Baked ricotta and spinach tart

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
30 ounces Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
12 tablespoons Butter, Cut In 1/2-Inch
& Chill
5 tablespoons Ice Water
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 pounds Spinach -- stemmed and cleaned
⅛ teaspoon Black Pepper -- freshly
½ cup Onion -- peeled and diced
1½ teaspoon Fresh Marjoram -- minced
¼ pounds Prosciutto -- diced
3 larges Eggs
⅛ teaspoon Nutmeg -- freshly grated

1. Place the ricotta in a strainer lined with cheesecloth and allow to drain over a bowl, covered and refrigerated, for 2 hours.

2. To prepare the tart dough, combine the flour and ½ tsp of the salt in a bowl. Add the chilled butter and, using your fingertips or two knives, blend until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Work in the ice water until the dough holds together. Form the dough into a smooth, flat disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

3. Lightly flour a clean work surface and roll the dough into a 16-inch disk. Place the rolled-out dough into a 10 X 2½ -inch-deep cake pan or springform mold. Pressing with your fingertips, flute the top edges of the dough. Place in the freezer and chill thoroughly, about 30 mins.

4. In a medium skillet, heat 1 Tbs of the olive oil over high heat and saute the spinach, stirring constantly until wilted, about 2 mins.

Season with ¼ tsp salt and half the pepper. Place the cooked spinach in colander and drain. Chop fine and reserve.

5. In the same skillet, add the remaining Tbs olive oil and cook the onion 3 to 5 mins. over medium heat until translucent. Add the marjoram and prosciutto. Stir and cook an additional 2 mins. Set aside.

6. Preheat the oven to 425 F.

7. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and add the drained ricotta, spinach, onion, and prosciutto. Season with the nutmeg and remaining salt and pepper. Set aside.

8. Line the tart shell with aluminum foil and fill with dried beans or pastry weights. Bake for 12 to 15 mins, until the dough is set.

Remove the foil and beans and cook an additional 10 mins, or until the dough is light brown.

9. Lower the oven temperature to 375 F. Spread the ricotta and spinach mixture evenly in the tart, place on the middle rack of the oven, and bake for 1 hour and 10 mins, until the filling is set and the top golden brown. Let rest for 15 to 20 mins, slice into wedges and serve.

Recipe By : The Union Square Cafe Cookbook - ISBN 0-06-017013-1 From: Dan Klepach Date: 08-20-95 (22:13) (159) Fido: Cooking

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