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
- 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
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
- Iron 31.0
- Folate 49.0
- Calcium 10.0
- Vitamin A 30.0
- Vitamin C 8.0