Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Spinach & Skulls


A Chic Halloween Recipe 

Who needs candy corn when you can throw a grown up recipe into the mix? This is a great addition to your grown up halloween party, that everyone is sure to love! 




Ingredients

  • 1 container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • Olive-oil, cooking spray
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach (or a 10-ounce bag), stems removed, washed well and dried
  • 1 1/2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves (from 1 bunch)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 large whole eggs, plus 1 egg white
  • Crackers, for serving

Directions

  1. Wrap ricotta tightly in cheesecloth; place in a colander over a large bowl. Place a heavy object (such as a bowl or canned good) on top; let drain in the refrigerator at least 3 hours (or up to overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 10-inch springform pan with cooking spray. In a food processor, combine drained ricotta, spinach, basil, nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Process until smooth, about 1 minute, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Add whole eggs and egg white; process for 5 seconds. Pour mixture into prepared pan; bake until set and just brown around the edges, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack, then refrigerate, covered, until cold, preferably overnight. To unmold, run a paring knife around edge before removing side of pan.
  3. Cut into quarters. Using a wide spatula, transfer to a cutting board coated with cooking spray. Cut out shapes with a skull-shaped cookie cutter coated with spray (if cutter doesn't come with eyes and a mouth, use aspic cutters to make features). Using a cotton swab, gently press skulls out directly onto crackers (leave eye and nose shapes in cutter).
What are you going to add to your menu this holiday? 

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