Welcome to my blog, through which I hope to be able to share my experiences of gluten free cooking, baking, experimenting and eating.
When my daughter was diagnosed (age 6) with Coeliac Disease, our world of eating changed overnight. From breads, pastry and pasta to cakes, biscuits and puddings.......... suddenly most of what we knew was 'off the menu'. I think I must have tested every available gluten free product on the market, seeking out replacements to try and keep things as normal as possible. I was disappointed to find that what was available was often dry, crumbly and flavourless.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to turn my kitchen into a laboratory, turn all I knew about cooking on its head and start creating!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Spanakopita Galette - gluten free (vegetarian)


Meet my savoury gluten free Spanakopita Galette. It shouts 'Summer'! Galette's seem to be all the rage at the moment in blog world.... Most of them are fruit filled and lend themselves perfectly to an attractive seasonally-showcased summer dessert.

Made from pastry which is carefully turned up and over filling around the edge of an open pie, they are intrinsically pretty and practical at the same time..... A visual and often colourful centre, neatly held in by the systematically patterned or rustically rugged crisp, baked pastry folds.

When I was trying to explain to Miss GF what a 'galette' was, we took (as we often do) to a Google search to seek pictures which would visually explain its shape and structure. We were struck by just how few savoury galettes were featured (other than in pancake form) compared to sweet. So much so, that when I mooted my desire to make a savoury version and specifically one based on the Greek Spanakopita Pie, Miss GF questioned my judgement, suggesting that perhaps a peach or cherry-filled variety was a better idea....

Okay.... that may partly have been her baulking at the prospect of spinach and cheese, but savoury was where I headed anyway.


If you have never heard of or eaten Spanakopita before, then consider you have seriously missed out. A popular buy from Greek bakeries when on holiday, this lunch-time favourite is usually made with layers of filo pastry surrounding a thick filling of spinach, Feta cheese, onions and herbs. I say 'lunch'.... It could happily be devoured at any time of the day (or night).... but my pre-gluten free memories of it convey hot summer lunch-time picnics on the beaches of the Greek Islands as a student, looking for cheap, healthy, filling sustenance.

Sadly, holidays in Greece now exclude my favourite Spanakopita, on account of the locals not (thus far) catering with a version suitable for us gluten-avoiders. Not one to want to ever miss out on the flavours of my youth however, I have now been inspired to make my own version of Spanakopita in galette form.


Those of you who follow my blog will know that back in November 2016, I discovered Jus-Rol ready-rolled gluten free puff pastry. It has made a huge difference in our busy lives to get quick puff pastry without the faff. Although you can get blocks of ready to use gluten free puff pastry via the likes of Silly Yak, Genius and Fria, I have yet to find another ready-rolled brand. So for total convenience, Jus-Rol is a winner. I get mine from larger Tesco stores, but you can get it from Ocado too.

When I first tried it back in November, I was bemused by the fact that Jus-Rol have made the ready-rolled pastry sheets round (as far as I am aware, there are no glutenous ready-rolled brands without straight edges). Not wanting to waste any pastry, I have therefore taken to finding ingenious ways to cook it up in dishes that naturally lend themselves to 'roundness'...... Watch this space..... I have another fab pie coming soon!

This Galette was a perfect choice for circular pastry. Stuffed with a generously-filled centre of freshly-wilted iron-rich spinach, finely-sliced leek, chopped red onion, crushed aromatic garlic, crumbled sharp Feta cheese and sprinkled with a seasoning of pungent oregano, sea salt and ground black peppercorns, my Spanakopita Galette is an incredibly delicious and very special vegetarian, gluten free pie.... which is amazing hot or cold...... ideal for a family meal or a #freefrompicnic wherever you may be.


Lest we forget Miss GF's negativity over the possibility of feeding her Feta and spinach, she was treated to her own very unique galette which I will post as a separate recipe very shortly...... Keep your eyes peeled..... hers was as amazing as it was quick!

