Today’s recipe feature is Spinach and Goat Cheese Tartlets. Luscious layers of phyllo dough are buttered and sprinkled with parmesan cheese, filled with a fantastic spinach filling and baked in a mini muffin tin pan. This appetizer is delicious, light and flakey and will make you a hit with family and friends at the holidays. Healthy and joyous eating!
Spinach and Goat Cheese Tartlets (Recipe courtesy Susan Stockton)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- Vegetable oil, for brushing
- 1 large shallot, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup milk
- Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 3 ½ ounces mild goat cheese, softened
- 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 2 large eggs, separated
- One 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- Chopped chives, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350°. Melt 1 tablespoon butter. Place 1 phyllo sheet on a clean surface (cover remaining sheets with a damp towel), brush with melted butter and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon parmesan. Cover with another phyllo sheet, brush with more butter and sprinkle with another teaspoon parmesan. Top with the remaining phyllo sheet and brush with butter. Cut the phyllo stack into 24 squares, about 3 inches each. Brush a 24-cup mini muffin tin with oil, then firmly press a phyllo square, buttered-side down, into each cup. Bake until golden, 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until translucent. Stir in the flour, then add the milk and stir until the mixture is smooth, 1 minute. Add the nutmeg, ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Stir in the goat cheese, lemon zest and vinegar until the cheese melts. Remove from the heat and mix in the egg yolks, then the spinach.
Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks and fold into the spinach filling. Spoon about 1 tablespoon filling into each phyllo cup and top with the remaining parmesan. Bake until the filling is set, 15 minutes. Cool slightly in the pan; remove and top with the chives. Yield – 24 tartlets.
Nutritional Information (Per Piece): Calories: 54; Total Fat: 4 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Cholesterol: 23 milligrams; Sodium: 108 milligrams