I tried a variation of this recipe that omitted the spinach and used a mix of ricotta and feta, with garlic, sliced kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes. It looked lovely before going into the oven but the filling burst out one side during baking. I don't know if there was simply too much filling (I had twice as much dough and thus doubled the filling) or if the spinach would have had a "stabilizing" effect. It still tasted good but of course looked funny, and I sheepishly served it at a get-together. I might still try the actual recipe, but not knowing if this would happen again we would at least eat it at home, and may add an egg to the filling.
Hot Ricotta Spinach Loaf
See, kids do love spinach! One reader's family missed their favorite restaurant appetizer so much that she was inspired to make this cheesy spinach roll. Spread spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, and garlic onto refrigerated pizza crust dough, roll, bake, and serve with warm marinara. Yum!
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- Calories: 158
- Calories from fat: 41%
- Protein: 7.9g
- Fat: 7.1g
- Saturated fat: 2.9g
- Carbohydrate: 17g
- Fiber: 1.3g
- Sodium: 533mg
- Cholesterol: 15mg
- 1 tube (10 oz., for 12-in. crust) refrigerated pizza crust dough
- 1 package (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
- 1 carton (8 oz.; 1 cup) ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced or pressed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 can (8 oz.; 1 cup) marinara sauce
- 1. On a 12- by 15-inch baking sheet, unroll pizza crust dough.
- 2. Squeeze excess moisture from spinach. Mix spinach, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, nutmeg, and garlic.
- 3. Spread mixture evenly over dough.
- 4. Starting at a long edge of dough, roll to enclose filling. Set the loaf, seam down, on baking sheet. Brush loaf top with olive oil.
- 5. Bake in a 425° oven until well browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, stir marinara sauce in a 1- to 1 1/2-quart pan over medium heat until hot; or heat in a microwave-safe bowl in a microwave oven at full power (100%) until hot.
- 6. Slice loaf diagonally, making 10 equal portions. Offer 1 slice as an appetizer serving, or 2 slices as a main-dish sandwich. Spoon marinara sauce over slices to taste.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per slice.
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