I am sharing my gluten free Spanakopita Galette with :


Cook Blog Share with Recipes Made Easy

Brilliant Blog Posts with Honest Mum







Free From Fridays with Free From Farmhouse and Le Coin De Mel

Meat Free Mondays with Tinned Tomatoes


Eat Your Greens with Allotment to Kitchen and The Veg Hog

Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too





Simple & in Season with Feeding Boys

Fiesta Friday #176


Cook Once Eat Twice with Searching for Spice




Spanakopita Galette (serves 4)

Ingredients

300g fresh baby spinach
2 leeks - washed, trimmed and finely sliced
2 large red scallions or 1 small red onion - finely chopped
2 cloves garlic- crushed 
olive oil to sauté 
100g Feta cheese - crumbled
1 teaspoon dried oregano or a very small handful of fresh oregano leaves - finely chopped
salt and ground black pepper to season
milk to seal the pastry and as milk wash
1 pack (280g) Jus Rol gluten free ready rolled puff pastry (or alternative of choice)

Method

  1. Prepare your spinach by wilting in a large saucepan with approx 60 ml simmering water over a low heat for a few minutes. Drain in a colander or sieve, pushing down to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. In a separate saucepan, sauté the sliced leeks and chopped onion in a little olive oil, stirring frequently, until soft, but still pale in colour.
  3. Add the garlic and a little salt and pepper and sauté for a little longer, stirring through thoroughly. Set aside to cool completely.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 200 C/400 F/Gas 6.
  5. Lay out the round of Jus Rol pastry on a sheet of baking paper (or if you are using home made puff, or an alternative pre-made brand, roll out and cut a circle approximately 30 cm/12 inches in diameter).
  6. Pour the cold leek-onion mixture into the centre of the pastry and spread into a circle leaving a clean pastry edge of approximately 5 cm/2 inches wide.
  7. Scatter the cold, drained spinach on top and mix up slightly with the leek, making sure you keep the wide pastry rim clear.
  8. Sprinkle with oregano.
  9. Top with crumbled Feta.
  10. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper and a little more oregano.
  11. Brush the pastry edge with milk and using a sharp knife, make slightly angled cuts to about two-thirds the width of the pastry strip at intervals of about 7 cm/2½ inches.
  12. One at a time, fold the pastry strips up over the edge of the filling, brushing each top with milk as you go and then folding up the next strip, sticking and sealing to the last. Keep going until you have folded pastry around the whole pie. On the last piece, carefully lift the first piece and fold the last underneath (ensuring you brush with milk) and press to seal to each side as an even pattern.
  13. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the pastry is golden, puffed and crisp.
  14. Remove from the oven and immediately transfer to a serving plate. Eat hot or cold.
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38 comments:

  1. This looks amazing my brother has a gluten free diet so I will either make it for him or pass the recipe on to his wife thank you #brulliantblogs@_karendennis

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    1. Thanks Karen. It was such an easy pie to make. I hope your brother gets to eat it and enjoy as much as we did x

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  2. This looks really lovely - I now have made more savoury galettes than sweet ones - I would love more sweet ones but if you make a savoury then dinner is done. I can't be bothered with filo pastry so the idea of making spanikopita this way appeals

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    1. Thanks Johanna. Filo can be a bit of a pain.... Not that I have to worry about that any more! But this pie had all the right flavours and was a perfect alternative x

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  3. This galette looks so lush! Love a yummy galette--and love that they can be savoury or sweet! So easy to make in a pinch, too. Also, I run #FreeFromFridays, a weekly link party celebrating free from food and I've love it if you stopped by to share with us at this week's party! You can link directly to a recipe or to a pin from your blog. The party is live here: http://www.anyonita-nibbles.co.uk/2017/06/freefromfridays-number-6.html

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    1. Thanks Anyonita. It was such a great pie!
      Thanks for the heads-up about the linky. Are you aware that there is already another #FreeFromFridays that has been going for a couple of years?

