Recipe for a potato, leek and cheese filled savory pie.
I love pies. Love them. If you asked me if I wanted a cake or a pie, I’d choose pie. I guess I’m my father’s daughter. Every year, for his birthday, he gets a pie instead of a cake – usually chocolate meringue. Last year, each of his children and my mom brought over a pie for his birthday. We had a lot of pie that night, but it sure was fun!! So needless to say, when I saw that Martha Stewart was coming out with a cookbook on pies, I had to get it.
So – the cookbook came out in March. I bought my copy when it came out. And it sat on my counter. For weeks. I looked through it over and over again, but was having a hard time finding the energy and motivation to make one of the (many) bookmarked recipes. And then – go figure – I end up making a savory pie instead of a sweet one!!
But let me tell you – if this recipe is any indication of how well I’ll like the other recipes in this book, I know I’ll love it. This was one of those dinners that you find yourself thinking about for hours after you eat it. In fact, I was thinking about it for days after I ate it. And now, blogging about it, I’m thinking about it again and wanting more!! It does take a little bit longer than most of the dinners I make, and it’s not necessarily a healthy dinner, but man – it was good.
I can’t wait to try out some of the sweet recipes in this book, and this one was definitely a good choice!!
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A savory pie filled with potatoes and leeks.
- 3 Yukon Gold potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds
- coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 5 garlic cloves, crushed with flat side of a large knife
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 leek, white and pale green parts only, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise, and washed well
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 large egg yolk, for egg wash
- all-purpose flour, for dusting
- 1 box store-bought puff pastry, preferably all butter, thawed
- 1 1/2 cups grated Gruyere cheese
- 1 – Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then salt the water. Cook until the potatoes are tender, 13-15 minutes. Drain, and set aside to cool.
- 2 – In a small saucepan, combine 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons of the cream, the garlic and the nutmeg. Bring to a boil. Cook until it is reduced by half, then season with salt and pepper.
- 3 – In a saute pan, melt the butter. Add the leeks and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove the leeks from the heat and stir in the parsley.
- 4 – Whisk the egg yolk with the remaining tablespoon of cream. Lightly flour a surface, and roll out the puff pastry into two 13×6-inch rectangles. Set one of the rectangles on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place half of the potatoes on the pastry, leaving a half inch border, overlapping the potatoes. Layer on half the leeks and half the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat the layers with the remaining potatoes, leeks and cheese. Brush the edges of the dough with the egg wash, then place the second rectangle of puff pastry on top. Gently press the edges to seal. Cut 2-inch slits crosswise in the center of the crust, 2 inches apart, to let the steam escape. Brush the top of the pastry with the remaining egg wash. Cover, and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
- 5 – Preheat the oven to 400F. Bake the pie until it is golden brown and puffy, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven. Pour the cream mixture into the pie vents with a funnel. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
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