Onion and feta cheese flan

    Onion and feta cheese flan

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    35min


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    The flan case for this recipe is quickly made using a scone-style dough, and the subtle flavour of fresh thyme makes an ideal accompaniment to the creamy texture of the feta cheese filling. No eggs!

    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • 1½ cups (185g) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 4 tablespoons butter (80g), at room temperature
    • 150 ml sour cream
    • 500g onions
    • 2 sprigs thyme
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 125g button mushrooms
    • 250g feta cheese
    • black pepper
    • a few chives to garnish

    Directions
    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 220°C. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl, then rub in 2½ tablespoons butter. Add 4 tablespoons sour cream and mix to a soft dough.
    2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a circle about 28cm in diameter, and fit into a 25cm loose-based flan or quiche tin. Trim the edge, prick the base, line with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans or small balls of scrunched-up cooking foil. Bake blind for 10 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, halve, peel and thinly slice the onions, then strip the thyme leaves from the stems and chop finely. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the onions and thyme and fry over moderate heat until the onions are soft and golden.
    4. Melt the remaining butter in another frying pan. Clean and halve the mushrooms and fry until lightly browned, then stir in the rest of the sour cream and keep warm.
    5. Remove the paper and baking beans or foil from the flan case, then return to the oven for a few minutes until the pastry is golden.
    6. Snip the chives. Crumble the feta cheese into the onions. Heat for 1minute then season to taste with pepper. Spoon the mixture into the flan case and spoon the mushrooms over the top. Sprinkle with chives and more pepper and serve.

    NUTRIENTS PER SERVING:

    good source of vitamins A, B group, E and folate, and calcium.

    VARIATION

    You can add extra colour to this flan by using red onions; you can also use a variety of mushrooms, rather than just the one.

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