Saturday, 14 June 2014

Weekend Flavour

The weekend is here, the World Cup has arrived, it's Father's Day on Sunday and even though we can't guarantee that the sun will continue to shine there's no better feeling than being with friends and family.

If you're busy hosting Father's Day this year, take the time to put your feet up on Saturday night (especially if you are staying up to watch the football) and try your hand at this super easy "tear and share" mozzarella, tomato and spinach pastry and super refreshing salad. After a long week at work, I know I'll be giving this another go!

Enjoy the weekend.


Serves 4   Prep time: 10-15 mins   Cook time: 12-15 minutes


For the pastry:

375g puff pastry (I use the Sainsburys Ready Rolled Light Puff Pastry)
3 tablespoons of sun-dried tomato paste
50g of fresh spinach
75g of mozzarella
250g of cherry tomatoes
30g of medium cheddar cheese
Pinch of pepper for seasoning

For the salad:

100g of cherry tomatoes
80g of cucumber
120g pre-packed salad (I use Sainsburys Bistro salad)
Splash of balsamic vinegar
Drizzle of olive oil
Small squeeze of lemon juice
Pinch of pepper for seasoning


o   Preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6
o   Line a large baking tray with parchment paper
o   Unroll your pastry onto the baking sheet. Add, and then spread your sundried tomato paste leaving 1cm all around the pastry edges
o   Wash your spinach and tomatoes. Chop your tomatoes, grate your cheddar cheese, then tear up your mozzarella into small/medium sized pieces and chuck all your ingredients onto the pastry
o   Add a pinch of pepper for seasoning
o   Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the pastry turns golden brown
o   Whilst your pastry is cooking, fix up your salad. Chop your remaining cucumber & tomatoes, add them to your washed salad & season with a drizzle of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, some black pepper and a small squeeze of lemon juice

Waste not, want not – if you have some left over sun-dried tomato paste you could try stirring this in to 250g boiled pasta (we like Fusilli). Steam your leftover spinach as per the cooking instructions and add this, along with any leftover mozzarella to create a simple, healthy pasta dish.

*Prices per portion are approximate, are correct at time of posting & only include ingredients. Prices will vary depending on where you shop.

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