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Kale and Collier’s cheddar filo pie

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Kale and Collier's cheddar filo pie
Serves 4
This kale and cheddar pie is perfect to serve as a vegetarian alternative to a meaty Easter roast. It goes really well with the usual roast potatoes, vegetables and maybe even a splash of gravy - so you can stick with your favourite side dishes, and just change the focus of the meal. It's creamy and cheesy, with a flaky filo crust - and plenty of kale to make you feel good about your Easter dinner!
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Ingredients
  1. 150g curly kale
  2. 1tbsp oil
  3. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 5 large sheets filo pastry (~100g)
  5. Spray oil or melted butter
  6. 250g ricotta
  7. Small bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  8. 1tbsp basil pesto
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 150g Collier’s Powerful Welsh Cheddar, grated
  11. Salt
  12. Black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
  2. Remove the tough stems from the kale, and discard. Chop the leaves.
  3. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan, and add the chopped kale and minced garlic. Cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant and the kale has softened. Set aside.
  4. Lightly grease a spring-form cake tin - the exact size doesn’t matter, but mine measured around 9 inches. Lay a sheet of filo on top, and press it gently into the tin. Don’t worry if it tears a little, as the other layers will cover them. Spray the filo lightly with oil or brush with melted butter, and add another layer of pastry. If your filo sheets are rectangular, vary the orientation each time. Repeat with the remaining 3 layers of filo, greasing lightly between layers.
  5. Transfer the kale to a large bowl, and add the ricotta, parsley, pesto, eggs, and about two thirds of the grated cheddar. Mix thoroughly until well combined, and season generously.
  6. Add the pie filling to the pastry, and spread it out evenly. Top with the remaining cheddar. Trim off any excess pastry, leaving only about an inch of pastry around the edge. Crumple this excess pastry to form the crust.
  7. Place in the preheated oven, and bake for around 40 minutes, or until the cheese topping is golden brown, and the pastry is crispy. Remove from the cake tin, and serve warm.
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