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Kale and Zucchini Pie

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Kale is a leafy green vegetable related to mustards, broccoli and collards. It is incredibly packed with vitamins A , C and K, and is considered a great anti-inflammatory. It’s glycemic load is 3 ,This means it will not make your blood sugar spike .
But how does it taste?
It’s zippy and simply yummy in traditional soups and stews but, did you know it can take full center stage in a pie? Well it can! We added thin slices of yellow zucchini and cheese instead of a  pie crust top and presto!  A delicious , nutritious and figure friendly  is born . So from our kitchen to yours to enjoy : Kale and zucchini pie.

Ingredients:

3 cups chopped kale
1 onion , chopped
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup part skim ricotta
2 tbls olive oil
freshly grated nutmeg to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1 yellow zucchini or 2 yellow crooked neck squash , thinly sliced
1 pie crust ( bottom only)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 320 degrees. Meanwhile in a large skillet, saute the onions with the oil, salt and pepper over medium heat  till slightly brown. Add the chopped kale and saute till slightly wilted. Turn off the heat and add the nutmeg, ricotta and the eggs. Mix lightly till incorporated.

Place the mixture in the bottom pie shell, distributing evenly, sprinkle  with the grated cheese, then top with the thin zucchini slices till all the mixture is covered. You can get as fancy or as simple as you like, stacking in a fan-like fashion or randomly.

Place in the middle rack of the oven and let bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven , let cool slightly, slice and enjoy!

Variation: you can also make individual pies, just adjust cooking time to 25 minutes.


Baked Whole Wheat Tomato Pockets


It is calzone? Is it a pie? No it’s a baked tomato pocket, the perfect little snack, appetizer or to have a couple for lunch. These delicious, lasagna-like treats are quick and easy to make. The crust is loaded with the goodness of whole wheat and olive oil, or use store bought rolled up pie  crust instead.  Try it instead of pizza for a change!

It make an excellent tapa and can be enjoyed  with blue cheese, sopressata, and a glass of Fernet Branca

Ingredients: (makes 12 pockets)

1 recipe pie crust
3 fresh roma tomatoes, chopped
2 Tbsp chopped basil
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup ricotta or cream cheese
salt & pepper to taste

 

For the crust:

2 cups  whole wheat flour
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp sugar 
1/2 cup chilled water 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Meanwhile , prepare crust. Place flour, salt and sugar in a food processor and pulse to mix .  Turn mix to on and add the olive oil by  drizzle . You should have a weird looking wet sand mix. With the machine on, add water by tablespoons till a ball forms and stop. Take dough out and place in bowl and cover with plastic and place in the fridge. Let rest for 15 minutes .

Take out of the fridge and roll out pie crust ,cut 2 to 3 inch diameter circles.  You may use a biscuit cutter,  but a can or a an inverted glass work just as well. Place the chopped tomatoes in a bowl, add the chopped basil, add salt & pepper to taste.
In the center of each dough  circle, place 1 tbsp of the tomato mix and a teaspoon of ricotta. Seal the circle to the top by wetting the crust and pinching it together with your fingers.

Drizzle a baking sheet with olive oil, place the pockets 2 inches apart and brush the rest of the olive oil on top of the pockets. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pockets are golden brown. Enjoy with blue cheese, sopressata, and a glass of Fernet Branca

Cannoli Pie

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We Love cannoli, but do not have the patience or the equipment for making and frying the whole deal. So  we tried to get the lovely flavor of the traditional Italian  cannoli in an easy to assemble pie . After several tries with an array of ingredients, we hit the best combination of flavor and texture!
So if you are in the mood for cannoli and there is not an Italian bakery in sight, or if you want to surprise your guests with the perfect end to an Italian menu ,  this easy cannoli pie will fit the bill . In case of nut allergies, please  omit the pistachios.

 

Ingredients:

1 pie shell
3 cups ricotta , drained if too liquid
1 cup sugar
juice of one orange
rind of one orange
1 Tbsp orange liquer
1 egg
Dark chocolate shavings ( for decoration)
1/4 cup chopped pistacchios

 Heat oven to 325 degrees. Meanwhile, in a food processor, mix the ricotta cheese with the sugar and the orange juice, the rind and the liqueur.  Mix smooth ( about 2 minutes). Add the egg and continue to mix till uniform.

Pour mixture into pie shell and bake for 55 to 60 minutes (depending on your oven) till the top has a shiny sheen, and the consistency of  cooked creme brule ( it will wiggle slightly when shaken) . Let cool  to room temperature  or at least for 4 hours before serving, Slice the pie and top with chocolate shavings and pistachios ( if using) .ENJOY!

 

Ricotta and Sun-dried Tomato and Spinach Pie

 

This is what comfort food is all about! In this pie, ricotta combines with spinach and tasty sun-dried tomatoes to create a wonderful  crowd-pleaser. Great for brunch, lunch , the holidays, or for a delectable meat-free dinner.  It’s best make to make 2 together. Eat one for dinner and slice a piece for lunch . The flavors combine and taste even better the next day!!

Ingredients: (For each 8 inch pie)

1 pie crust (top and bottom)
2 cups fresh ricotta
1 cup fresh spinach, blanched or 1 cup frozen ( defrost in microwave, pour out excess liquid)
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, julienned
1 chopped shallot
2 Tbls oil
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
pepper & salt to taste
1 beaten egg (to use as egg-wash), replace with milk for egg-free

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Sauté the shallots, turn the heat off and in the same pan incorporate the spinach, sun dried tomatoes and the nutmeg. Mix in the grated cheese and the ricotta. Taste for salt & pepper.

Spoon the mixture in the pie crust, put on top crust. Seal the sides, prick the top with a fork. Paint with the beaten egg and cook in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until the piecrust is cooked. Let cool for 15 minutes and serve. This pie is also great cold.

Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes

Sometimes you can’t pass a good deal on Roma tomatoes! And thanks to modern markets, they are available year round. 
That’s what inspired this delicious appetizer that can be served hot or cold.
Try these for Christmas parties, wine tastings, barbecues or a nice brunch. The leftovers ( if any) go very well cold on top of greens or hot with pasta.

 

Ingredients:

8 Roma tomatoes, cut on a diagonal, cored & drained, (put upside down on paper towel for 10 minutes)
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup chopped scallions sautéed in olive oil
4 Tbls grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan
pinch of grated nutmeg to (leave out in case of nut allergies)
 salt & pepper to taste

Mix the ricotta with the other ingredients in a bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.
Spoon the mix in the tomatoes. Garnish with green onion, grated cheese or olives.
If served hot, broil in a 450 Degree oven for 5 minutes