1 part olive oil

Method
Line a baking tray with baking paper, and preheat the oven to 190/170 fan forced.

In a small pan heat some oil, and cook the shallot and garlic till soft.

If using, stir in the fresh basil, add tomatoes, spinach, nutmeg and pine nuts.


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Cook this for a few minutes and then take off the heat.

Mix in the two cheeses, the egg white and some pepper.


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Lay two sheets of Filo on the tray and spray with some olive oil.

Sprinkle half of the breadcrumbs on there.


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Add two more sheets of filo, spray again and add the remaining breadcrumbs. Do not use more or it will be dry - I used more and end result turned out a bit dry!

Spoon the spinach mixture down the long side leaving about a 3 cm border.


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Roll the log up lengthways into a long thin roll, making sure you turn in the edges, and roll as tight as possible.


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Put on the prepared baking paper, with the seam down, and spray lightly with some oil.


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Bake for 25 minutes or until it is just starting to go golden.

While it is baking, put risoni rice and rocket in a bowl.

Add the rest of the salad ingredients and mix thoroughly.


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When the roll is baked, leave it a few minutes and then chop into slices.

Serve it with the salad, and if you have any left overs, they can be eaten cold the next day, or up to a week later.


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#Vegetarian
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#Snack
#After school snack
#Spinach
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#Fillo pastry
#Risoni
#Salad
#Rice salad
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