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Savory Easter Pie

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Savoring Tradition: Savory Easter Pie

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Easter is a time for celebrating with loved ones and indulging in delicious food that brings joy to the table. One such delight is the Savory Easter Pie, a flavorful concoction of smoked turkey ham, vibrant bell peppers, creamy ricotta cheese, and savory spices, all encased in a buttery pie crust. This recipe is not only a feast for the taste buds but also a celebration of cherished traditions. Let’s embark on a culinary journey to create this savory masterpiece that’s perfect for your Easter gathering.

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Ingredients:

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  • 2 prepared pie crusts
  • 8 ounces cooked smoked turkey ham, sliced in thin strips about 2 inches in length
  • 1 red bell pepper, core and seeds removed, sliced thin about 2 inches in length
  • 1 teaspoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 8 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and dried thoroughly
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 egg, beaten (for top of crust)

Instructions:

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  1. Prepare the Filling:
    • Heat olive or vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.
    • Add the sliced red bell pepper and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked smoked turkey ham, cooked bell pepper, ricotta cheese, beaten eggs, crushed garlic, thawed and dried spinach, shredded mozzarella cheese, and dried basil. Mix well to combine.
  2. Assemble the Pie:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • Place one of the prepared pie crusts into a pie dish.
    • Pour the filling mixture into the pie crust, spreading it out evenly.
    • Cover the filling with the second pie crust. Trim any excess dough and crimp the edges to seal.
    • Brush the beaten egg over the top crust for a golden finish.
  3. Bake:
    • Place the assembled pie on a baking sheet to catch any drips.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is set.
  4. Serve:
    • Allow the Savory Easter Pie to cool for a few minutes before slicing.
    • Serve warm and enjoy the delicious flavors of Easter!

Cook Notes and Variations:

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  • Customization: Feel free to customize the filling according to your preferences. You can add other vegetables like mushrooms, onions, or zucchini for extra flavor and nutrition.
  • Meat Options: If you’re not a fan of turkey ham, you can substitute it with cooked bacon, sausage, or even leftover roasted chicken.
  • Cheese Varieties: Experiment with different types of cheese to suit your taste. Cheddar, Gouda, or fontina would all work well in this recipe.
  • Herb Infusion: Add a sprinkle of fresh herbs such as parsley, thyme, or rosemary to elevate the flavors of the pie.

Keto and Low-Carb Versions:

  • Keto Version: To make this recipe keto-friendly, you can replace the pie crust with a keto-friendly crust made from almond flour or coconut flour. Additionally, use full-fat ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese to keep the fat content high and the carb count low.
  • Low-Carb Version: For a low-carb version, omit the pie crust altogether and bake the filling in a greased pie dish or casserole dish. You can also reduce the amount of bell pepper and use fresh spinach instead of frozen to lower the carb content further.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: Can I use fresh spinach instead of frozen? A: Yes, you can substitute fresh spinach for frozen spinach. Make sure to wash and thoroughly dry the fresh spinach before using it in the recipe.

Q: Can I make this pie ahead of time? A: Absolutely! You can assemble the pie ahead of time and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake. Just be sure to cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent the filling from drying out.

Q: How do I store leftovers? A: Store any leftover pie in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. You can reheat individual slices in the microwave or oven until heated through.

Savory Easter Pie is more than just a culinary delight; it’s a symbol of togetherness and celebration. With its rich flavors and comforting warmth, this pie embodies the spirit of Easter and brings joy to the hearts and palates of those who share it. Whether enjoyed as a centerpiece for your Easter brunch or as a cozy family dinner, this recipe is sure to become a beloved tradition for years to come.

From its buttery crust to its flavorful filling, the Savory Easter Pie is a testament to the beauty of homemade cooking and the joy of sharing meals with loved ones. Embrace the tradition, savor the flavors, and create lasting memories with this delightful recipe. Happy Easter!

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