The third in my series of Irish themed appetizers may be the best of all. The inspiration for this Irish Cheddar Cheese Spinach Tart comes from my improved ability to see a recipe and intuitively get a sense for how good it will be. I would say that sense was applied to all of these Irish themed recipes I created beginning with the IRISH ROSEMARY CHEDDAR SODA BREAD and into the IRISH CHEDDAR CHEESE BEER DIP. This recipe was borrowed from Save Room for Dessert.
The learning is that the intuitive sense for understanding a recipe is a learned skill. After the number of years that I have been cooking, working with recipes and creating my own unique recipes, I feel I have obtained a real good sense for what will be good and also what my family, guests and I will enjoy eating. The good news here is that I believe we can all obtain this skill. For those of you reading this and do a lot of cooking, I am sure you know exactly what I mean. For those of you getting into cooking, as you get more familiar with flavors and textures, you will really develop a sense of what the end product will look like from a collection of independent ingredients.
The above stated really calls up an image of a tapestry. We start with a blank canvass, mix colors and brush strokes. In the end, we end up with a painting. Cooking is the same way. In this Irish Cheddar Cheese Spinach Tart, I really use simple ingredients. When the cheese, eggs and cottage cheese come together, you know the result will be creamy. The flavor of both cheeses with a couple of simple spices makes the dish balanced. The recipe is rounded out with the sweetness of the onion and the great green flavor from the slightly bitter wilted spinach leaves. Note that this dish is also gluten free.
The cast of characters.
The mixing of the ingredients and shown in the tart pan cooking and out of the oven.
The Irish Cheddar Cheese Spinach Tart plated.
Irish Cheddar Cheese Spinach Tart
- 10 Ounces Fresh Spinach wilted and drained
- 1 Whole Medium Onion diced
- 3 Large Eggs beaten
- 10 Ounces Small Curd Cottage Cheese
- 3 Ounces Parmesan cheese
- 7 Ounces Irish White Cheddar cheese - dubliner
- 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl combine the chopped onion, eggs, cottage cheese, grated cheese and pepper. Mix with a spatula until blended. Set aside.
Wilt the spinach. Remove the spinach to a strainer. Drain the spinach well then press it with paper towels until you remove as much moisture as you can. Rough chop the spinach and add it to the cheese and egg mixture. Fold with the spatula until combined.
Spray a tart pan. Place the mixture into the tart pans (with removable bottom). Press the spinach and cheese mixture into the tart pans smoothing to level the top.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until just set in the center and lightly browned on the edges.
Remove from the tart pan. Cut into squares.
Serve and enjoy!