Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Blue Cheese Cauliflower Pie

I'm not a huge fan of pies, but Per is, so I do make them occasionally. This one was really nice, and it helped me use up half a head of cauliflower that was just sitting around. I threw in some broccoli florets for good measure, too. Yum! We ate this with sauteed garlicky mushrooms, and a salad.

Blue Cheese Cauliflower Pie
Serves 4

For the dough:
75 g margarine
3 dl flour (1 cup + 3 tbsp)
pinch of salt
1-2 tsp water

For the filling:

250 g blue cheese (I used a lovely ecological Danish blue cheese)
3 eggs
300 ml milk
1/2 head cauliflower, in small florets
200 g broccoli, in small florets
salt, pepper

Mix the dough in a food processor, and let it rest for half an hour or more in the fridge. Pat it into a pie dish, and bake blind for 10 minutes at 200 degrees C. (~400 F)

Blanch your vegetables for about five minutes. They shouldn't be soft all the way through, but not raw either. Place in the pre-baked pie shell.

For the filling, beat the eggs and milk. Crumble in the cheese. Season with salt and pepper, and mix until smooth. Pour over the veggies in the pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes or until the filling sets and you get some golden color to it. It takes different times, depending on how large/deep your pie dish is.


Henrik said...

...and as if by magic, you just answered the question that had just begun to materialize in the back of my head; "I wonder what I'm having for dinner tonight...?" :)

Some time ago I tried another interesting blue cheese-based pie that I got the recipe for from Sophie Grigson on the BBC: pie crust as per your recipe, baked blind, bottom covered with caramelized red onion. Poach whole cloves of garlic (loads of them) briefly in milk, mix in eggs and crumbled blue cheese and pour over the onion. Top off with lots of chives, cut into 2 cm pieces. Bake until set and golden. Very aromatic, and very tasty.

Henrik said...

...and 7 hours later, I can't but agree with you; this was truly delicious. Creamy, aromatic and generally very lovely. Thanks for the tip!

Anne said...

Yeay, I'm so glad you tried it - and liked it! :) Sophie Grigson's version sounds delicious too... I think I'd like to add goat's cheese there maybe, and maybe top with some bacon? Ah, worth a try! :)

Cindy said...

Very nice looking pie. I should try it, like cauliflower very much. Thanks for the idea.

lindy said...

This looks lovely. Faced with several pretty little cauliflowers from my CSA farmbox, and some nice blue cheese, all of which had to be used up soon-I made (and posted about) a soup. I topped it with some cubes of ripe pear, and liked the combination.

If I have these goodies to use up again, I am going to try your pie-which sounds luscious. I do like the idea of a bit of bacon, too.

Sandra said...

Låter mycket gott, har bara testat med broccoli, ska göra denna med.