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  • Writer's pictureKyveli Papaioannou

Savoring Legacy: Crafting Culinary Connections Through Spinach Tart

Updated: Sep 6, 2023


Spinach Tart
Spinach Tart

In my roles as a mental health counselor, a leadership lecturer, and a practitioner of cooking therapy, my culinary journey has led me to treasure heirloom recipes—culinary treasures that transcend time and generations. These recipes, passed down through the ages, have been lovingly entrusted to me. Some bear the imprints of my mother's touch, while others were discovered through friendships and the vast virtual realm. Yet, within this treasure trove, a collection of exceptional essence emerges—gifts from the matriarchs of my heart: the cherished Daphne, the wise Artemis, and the endearing Vasiliki, whose name resonates in its four letters.


As they gathered around the table, a symphony of flavors and tradition unfolded. Aunt Artemis, graced with the elegance of age, claimed her seat, offering sage culinary guidance. Their creations were not merely dishes; they were marvels that painted joy on our palates. Often, the setting was the tranquil Mati, embraced by pines. Generations converged—children, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law—united by their appreciation for these culinary wonders.


Spinach Tart Recipe:

Ingredients:


For the crust:

  • 200g Greek yogurt

  • 240g Butter

  • 6g Baking powder

  • 240g Hard wheat flour

  • 240g All-purpose flour

  • 4g Salt

  • 20g Olive oil

  • 20g Parmesan cheese

For the filling:

  • 500g Fresh spinach

  • 150g Cream cheese

  • 150g Greek feta cheese

  • 150g Parmesan cheese

  • 5 Fresh onions with the green leaves (Scallions)

  • 1 Dry onion

  • 1 tablespoon Dill

  • 2 Eggs

  • 200g Fresh cream

  • Pepper

  • 4 tablespoons Olive oil for sautéing

Instructions:


Prepare the Crust:

  • In a food processor, combine the flour and salt.

  • Add the cubed butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  • Incorporate the yogurt, olive oil, and Parmesan. Blend the ingredients until the dough comes together.

  • Form the dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 10 minutes.


Prepare the Filling:

  • Finely chop all the herbs,

  • In a pan, heat olive oil and sauté the chopped onions and scallions until they become translucent.

  • Add the dill and chopped spinach, cooking until the spinach wilts.


spinach in a cassarole with a wooden spoon, for the filling of spinach tart
Crafting Spinach Tart Essence: Sauteed Spinach

  • Remove from heat and allow it to cool.

  • In a bowl, whisk together cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, Feta cheese, fresh cream, eggs, and a dash of pepper. Since Feta and Parmesan are salty cheeses, exercise caution with additional salt.

  • Incorporate the sautéed spinach mixture and mix thoroughly.


Spinach Tart Filling
Spinach Tart Filling

Assemble the SpinachTart:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

  • Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface to fit your tart pan.


Rolling the dough for the spinach tart recipe
Rolling the Canvas: Crafting the Spinach Tart Foundation

  • Skillfully roll the dough into the pan, gently trimming any excess, creating the canvas for Spinach Tart's masterpiece.

  • Use a fork to puncture the crust, allowing steam to escape while baking, ensuring an even appearance.


a raw crust with holes that will be the base of the spinach tart
Artful Crust: Punctuated Perfection for the Spinach Tart

  • Bake the crust until it's lightly brown. Allow it to cool before adding the filling.


baked crust for the spinach tart
Golden Symphony: The Baked Brilliance of Spinach Tart Crust

  • Pour the spinach filling into the crust and spread it evenly.


Promise Unveiled: The Raw Canvas of Spinach Tart's Filling
Promise Unveiled: The Raw Canvas of Spinach Tart Filling

  • Springle some parmezan on top


Parmesan on top of the spinach tart
Sprinkles of Delight: Parmesan-Kissed Spinach Tart Awaits its Transformation


Bake the Spinach Tart:

  • Position the tart on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, or until the filling is firmly set and the crust exudes a delightful golden brown hue.


Spinach Tart baked
Culinary Masterpiece: The Golden Gleam of Baked Spinach Tart

Serve and Enjoy:

  • Allow the tart to cool slightly before slicing.

  • Serve the Spinach Tart warm and savor the harmony of flavors and memories it invokes.


These memories are luminous pearls strung across the necklace of my life. To honor their enduring legacy, I present this Spinach Tart Recipe, a homage to their artistry, slightly reimagined. At its closure, I bear witness to their presence, holding their memory in every step. From their celestial realm, where they now reside, perhaps reading these words with knowing smiles, I humbly ask for their forgiveness for translating their enchantment into text.


slice of spinach tart
Savoring Solo: A Slice of Baked Spinach Tart Perfection

6 comentários


Tanja Lintz
Tanja Lintz
21 de ago. de 2023

I cooked the Spinach Tart and was in my mind right back on vacation in Agios Andreas at our cooking class (of course always with a smile in my face 😊).

It was so delicious! The dough tastes so incredibly good!

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Kyveli Papaioannou
Kyveli Papaioannou
21 de ago. de 2023
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I am so happy you enjoyed it! I am smiling too💖😍 Thank you so much🙏

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Pavlos Diamantopoulos
Pavlos Diamantopoulos
16 de ago. de 2023

Wonderful recipe, just tried it out and I loved it! Really easy and tasty!

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Pavlos Diamantopoulos
Pavlos Diamantopoulos
16 de ago. de 2023
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Thank you very much!

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