Moroccan spiced pie

Moroccan spiced pie

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Cooking time

Prep: 1 hr, 30 mins Cook: 35 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 6

The perfect showpiece to your Christmas Day meal - and it's suitable for veggies

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
987
protein
21g
carbs
82g
fat
66g
saturates
15g
fibre
7g
sugar
13g
salt
1.64g

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp each coriander and cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp paprika, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 150ml/¼ pint olive oil
  • 900g squash, peeled and cut into small chunks (about 2cm)
  • 12 shallots, quartered
  • 4cm/1½ in piece root ginger, finely chopped
  • 140g whole blanched almonds
  • 140g shelled pistachios
  • 75g pack dried cranberries
  • 6 tbsp clear honey
  • 225g pack fresh spinach
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 100g butter
  • 8 large sheets of filo pastry
  • lemon wedges to serve

For the harissa yogurt sauce

  • 200g carton Greek yogurt
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 3 large sprigs mint, leaves chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp harissa paste

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to fan 180C/ conventional 200C/gas 6. Dry fry the seeds briefly in a small pan over a medium heat until toasty – don’t let them burn. Grind coarsely using a pestle and mortar (or a bowl and the end of a rolling pin), then mix in the paprika, cinnamon, 1⁄2 tsp salt and 4 tbsp oil. Tip the squash into a roasting tin, pour over the spiced oil and toss. Roast for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp of oil in a frying pan, add the shallots and cook, stirring, until they start to brown. Stir in the ginger and 100g/4oz each almonds and pistachios.When brown, toss in the cranberries, 2 tbsp honey, and the spinach so it wilts. Take off the heat and stir into the squash, when it comes out of the oven. Set aside.
  3. In a food processor, whizz the chickpeas with the garlic, cumin, remaining oil, lemon juice, 2 tbsp water and salt and pepper to make houmous. Stir in the coriander.
  4. Melt the butter in a small pan. Put a loose-bottomed 28cm quiche tin on a baking sheet and brush with some butter. Keeping the filo covered with a damp cloth so it doesn’t dry out, lay one sheet over half of the tin so that it hangs over the edge by about 10cm. Lay another sheet on the other side, so it overlaps the first in the centre and hangs over the opposite edge. Brush with butter. Lay two more filo sheets in the opposite direction in the same way and brush with more butter.
  5. Build up two more layers in this way, so you use a total of eight sheets of filo. Pile half the squash mixture in the centre of the pastry. Spread over the houmous and then the rest of the squash mixture.One at a time, bring the edge of each filo sheet up to the centre to cover the filling, creating voluptuous folds as you go. Brush carefully with more butter. (If making a day ahead, cover now with cling film and chill. To reheat, remove the pie from the fridge, heat the oven, then bake for 35-40 minutes.)
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until crisp and golden. Just before the pie is ready, reheat any remaining butter in the pan, tip in the rest of the nuts and fry until golden. Spoon in the 4 remaining tbsps of honey and, when it melts, take off the heat and pour over the pie. Serve with Harissa yogurt sauce (mix the yogurt and milk together to make a thin sauce, stir in the herbs and season. Swirl in harissa to taste) and lemon wedges.

Recipe from Good Food Vegetarian Christmas magazine, December 2006

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EstellaLaru's picture
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Really worth the effort! The harissa sauce really makes this dish sing!

milosmum's picture

This is truly easy to make for a dinner party. I got it all ready in advance. It tasted great and was very impressive. A winner!

lynnhallam's picture

I made this pie as the vegetarian option at a dinner party for a group of girlfriends, only one is a vegetarian but they all loved it and went home with the recipe. It looks so good, it was the highlight of the meal!!

wendypatterson's picture

Made this yesterday as a 'rehearsal' for xmas day. Really enjoyed making it even though it takes a while. It assembled beautifully which is the part I expected to find tricky. It looked spectacular BUT we found it far too sweet and not really very spicy. I wonder what I did wrong? One of my teenagers queried whether it was supposed to be a pudding (!)- and I only used a small spoon of honey for the glaze. Will definitely make again but will omit the honey completely (except for a little glaze) and probably reduce the nuts and cranberries and use more spice. So I am still searching for the perfect non-meat xmas day dish - I am going to try a courgette/mushroom/cheese loaf with apricot and oatmeal stuffing in puff pastry next ...

