From My Italian Heart: Recipes from an Italian kitchen, Guy Grossi, Lantern, 2005.
There was sufficient pastry dough left over from a previous cooking time to make another pie so I got stuck into this one.
A kilo of pumpkin was cut up, placed in a baking tin, seasoned and sprayed with a little oil and put into a 180ªC oven to bake. When it was done—about 20 minutes—it was taken out and left to cool. While it was cooling a leek was cut up finely and chopped and sautéed.
The pumpkin now went into a bowl to be mashed. The cooked leek was added together with about a cup of grated parmesan cheese and another cup of gruyere cheese. Two eggs were beaten and stirred in.
|The pie was served with Egyptian roasted Brussels sprouts.|
The dough was now halved and rolled out in two sections: one for the base and one for the top. This was a bit of a mistake for there was really only enough for a base but I persevered rolling it out thinly to make both. The result was that when the pie cooked the top shrank and became a disk sitting on top of the filling. The taste wasn’t affected though.
Though the pie was fine enough to eat it didn’t really do a lot for me. I think I prefer sweet pumpkin pies. I soon found that getting through a slice slowed me down and I didn’t want to finish it. It was really filling and had a texture that filled the mouth somehow. Possibly it needed something in it that would add a little variety, perhaps something crunchy.
Ease of cooking: ✔✔✔