Last weekend was my best friend's birthday party. We can't have an un-themed party and her themes always seem to be the best. Past themes have included white trash and pimps 'n' hoes. This year was cartoon themed. The hubs and I were Dr. Benton Quest and Hadji. I was so proud of his commitment; he shaved his beard into that quintessential Quest facial hair. Food somehow became difficult so most of it ended up being kid-oriented. I made meatballs (a la Meatwad. ATHF, anyone?) and obviously I had to do something with spinach. It is probably the most classic cartoon food there is. I do spanikopita a lot, it is one of my go-to party foods, so I wanted to do something different. These tartletes ended up being so incredibly easy because I didn't bother with a homemade pie crust. (And they disappeared really fast, before most people arrived.) Make these for your next party, seriously.
1 pkg refrigerated pie crusts (2 9-inch)
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 oz goat cheese, softened
2 oz cream cheese, softened
10 oz frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and water squeezed out
2 lrg eggs
1/2 C shredded parmesan
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt (~1/2 tsp) and pepper (~1/4 tsp)
Heat about 2 tsp of the oil over med/med-lo heat. Saute onions until soft and very lightly golden, 7-8 minutes. Quickly saute garlic with onion, just to take out the raw flavor (~30 sec).
Cream the goat cheese and cream cheese together. Mix in eggs. Add spinach, onions, garlic, and the rest of the oil. Salt and pepper.
Lightly flour surface and unroll pie crust. Cut into 3 inch circles. You will need to bring dough together and roll it out again to get enough circles. You can get 12 circles from one 9-in circle; it will use all of the dough. (Try to at least get 10.)
Lightly spray a regular sized muffin tin. Gently fit the circles into pan. Poke the bottom of the shell with a fork so they don't puff up too much.
Bake at 350 deg F for 10 minutes.
Pull shells out of muffin tin and place on a baking sheet. Fill with about 1 Tbsp of spinach and cheese mixture. Sprinkle with parmesan.
Bake at 350 deg F for 12-14 minutes.
Makes 24 tartletes.
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