Silverbeet and I have had an interesting past – we ate a lot of it when I was growing up because it was always growing in my mum’s veggie patch, however I never really liked it all that much. I guess that’s not surprising as leafy greens aren’t normally kids favourite food! I had a bit of a sneaky habit of picking silverbeet from the garden and feeding it to our guinea pigs to try and avoid eating it again for dinner! Luckily those days are long behind me and I actually enjoy eating it now – no guinea pigs required!
- Bunch of silverbeet
- 250g ricotta
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 1 tbs nutmeg
- Juice of half a lemon
- Puff pastry
- 3 eggs
- Preheat oven to 250C
- Finely dice the onion and mince the garlic
- Cook the onion and garlic in a frypan until translucent then leave to cool
- Cook the silverbeet in boiling water for a few minutes, then drain and rinse under cold water
- Remove as much excess water as possible then roughly chop
- Mix the onion, silverbeet, ricotta, nutmeg, lemon juice and one beaten egg in a bowl
- Spoon the mixture onto the pastry sheets and fold the corners together. I made one large and eight small pasties.
- Beat the remaining two eggs together with a little water and brush over the pasties
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes unti golden brown then enjoy!
Have you had a change of heart on a vegetable before? Any sneaky tactics as a kid to avoid eating something you didn’t like?