Saturday, March 23, 2013

Spinach Crostini

              As you may have guessed from my previous posts, Spinach is one of my favorite greens. Considering the abundant nutrients in these little green leaves, I try to incorporate in various different dishes and always love experimenting with it

               So here is my yet another spinach dish, Spinach Crostini.

  • 1 loaf Ciabatta bread
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Garlic clove halved
  • 3 Garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 8 cups Spinach leaves
  • 1 cup Italian Cheese (I used Mozzarella and Italian Blend mixed)
  • Salt to taste
  • Cut the bread into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • Preheat the oven at 400o F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Arrange the bread slices in a single layer on the baking sheet and drizzle them with Olive Oil.
  • Bake them for about 10 minutes or until they are light golden brown.
  • When done, let them cool for 2 minutes. 
  • Then, with the halved garlic, rub the warm toasts to give them a nice garlicky flavor
  • Set the toasts aside. Then, heat a pan over medium heat. 
  • Add 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • Add the garlic and saute it for a minute or until it is fragrant.
  • Now add the spinach and cook it for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add salt and red pepper flakes and mix it well
  • Remove it from heat
  • Now, using tongs, arrange this spinach mixture on top of the toasts evenly.
  • Sprinkle it with cheese.
  • Bake it for another 7-8 minutes at 400o F until the cheese melts and starts bubbling.
  • Serve hot and Enjoy!

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