Savory Pie for Pi Day

Ok,so pi day was technically Saturday, but whatevs. For those uninitiated to the work of being a totally nerd, Pi day is March 14, because the first three digits of pi are 3.14. This year it’s especially cool because the first five digits are 3.1415 and the date was 3/14/15. So naturally pi day means that I had to make some kind of pie. I decided on savory pie because I was not quite up for attempting key lime this weekend. After going through a number of different recipes I came up with this conglomeration.

Sunchoke-Kale Pie
Crust
1 cup flour
dash of salt
1/3 cup butter
Cold water

Measure flour and salt into a bowl. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut in the butter until there are no significant sized lumps. If compressed, the dough should almost be able to stick together. Add water, a little at a time, until the dough comes together. The dough should be soft and pliable, but cohesive and not sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside while you make the filling.

kale-sunchoke filling

Filling
1 small leek, halved and thinly sliced
2-3 smallish sunchokes (a bit larger than a golf ball), peeled, quartered and thinly sliced
2 large kale leaves, ripped into small pieces
3/4 cup grated comte cheese
2 large pinches dried thyme
Salt
Pepper

Slice/grate/rip all the ingredients. Stick them in a big bowl and mix with your hands until they are thoroughly combined and all the herbs and spices are evenly distributed. Take the dough and divide it into two balls. Roll the first one out and stick in in a baking dish or pie plate. Dump all the filling on top of it, like a large mound. Roll out the second dough ball, and cover the mound of filling crimping the edges together with the bottom layer. It should look kinda like a little hill. Prick holes in the top and bake at 350 until the crust turns golden, 30-40 minutes. Serve warm.

Pie, beer, and my current novel

Pie, beer, and my current novel

This was freaking delicious. I can’t recall ever having eaten sunchokes before, and they are rather tasty. Kinda like potatoes, but with their own special umph. Good balance of everything – I’m pretty proud of how well this turned out, especially given that it was a amalgamation of random recipes and I didn’t really measure anything. I’m sure there are minor changes that could be made, but it seems unnecessary to me. Song of the week: Sunshine Highway – Dropkick Murphys. One of my favorite songs by this, one of my favorite bands.

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