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Chicken pie with sun dried tomatos

April 23, 2011 6 comments
Kanapiiras aurinkokuivatuilla tomaateilla © Hanna Stolt

Chicken pie with sun dried tomatos

I’ve found another fantastic cook book! The writers are my old favorites: Ola Lauritzson and Ulrika Davidsson from Sweden and the book is called 6 kilo på 6 veckor (6 kilos in 6 weeks). Yes, it’s kind of a diet book but then again not. You can eat low carb if you want to fix your diet and lose weight or just to maintain a healthy diet and your current weight. In either case you get to enjoy good food :)

The recipe then? This recipe here is a sightly altered version of the one in the book. I actually made it a little easier. In the book, Ola and Ulrika are using grilled chicken, but I’m always bummed about the sauces they use in the stores when grilling the chicken so I prefer natural chicken breast that I can season as I like.

This pie is just delicious! The first one I made didn’t last long – we ate the whole thing in a matter of minutes with my boyfriend and my good friend. It’s a lovely pie to serve as part of a brunch or as a salty pie for a party. It’ll also make for a nice lunch with a bit of salad on the side.

Crust

  • 100 g butter
  • 2,5 dl spelt flour

Filling

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • teriyaki-seasoning (Santa Maria)
  • Chili powder
  • Paprika powder
  • 10-12 slices of chorizo sausage
  • 1 small onion / 2 shallot onions / 0,5 red onion (you can pick your favorite!)
  • 6-8 cherry tomatos
  • 4 sun dried tomatos
  • 0,5 pot of fresh basil
  • ca 1 dl grated cheese (in the original recipe: 2 dl grated parmesan, which also sounds delicious)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 dl cream
  • salt and black pepper
  • 0,5 dl pine seeds

Preparation

Mix butter and spelt flour into an even dough. Press it into an oven proof tin and bake in  200°C for 10 min.

Slice the chicken breasts. Fry them in a dash of olive oil until they’re done. Season with teriyaki seasoning, chili powder, paprika powder according to your liking. Add the chicken on top of the pre-baked crust. Chop the onion and sprinkle on top of the chicken slices. Press chorizo slices around the pie, between chicken slices. Wash and cut the cherry tomatos in half. Set the tomato halves on top of the pie, the cut side facing up. Slice the sun dried tomatos and sprinkle on top of the pie. Last but not least, sprinkle the grated cheese on top.

Whip the eggs lightly using a fork and add cream. Season the mixture with black pepper and salt. Carefully pour the egg mixture on top of the pie so that it’s evenly spread. Decorate with pine seeds. It’s best to add the pine seeds last so that they roast a little in the oven and taste even better.

Bake the pie in 200°C for 25-30 min. Let the pie rest for a moment before serving. Serve with e.g. arugula or fresh salad.

Piiras ennen paistamista

Fresh colors before baking the pie!

Pala piirasta © Hanna Stolt

Piece of pie

Seafood risotto and a delicious berry pie

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment
Äyriäisrisotto © Hanna Stolt

Seafood risotto

My sister Saara visited us this weekend and today I also invited my brother and his 8-year-old son over for lunch. In the morning we were trying to figure out what to eat for lunch and finally I found this Seafood Risotto recipe in a Swedish magazine called Elle mat & vin. Our freezer’s full of berries as Kalle’s (my boyfriend’s) parents are always giving us more when we visit them. For that we’re both very grateful of course :) In any case, with a freezer full of berries it felt like a good idea to make a berry pie for dessert.

This recipe is my own version of the original with some small changes.

Seafood Risotto

serves 4-6

  • 1 onion or 2 shallot onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 8 dl vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 4 dl avorio or arborio rice
  • 3 dl white wine
  • 2 dl grated parmesan
  • 250 g mascarpone cheese
  • 340 g crayfish tails
  • 180 g shrimps
  • 240 g mussels
  • juice of half a lemon
  • grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 1 – 1,5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • dill for garnishing

Preparation

  1. Finely chop the onion and garlic cloves.
  2. Bring the vegetable broth to boil and let simmer  lightly. It’s important to use warm broth throughout the preparation.
  3. Fry the onion and garlic cloves in a kettle with olive oil and butter. Don’t let them catch color, fry for approximately 3 mins.
  4. Add the rice and fry it with the onion and garlic cloves until it becomes translucent.
  5. Add about 2 dl’s of vegetable broth at a time while simultaneously stirring the risotto. Do the same with the white wine. Once you’ve added some liquid, stir and let the absorb it before adding more.  You can never stir a risotto too much!
  6. Cook the risotto for 20-25 mins. You can add even more vegetable broth if needed, just remember that it should be warm.
  7. Lift the kettle from the stove and add parmesan cheese. Mix well and add mascarpone cheese – mix carefully.
  8. Add the seafood and season with lemon juice, grated lemon peel, salt and pepper. Leave some of the lemon peel for garnishing.
  9. Garnish the risotto with lemon peel and fresh dill.

This risotto is rich and creamy thanks to the mascarpone and parmesan cheese. Lemon makes it fresh and gives a great little egde to the taste. Serve the risotto immediately and enjoy!

Vadelma-mansikkapiirakka © Hanna Stolt

Berry pie

As mentioned, we had berry pie for dessert. Spelt (a species of wheat) gives the crust a lovely “nutty” flavor and raw sugar makes it extra delicious.

Berry Pie with Raspberries and Strawberries

serves 4-6

  • 100 g butter
  • 2 dl (organic) wheat or spelt flour
  • 3/4 dl (organic) wheat or spelt flakes
  • 2,5 tbsp indian sugar or raw sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp maizena or potato flour
  • 1-2 dl raspberry
  • 1-2 dl strawberry

Mix butter, spelt flour and flakes and sugar in a bowl until the dough becomes even. Press the dough into a loose bottom cake tin (∅ 20 cm). Leave a little dough so you can some dough crumbles on top of the pie later on. Spread a thin layer of potato flour on the crust. The potato flour is crucial as without it, the berries (when melting in the oven) will make the crust wet. So the potato flour will soak up the juice from the berries and leave the crust nice and dry.

Add berries on top of the crust and potato flour layer. Crumble rest of the dough on top and bake the pie for 15-20 mins in 200°C.

You can serve the pie with some vanilla ice cream or vanilla sauce.

Original recipe from: Elle mat & vin 6/2010 (Dec-Jan)