pumpkin & capsicum roasted in a cheese pie

16th August 2009

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One of our last night’s dinner was a three-way contribution from Ahal and us.  Once again, Ahal came to the table with an impressive collection of three dishes.  Couscous and mushroom baked parcels; a tomato, basil and mozzarella platter and the all-important dessert.  This was the highlight.  A mascarpone cheesecake, topped with strawberries and cream on a coconut base.  Very light as in sponge-like, but flourless. Unfortunately that recipe is not up for discussion or sharing…..not even for us, well, not yet anyway.  We are still pleading, begging, bribing…….Yes, it is that good!

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So, we shall offer the roast pumpkin and cheese filo pie, a variation of Donna’s spinach pie.

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roast pumpkin & capsicum feta pie

ingredients :

½ medium-sized pumpkin, cut in cubes

2 whole red capsicums (sweet peppers)

olive oil

sesame seeds

6 eggs

¼ tsp nutmeg

150g crumbly, tasty cheddar cheese, grated/crumbled (I use Mersey Valley Original)

250 g feta, crumbled

¼ cup cream (optional)

cup pine nuts

freshly ground black pepper

9 sheets fillo pastry

preparation :

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.  Grease an oblong ovenproof glass/ceramic dish.

Toss cubed pumpkin with a generous splash of olive oil, a good sprinkling of sesame seeds and nutmeg.  Spread evenly on a baking paper lined tray.  Roast in oven until lightly browned and tender (about 20 – 30 minutes).  Turn once during roasting.  At the same time, place whole capsicums (peppers) on alfoil on bottom tray in the oven.

Once the pumpkin is cooked and capsicums blackened, remove from oven to let cool.  Place hot capsicums in a plastic bag.  When cool, peel, deseed and dice capsicums.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, nutmeg and pepper.  Add cheeses and pine nuts and mix well.  Stir in pumpkin and diced capsicum.

Line dish with filo sheets, laying 2 widthways across, then 1 lengthways, repeating this layering twice more.  Brush olive oil/ghee between layers.

Pour in mixture, spreading evenly.  Tuck in edges to create a border.  Brush edges with olive oil/ghee and sprinkle generously with sesame seeds.

Bake in a preheated oven (180 degrees Celsius) for 30 – 40 minutes or until set.  Let sit for at least 10 minutes before cutting into slices.

Goodness shared from Donna

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