Torta Verde

(Serves 8)

INGREDIENTS
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
Olive oil for cooking
2 lbs. spinach, washed, chopped and salted (chopped kale may also be added to the spinach for extra green color)
2 to 3 cups chicken broth, simmering
¾-cup of risotto rice (Arborio)
4 eggs
4 Tablespoons Ocean’s Balance Kelp Purée
4 Tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Spice mixture – equal parts nutmeg, basil and oregano
Salt
Seasoned Italian breadcrumbs
 

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a pie plate and then coat bottom and sides with breadcrumbs. In a large sauté pan, cook the onion in a few tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat until limp, then add the garlic and cook a minute longer. Add the spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted. Add the rice and stir well. When the edges of the rice grains are translucent, add a ladle of hot chicken broth and stir until absorbed. Keep cooking for 10 minutes, adding more chicken broth as it is absorbed, and stirring constantly.  The rice should be a bit hard. Cool.  In a separate bowl, combine eggs, Kelp Purée, cheese and a tablespoon of the spice mixture.  Add to spinach and rice mixture; stir well to blend all ingredients. Pour mixture into buttered and crumbed pie plate. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs, a few pinches of the spice mixture, and a few small pats of butter. Bake for approximately one hour, or until set. Allow to cool rest for 15 minutes before serving.   Serve the torta with a grated carrot salad for a colorful and delicious meal. 

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