Cooking with children: Spinach & Cheese triangles

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I love a recipe where children can really help.
This one is super easy- so easy in fact that one of our little Moondew boys went home and made 21 on the weekend for his entire family and then ate two up!  A miracle for a non-green eating little boy.

Mum was super impressed.

1.  Children can crumble up 200 gram feta cheese with their clean fingers
2.  Children can crack and whisk two eggs in a bowl

3. Then, in a large bowl, help them to combine
  • 200 gram fresh ricotta,
  • 1 bunch of spinach (boiled and strained) or 1 packet frozen spinach, thawed
  • the crumbled feta,
  • the eggs,
  • 1/2 bunch of dill (chopped up finely beforehand)
  • 1/2 bunch fresh mint leaves (chopped up finely beforehand)
  • 2 green shallots or one small onion (all chopped finely beforehand by an adult)
  • and a pinch of salt.

4. Encourage the children to stir it well.

5. Slightly thaw a packet of frozen puff pastry.Take out one sheet, and cut it into four pieces on a baking sheet or chopping board. Help the child to separate the squares out a little.

6. The children can then use a tablespoon to scoop one big spoonful of mixture onto the centre of each of the four puff pieces.

7. They then fold over one corner on the diagonal, so you now have triangles. Show them how to use a fork to press down and seal the edges.

8.  Ask one child to flour the baking tray (also lined with baking paper) and place the triangles on the sheet as you go.Continue until all 6 sheets of pastry are completed.

9.  Pop them in a 180 degree C oven for about 15 minutes (or until brown). Then eat them all up with gusto.

A great weekend treat.

4 Responses to “Cooking with children: Spinach & Cheese triangles”

  1. Mandy

    These sound delicious. Looking forward to making some. I like the way you descibe how children can help. Thanks.

  2. thylacinthine

    These sound delicious, but I don’t see how much spinach to use (or is it a herb and cheese triangle?) – did I just miss it?

  3. Amber

    Oops. Just spotted this. 1 bunch boiled and strained, or one packet frozen spinach in place of fresh. Add this at step 2. Ta!

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