Savory Delight: Moroccan Pastel Pie Recipe

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  • Prep Time
    1 Hour
  • Cook Time
    1 Hour
  • Serving
    4
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Embark on a flavorful journey with our Moroccan pastel pie recipe. This exquisite dish combines delicate layers of flaky pastry and a succulent filling, creating a symphony of North African spices that will transport your taste buds to a Moroccan marketplace. Perfect for gatherings or a special dinner, this pastel pie is a true culinary masterpiece.

Ingredients

Pastry

Filling

Assembly

Nutrition

Per Serving

  • Daily Value*
  • Calories: 450
  • Protein: 20g
    40%
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
    50%
  • Fat: 27g
    35%
  • Fiber: 3g
    12%
  • Sugars: 1g
  • Sodium: 500mg
    22%

Instructions

Pastry Perfection:

  • 1. In a bowl, combine flour and salt. Add cold, cubed butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to incorporate until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • 2. Gradually add cold water, mixing until the dough just comes together.
  • 3. Shape the dough into a ball, flatten slightly, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.


Savory Filling:

  • 1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground meat until browned. Remove excess fat if needed.
  • 2. Add chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté until the onion is translucent.
  • 3. Stir in ground cumin, paprika, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and pepper. Cook for another minute.
  • 4. Add green peas and cook until they are tender. Remove from heat and stir in chopped cilantro. Let the filling cool.


Pie Assembly:

  • 1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • 2. Divide the chilled pastry dough into two portions – one slightly larger than the other.
  • 3. Roll out the larger portion on a floured surface to fit the bottom of a pie dish. Press the dough into the dish.
  • 4. Spoon the cooled meat filling onto the pastry base, spreading it evenly.
  • 5. Roll out the remaining pastry dough and place it over the filling. Trim the excess dough and crimp the edges to seal the pie.
  • 6. Brush the top with beaten egg for a shiny finish.


Baking Brilliance:

  • 1. Place the assembled pastel pie in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown.

Tips and Recommendations

  • Feel free to experiment with the filling by using a combination of meats or adding vegetables like carrots and potatoes.
  • For a vegetarian version, replace the meat with cooked lentils or chickpeas.
  • Toast and grind your own spices for a more intense flavor.
  • Serve the Moroccan pastel pie with a side of yogurt or a fresh salad for a balanced meal.
  • Make sure the pastry dough is chilled before rolling to ensure it stays flaky.
  • Let the pie cool slightly before slicing to allow the filling to set.
  • This pie can be served warm or at room temperature, making it great for picnics or potlucks.


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