Wilted Greens with Raisins, Pine Nuts and Garlic Croûtes

Author: Canadian Living

These attractive hors d'oeuvres from our new cookbook, Canadian Living Cooks (Random House Canada, 2003, $29.95) are served everywhere from Genoa to Sicily and Catalonia to Provence.

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2003

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 5 anchovy fillets
  • 4 cups packed fresh baby spinach
  • 1 Calabrese loaf (300-340 g)
  • 5 large minced cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup pine nut
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 6 lemon wedges

Method

In small bowl, cover raisins with boiling water; let stand for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, soak anchovies in cold water for 10 minutes; drain and set aside.

Wash spinach, trimming if necessary; shake off excess water. Chop coarsely. Transfer, in batches if necessary, to large skillet or saucepan; cover and cook over medium-high heat until wilted, about 5 minutes. Drain in sieve and let cool; press out excess liquid. Set aside.

Cut baguette into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick slices; arrange on rimmed baking sheets. In small saucepan, warm just over half of the garlic in 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the oil over low heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in half each of the salt and pepper. Brush over bread, leaving garlic bits in pan. Toast bread in 350°F (180°C) oven, turning once, until crisp and golden, 10 to 15 minutes; set aside.

Meanwhile, on small rimmed baking sheet, toast pine nuts in 350°F (180°C) oven until golden, about 8 minutes. Set aside.

In large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat; cook remaining garlic, salt and pepper for 2 minutes. Add anchovies; mash until smooth. Add spinach and raisins; toss together and heat through until spinach is coated.

Arrange in centre of warmed serving dish; sprinkle with toasted pine nuts. Surround with toasted croûtes. Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 646 mg
  • Protein 10 g
  • Calories 377.0
  • Total fat 21 g
  • Cholesterol 3 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 41 g

%RDI

  • Iron 31.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 49.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 10.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 30.0
  • Vitamin C 8.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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