Meatless Monday Recipes: Jack Skellington Savory Pie
October 29, 2018
Cold, dark and dreary are the days of late October. Daylight Savings has ended and the sun seems to sink down in the sky extra quick. Just in time for the arrival of Halloween and the Day of the Dead. While in America Halloween is celebrated on the 31st with pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating and other spooky traditions; the 1st and 2nd of November are Italy’s holidays– which means a 4 day weekend of Halloween fun. I personally enjoy the holiday by carving pumpkins and cooking traditional American things like pumpkin bread, pumpkin seeds.
However one of my favorite fall Italian dishes, the “torta salata”, which directly translates into salted cake (but is better understood as a savory pie) is perfect for the occasion. This pie can be filled with just about any combination of ingredients including spinach, broccoli, pancetta, cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini or artichokes. The filling of your choice is baked inside a pastry crust until perfectly golden.
In light of Halloween, I had a little fun creating a Jack Skellington savory pie. This pie is jam packed with broccoli ( tis the season of all the cabbages) cheese and spices. A perfect meal to cook as you carve pumpkins with friends and family.
Happy cooking and Happy Halloween!
Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche
My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.
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Jack Skellington Broccoli Pie
It's a cold, dark and spooky night. Make a Jack Skellington pie as a tasty delight.
Wash and prepare the broccoli. Peel the stalk and chop into pieces along with the florets. Heat olive oil in a pan and add sliced garlic.
Once the garlic starts to turn golden, add the broccoli and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. (until broccoli softens) Add small amounts of water as necessary as the broccoli cooks.
Once the broccoli is cooked, transfer it to a large bowl. Add salt, pepper, red pepper flakes according to taste.
Mix shredded or cubes of cheese into the broccoli. Any cheese works in this dish, but I suggest a cheese that will melt easily. Such as provolone. ( I used Casera, a typical northern Italian cheese)
Once the filling has cooled down to about room temperature, extend one the pastry crusts on parchment paper and add the filling. (if you add hot filling, the crust will be doughy) Leave about 1 inch around the edge. Continue by laying the second pastry crust on top.
Create a seam with the two crusts by placing your index finger at the seam and use the other hand to fold it over. Move around the entirety of the crust. This should give you a braid like seam. OR, simply fold the edges and press with a fork.
For this particular pie, I used a knife to cut out the Jack Skellington face. Be creative, you can design anything you'd like!
*To create a golden crust, beat 1 egg and lightly brush it onto the top of the pie.
Bake at 180ºC (350ºF) for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!