One summer in Israel my parents purchased a cookbook called “pashtidot”. A pashtida is very similar to a quiche. It is a baked dish composed of eggs, cheese, veggies, or meat, or any combination of those ingredients. You can choose to make it with or without a crust. A cheese-based pashtida is a staple in most Israeli homes. In my family, we are all Cheese LOVERS so every weekend without fail we have one type of cheese based pashtida.
This book is one of the oldest recipe books I own and its written in Hebrew which makes things all the more interesting. It has so many amazing recipes some of which I haven’t even got a chance to try yet but I am working on them. One of my favorite recipes is a cheese and corn based dish. This is a great dish to make during these Nine Days. The Nine Days is a religious observance in Judaism that takes place during the first nine days of the Jewish Month of Av. During these days we are forbidden by Jewish law to eat poultry or meat.
CORN/ CHEESE PASHTIDA
1 Tbsp flour
¾ cups milk
6 eggs separated in two bowls (one just whites and one just yolks)
400 grams canned sweet corn or frozen corn
350grams shredded Muenster cheese and a few slices of cheese for the top (if you would like you can add 2 spoons of ricotta cheese or a spoon of grated feta cheese as well)
¼ tsp nutmeg
Salt and Pepper to taste
1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
2) Melt the butter in a pot
3) Add the flour and mix with the butter
4) Add the milk and mix until its smooth
5) Add the yolks one by one and mix well after each addition
6) If you are using canned corn make sure to strain it and if you are using frozen corn then cook it to let it defrost then strain it.
7) Add the corn, cheese , nutmeg, salt and pepper
8) Whisk the egg whites and fold them into the mixture in the pot
9) Spray a round tin with cooking spray and pour in the pashtida mixture and put a sliced cheese on top.
10) Bake in the oven about 45minutes or until it turns a golden color and it looks ready.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
“Life is great. Cheese makes it better.”
~ Avery Aames