Roasted Heirloom Carrot Cheese Pie In Fillo Factory Puff Pastry
I can easily add this beautiful roasted heirloom carrot cheese pie in puff pastry to the long list of Greek savory pies. There are countless Greek recipes for savory pies, both traditional and contemporary, and many of them are plant-forward. This makes a great Mediterranean diet brunch recipe. I like to use Greek cheeses, such as manouri and mizithra and Greek feta, the latter of which adds tang and pungency to the other mild Greek cheeses and the sweetness of the roasted carrots.
- 1 14-ounce package of Fillo Factory organic puff pastry, thawed
- 1 little flour or cornstarch for rolling out the puff pastry
- 1 pound multicolored heirloom carrots pared, trimmed and sliced lengthwise into ¼-inch-thick strips
- 4 to 6 tablespoons extra virgin Greek olive oil
- Sea salt and black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried Greek oregano or 3 tablespoons fresh chopped oregano
- 1 heaping teaspoon garlic paste
- 8 ounces Greek anthotyro soft mizithra or ricotta (preferably full fat)cheese
- 4 ounces manouri cheese or ricotta salata
- 3 ounces Greek feta crumbled
- ½ cup finely chopped fresh basil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- Chopped fresh parsley or chives for garnish
Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C). Line a rectangular 9-in X 13-inch baking pan or tart pan with parchment paper and set aside
Toss carrots with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, oregano, garlic paste, salt, and pepper, and spread into a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast carrots on the bottom rack until the edges are golden brown and carrots are still crisp-tender, 15 to 20 minutes, tossing occasionally to keep them from charring. Remove the carrots and increase the oven temperature to 450F (220C).
On a lightly floured surface, roll puff pastry into a 10-by-14-inch rectangle. Using a paring knife, lightly score a border around the perimeter of the puff pastry about a ¼-inch away from the edges. Place the puff pastry on a parchment-lined baking sheet and prick the pastry inside the border using a fork to prevent puffing in the center. Place another baking pan over the top, to weigh down the pastry, and add the beans to the top pan as weight. Bake until puff pastry is lightly golden, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, remove the top pan and weights, and let the pastry cool slightly. Lower the oven temperature again, to 350F (160C).
In the bowl of a food processor, blend the cheeses, garlic and basil until smooth. Add a tablespoon or two of olive oil if necessary to make the mixture creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spread the cheese mixture onto the cooled puff pastry up to the border and arrange the carrots in a single layer on top. Bake until the carrots are tender and the edges of the cheese mixture are golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
Drizzle with a tablespoon or two more olive oil and sprinkle with parsley or chives before serving.
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