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  4. I love spanakopita and also the idea of a savoury galette. I have to admit that I've never made a galette but they always look so tempting and it would be perfect picnic food for summer too!

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    1. And thanks so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice as well x

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  5. LOVE this! I absolutely adore Greek food and spanakopita has to be my all time favourite. What a great idea making it into a galette. You are one talented lady x

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    1. Awww.... Thanks Vicki. It was one of my better ideas I think..... A great alternative for us non-gluten eaters!

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  6. This looks really delicious. I can imagine the flavours work really well together. I must give this a try for a nice summer lunch.

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    1. Thanks Kate. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Let me know what you think if you do make it! x

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  7. Love this Kate...I now know what you were referring too...I've not even made a sweet version, but this beauty looks delicious and the perfect combo of ingredients to make me drool!...can't wait to see the other version that you have up your sleeve!

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    1. Ha! Thanks Rebecca. Having tasted it, I'm still drooling every time I look at the pics. x

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  8. What a fantastic idea to present spanakopita filling in a galette, love it. Thank you for sharing with #EatYourGreens Kate x

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    1. Thanks Shaheen, You're welcome. I was really pleased with it! x

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  9. You'v definitely won me over with this Kate! I love the free form nature of galettes (and what a great idea to make a savoury rather than sweet one!) but also because it contains feta! I love feta and would very happily eat it every day!
    Angela x

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    1. I hope so Angela. Because it was delicious. I can't recommend it enough if you like Spanakopita x

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  10. This looks wonderful! Thank you also sharing with Eat Your Greens!

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  11. I love this idea! Spanakopita is one of my favorite Greek dishes, but I personally don't have the patience to deal with the phyllo dough. This looks fantastic!

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    1. Thanks CakePants. Mine too! This seemed a really good alternative to filo. All the flavour and none of the faff! x

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  12. I love spanakopita and I never thought of putting it in a galette - a fab idea and a yummy way to eat it!

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    1. Thanks Kat..... I was more than chuffed with how it came out xx

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  13. what a fabulous recipe I love Spanakopita. I was surprised when you said there were so few savoury galettes. I tend to think of them as mainly savoury. Maybe I'm strange - don't answer that! Anyway I love the sound of this one.

    Wondering if gluten free pastry is round so that it never gets muddled up. Personally I often wish that regular puff pastry was also sold in round not everyone who can eat gluten wants to make things in squares and rectangles.

    Thank you for sharing on #CookBlogShare. Im going to make this next time my sister comes to stay as she has to eat gulten free.

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    1. Thanks Jacqueline. The round-square thing is interesting. It does seem rather odd that GF pastry would be a different shape, but having found several round ways to use it, I can see that it would also be quite a useful shape for gluten-eaters too!
      Let me know how you get on with the recipe and how your sister finds it! x

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  14. I love the sound of this one! Yum! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

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  15. I am so happy to hear about a gluten free pastry, I will have to look for it at Whole Foods out here. Love what you have done here, great idea.

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    1. Thanks Liz. Do Jus Rol sell out in the States? There must be some alternative if not...... The US is way ahead of the UK!! x

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  16. Oh yes! This is my kind of tart! Thanks for submitting it to Meat Free Monday. The roundup is live. I've shared it too :)

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    1. Thanks Jacqueline and thanks for including it in the Meat Free Monday roundup too! x

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  17. Totally LOVE this idea. I adore the flavours in a traditional Spanakopita and love galettes for their easypeasyness, so this is just perfect! :-D Eb x

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    1. Thanks Eb. It could become a favourite here..... and easypeasy for sure! x

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  18. I've not had Spanakopita before but looking at the list of ingredients (Feta, leeks, onions), I would love love love it! It also looks rather pretty I have to say. Perfect sharing food. Thanks for joining in with #FreeFromFridays.

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    1. Really? You MUST make it then Mel! Spanakopita is just amazing..... It is a must have! x

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