Lentils Savory Pie with Cheese and Cooked Ham

If I say lentils, what are you thinking about?

I say Lentils Savory Pie!

I love the enveloping taste of this legume. And I have a wide repertoire of recipes for lentils: salads, summer and winter, tasty vegetarian burgers or pasta dressing. Not to say of soups and then a simple recipe that I like too much. It is a creamy lentil pâté, good spread on bread and also to season pasta or to be served with pinzimonio in winter. A good alternative to chickpea hummus which, while delicious, is also nice to change every now and then.

Among the Christmas season, in Italy, there is the tradition to eat lentils over New Year’s Eve dinner. It is said that eating lentils on New Year’s Eve brings prosperity, that is money, in the year that is about to begin.

I love the enveloping taste of this legume. And I have a wide repertoire of recipes for lentils: salads, summer and winter, tasty vegetarian burgers or pasta dressing. Not to say of soups and then a simple recipe that I like too much. It is a creamy lentil pâté, good spread on bread and also to season pasta or to be served with pinzimonio in winter. A good alternative to chickpea hummus which, while delicious, is also nice to change every now and then.

After festive season, in the kitchen starts that of the leftovers

Each festive season has got its own leftovers. For instance, in Bologna, after Christmas holiday, it’s quite usual to have an abundance of lentils, cotechino but also pandoro and panettone leftovers. Year after year, I’m looking for new ideas to re-use always the same leftovers but in different way.

This lentils savory pie with cooked ham and cheese is a recipe I develop from leftovers.
I love it. Not only because is so good (really guys, try it and write me a feedback). But also because it’s easy to make.

Buona cucina, Monica

Lentils Savory Pie

Food Tips

If lentils are leftovers, they will be already ready.
Otherwise you need to cook lentils. I leave you below how to prepare them.

Cook lentils in boiling salted water for about 15 minutes. Add in a fresh sprig of rosemary too. When lentils are soft, drain and season in a pan, over a medium-low heat for a few minutes, with finely chopped shallot and half carrot, olive oil, a pinch of salt.

Lentils Savory Pie with Cheese and Cooked Ham


round baking dish, 22cm diameter
Ingredients
serves 4-6


for the dough

200g of 00 flour or spelt flour
100g butter
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
90g of cold water
5g of extra virgin olive oil

for the filling

150 g of lentils already cooked
110 g of cooked ham
110 g sliced cheese

if you’re going to cook lentils
80 g of lentils
1/2 carrot carrot
1 shallot
1 sprig of rosemary


Directions

In a bowl combine flour, salt and baking soda. Add in water and butter cut in pieces and knead by hand until dough is soft but firm. Roll it into a ball and wrap with a plastic film and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Save a third of the dough to cover the cake and set aside.
Then with a rolling pin roll out 2/3 of the dough in a thin layer (the dough must have 3,5 cm high edges). Place it in a round baking tray covered with wet parchment paper.

Lentils Savory Pie with Cheese and Cooked HamStuff the savory pie alternating one layer of thin cheese slices, then one of cooked ham, then -in the middle- all the lentils.

Then, again, one layer of cooked ham and the last of cheese. Now, fold the edges of the dough inside, as in the picture.

Also roll out the dough you put aside to make a “lid” and close the pie with a thin layer of dough.

Overlap well the bottom dough border with those above.

At the end brush the savory pie crust with a beaten yolk (before stir it with one drop of olive oil).

Bake in preheated oven (180Celsius degrees ) for 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden.

Take out from the oven and serve. We love it at room temperature also.

I prepare it often and occasionally I enjoy changing something. Last time I made it with less cheese. But I definitely prefer it with a lot of cheese. Which one do you prefer?

Lentils Savory Pie with Cheese and Cooked Ham

Lentils Savory Pie with Cheese and Cooked Ham


My Lentils Savory Pie and the perfect trio
(cheese, lentils and cooked ham)

We celebrated New Year’s Eve at friend’s home, here in Bologna. After the dinner, before went to home, our host made doggy bags for each one of the guests. Into my doggy bag I found bread, cotechino, vegetables lasagna and lentils. A lot of lentils.

No problem, we’re good eaters but before to eat lentils for the second time in 2 days,  “I need an idea” is what I thought. So, that is.

In the fridge I found other two perfect ingredients: Italian cooked ham and some slices of cheese. Then I needed only the dough for my lentils savory pie and I opted for a homemade brisée dough but works well also a ready-dough.

I confirm it, this is a comfy recipe.
Trust me, don’t wait to have lentils leftovers, cook them, make this savory pie and Buon appetito!

Lentils Savory pie

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