Easter Riviera Pie

Easter Riviera Pie

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Cooking time

Prep: 1 hr - 1 hr, 15 mins Cook: 30 mins - 35 mins Plus cooling

Skill level

For the keen cook

Servings

Serves 8

A traditional vegetarian Mediterrannean dish with a rich pastry

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
574
protein
14g
carbs
47g
fat
38g
saturates
17g
fibre
4g
sugar
0g
salt
1.05g

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 450g plain flour
  • 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 225g butter

For the filling

  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus a little more if needed
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, very finely chopped
  • 400g bag washed and prepared spinach
  • 400g can cooked artichoke bottoms or hearts in brine or oil (not the pickled type in vinegar), well drained and halved
  • 6 medium eggs, boiled for 6 minutes

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Method

  1. Up to a day ahead, make the pastry by rubbing the flour and butter together with your fingers until you have achieved a crumbly texture. Mix the eggs, olive oil and 1⁄2 teaspoon salt with the flour – if the pastry is too crumbly, add 1 tablespoon warm water. Wrap the pastry in cling film and put in the fridge to chill for at least an hour and up to a day ahead.
  2. On the day, prepare the filling. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large frying pan or wok, tip in the onion and fry over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes until lightly coloured and softened. Stir in the garlic and continue cooking for a further 2 minutes. Tip this mixture into a large bowl.
  3. In the same pan, heat another tablespoon of the oil and cook the spinach in batches for 3-4 minutes until wilted, tipping each batch into a colander to drain (you may need to add a little more oil to the pan after the second batch).
  4. When all the spinach is cooked, heat another tablespoon of oil in the pan and fry the artichokes for 3-4 minutes until they begin to brown. Tip the artichokes and drained spinach into the bowl of onion and garlic, mix thoroughly and season generously. Cover and leave to cool.
  5. Boil and peel the eggs, then immerse in a bowl of cold water and keep in the fridge.
  6. In the afternoon, preheat your oven to 190C/Gas 5/fan oven 170C. Divide the pastry in two, one piece a little larger than the other. Roll out a 35cm/14in disc and a 30cm/12in disc and trim the edges. If you are feeling creative, use the trimmings to make decorative pastry leaves.
  7. Lightly oil a shallow, loose-bottomed 25cm/10in flan tin and line it with the larger pastry disc, making sure that you have an even rim protruding slightly above the side of the tin. If your pastry begins to crack, patch it up with some of the trimmings. Spoon the filling into the case. Remove the eggs from the water and dry gently. Cut in half and push them, cut side up, into the filling. Brush the protruding pastry rim with a little oil and use the remaining disc as a lid, crimping the edges together neatly. Decorate with pastry leaves if you’ve made them and brush with more olive oil.
  8. Bake the pie for about 30-35 minutes – the filling is fully cooked before baking, so it’s only necessary to bake long enough for the pastry to be fully cooked. Allow the pie to cool and serve at room temperature.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2002

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flirtinflight's picture
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I made this yesterday for easter sunday. None of us are vegetarian (especially not my husband!), but we all enjoyed it very much. The only thing I think I should have done is rinse the artichokes because I thought they were a bit salty. But not a difficult recipe to follow. Really liked the eggs inside.

hannahthefish's picture

Made this for my GCSE food tech and it was brilliant. Replaced articokes with leeks, worked brilliantly and tasted awesome. Will definatly cook again with pleasure!

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