scalywitch's picture
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I spotted this yesterday and it made my mouth water looking at it and reading the reviews so just had to make it, I didn't change a thing and it is wonderful, it looks beautiful and has such a range of flavours it would not fail to impress. It would make a stunning centrepice for a vegi xmas but appeals to carnivores too, lovely.

freya99's picture

Great recipe. I always use shortcrust. I usually blitz the shallots as dont like chunks of onion. Have used the filling to make small pasties for parties. Ive also used it with bread dough (roll out, pile on filling, then roll up and cook as a loaf) Chilled overnight, then sliced, it makes a lovely spicy sandwich for a picnic.

pkccat's picture
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Fantastic! I made this last year for myself and my sister in law, for our Christmas meal. I'm veggie, and so is she but she also dislikes mushrooms and cheese (usual veggie alternatives). All the meat eaters tried some and at the end of the meal it was all gone! Only problem I have now is trying to upstage it this Christmas!!

catcooks's picture
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Delicious! To cut down the time and effort involved (and because there was no filo pastry in my nearest 3 supermarkets!) i was reduced to changing the whole thing to a shortcrust pastry open pie experiment. The filling was versatile enough to take the abuse, and it meant i skipped steps 4-6 and just had to blind bake the pie crust for 5 mins, layer up the squash mix and houmous, and pop the pie in the oven for 30-35 mins.

(served with oven roasted root veg and red onions)

kayspinnaker's picture

I'm going to make this for a dinner party on Saturday. What would you suggest I serve with it?

ryansmilla's picture
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I've made this twice at Christmas. The first time just for my husband and myself (and yes, it does freeze!), but the second time for guests. I was going to cook something different just for variety, but my husband begged me to make that pie again. It went down a storm with our guests and they went home clutching a copy of the recipe.

I agree though: Get ready shelled pistachios if you can.

shirleybeau's picture
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made this when we had some friends round for dinner. people raved about this for days after and everyone wants me to make it again. worth the effort.

carmencoxon's picture
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I made this receipe but was a bit worried about the fat content so I did a few things to bring it down. I only put about 2 tbs of oil into the humous and it was still very tasty. I also cut the nuts down and put in 50g of each and I still thought it was plenty. And I also fried and roasted the veg in a little less oil than recommended so I reckon I cut out about 150-200g of fat from the whole pie in the end. And it was very tasty. Also, there were no shallots in the whole of Oxford so I substituted with red onion and I thought it worked very well. Yum.

gangajay's picture
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This is a great recipe. Although we're not vegetarian, this is now a fixture at Christmas dinner alongside the turkey. We've been making this every year since the recipe appeared in the magazine. The leftovers are also brilliant the next day.

thomas2's picture
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Just delicious. will make again often, well worth the time it takes!

lisaprice's picture
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Took a while to make, but i think you would get to know the recipe after few goes so it wouldn't take as long. My husband was very dubious and ready to go and get a chinese, but it was stunning. So many flavours, he even said it was better than the veggie version that M&S used to make. Might try and make half the amount next time as it was just for us and make 2 individual ones in yorkshire pudding tins instead.

beckym's picture

Made this on Boxing Day but with chestnuts instead of the other nuts and had to make shortcrust pastry for the top as when I opened the filo pastry it was mouldy. was well worth the effort though as it all got gobbled up

jessicajwilson's picture
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Did this as the veggie alternative at Christmas and it went down a storm, even with the meat-eaters. So colourful and so many different flavours too. Didn't do the topping as i ran out of time but it was great as it was - the harissa sauce makes it.

fizpimperton's picture
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really tasty and looks very impressive

mntracey's picture
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oh just to add if you can buy ready shelled pistachios as otherwise your fingers are nearly falling off by the end of shelling but still well worth the effort

mntracey's picture
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i made this last year for the xmas youth dinner at church as the veggie option and everyone loved it so much i'm making it again this year as well

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