Since my entries are so few and far between these days, I jump at any chance I get to cook a recipe from my “Plenty” cookbook! This one is for a Christmas Eve eve gathering with friends. I opted for a not-too-festive dish, but since broccoli is often known as a “little tree” maybe it can be Christmas-y after all 😉
Tonight I made Broccoli and Gorgonzola Pie (pg. 92). It is pretty much exactly what it sounds.
The recipe was simple, but the process…well, while it was relatively easy, there was a “whoops!”moment with the crust.
I admit, I bought frozen puff pastry shells. I have yet to attempt homemade puff pastry and I decided not to try it out for the first time for a potluck (or on a day that I still had to work!). I took it out to thaw, then re-froze it for 10 minutes, as per the recipe, then blind baked the shell. Chef kindly called for “baking beans” with which to blind bake the pastry shell (rather than pastry weights, which I do not own). However, my beans were either (a) not heavy enough, or (b) not enough, or (c) both. My pastry shell blew-up around the edges and the bean all got centered into the middle, so only a portion of the shell was flat… whoops! Oh well.
I was still able to stuff the leek mix, the broccoli, and the gorgonzola into the shell and fit the top shell-lid over it…it was just a little flakier…
Then it baked, came out and cooled, and was taken over to the feast! It was very well received. We only came home with a small sliver of a piece leftover.
This is definitely a 5 star recipe! It was tasty, relatively simple, took about an hour and a half (since I bought the puff pastry), and was a crowd pleaser. The gorgonzola was strong, but not overpoweringly so. My boyfriend, funnily enough, mentioned to me on the car ride home that he loved, but thought that with all the cheese, and cream, and butter crust, it was a little on the heavy side. He said, you should probably warn your bloggers about that. I said, Chef already did! The opening paragraph to the recipe says Chef received a “letter grumbling about the amount of fat in the pie.” But we both agree with Chef, we definitely enjoyed this pie fully! (Mine, L; Chef’s, R, pg. 93).