Puff pie with zucchini, ham and cheese is good to serve with a cup of tea - as an alternative to sweet pastries, and a plate of soup. Although a piece of such a hearty cake, similar to a big pizza, in itself, may well replace a plate of the first or second dish! Here and puffy puff pastry - instead of bread; and the meat ingredient is ham; and vegetables for garnish ... Not just a pie, but three dishes in one!
A pie is prepared unpretentiously and very quickly, so it will easily help you out if unexpected, but welcome guests come in, who want to be treated to something tasty. And the guests will certainly come as soon as they consider the delicious smells coming from your kitchen while baking the cake!
In the original, this savory puff pie is called “Rural Mediterranean”. The recipe probably originates from sunny mediterranian villages - a simple, thorough and nourishing snack after working in the field. And I think our gardeners will like it! You can take the cake with you to the dacha to eat after the labors. Or on the nature instead of sandwiches! And at home, for a family dinner, a delicious cake will also be useful.
Ingredients for Mediterranean Pie with Zucchini, Ham and Cheese
- 500 g puff-yeast dough;
- 2 zucchini or young zucchini;
- 200 g sheep cheese;
- 100 g of ham;
- 1-1, 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil;
- ground black pepper;
- basil green or purple, which one you like best;
- tomatoes - for decoration.
The basic set of ingredients for the cake can be varied according to your taste and the contents of the refrigerator. For example, instead of ham, take a good, dry sausage, replaced with mozzarella in the original, with cheese or soft cheese, and zucchini combine with eggplants.
Mediterranean pie with zucchini, ham and cheese
Puff yeast dough beforehand get out of the freezer so that it thaws at room temperature. In the meantime, prepare the filling.
Read how to make puff pastry in my recipe. Puff pastry
Squash we wash, we cut the tails. If the skin is thin, then you can not clean it. Cut the courgettes in small cubes, about 7x7 mm.
Cut the same diced ham and cheese, and chop the washed and dried parsley and basil greens.
Slightly heat the vegetable oil in the pan - you can use olive or sunflower oil, it is better unrefined, it will be tastier and more aromatic. Pour the squash cubes into a frying pan and fry for a little while stirring, for 3-5 minutes - until light golden. When the squash starts to become soft, it is enough. Pour them into a bowl and leave to cool.
When the roasted zucchini is cool, mix them with the other components of the filling: cheese, ham and greens. Salt, pepper and mix.
In the meantime, the dough has already been defrosted - it's time to prepare the base for the cake. Slightly roll out the dough and cut a circle with a diameter of 3-4 cm more than the bottom of your shape. It is convenient to bake a pie in the form with low sides; it is possible not only in round, but also in square or rectangular. If the dough is a whole piece, it will be easier to form the cake - just roll out and cut to size. If in the package there are several small pieces of dough, we make a cake of 2-3 slices, carefully pinching their edges together, and then rolling the dough.
After twisting the cake on a rolling pin, we transfer it to a mold made by an oiled sheet of parchment. We unwind the cake, line the mold with dough, and then roll it with a rolling pin around the edges to cut off the excess dough.
You can make mini-pies with the same filling as the big pie from the scraps, dazzling the dough into a ball, roll it again and cut a cup into the cup. And you can not cut the edges of the cake, and collect them with an accordion - you get a non-waste production and a beautiful cake with wavy edges!
We spread the filling on the cake, spread it evenly with a spoon and put the cake in the oven at 200 ° C for 25-30 minutes. When the dough becomes layered golden, the zucchini is completely soft, and the cheese is melted - that's it!
Let the baking cool down a bit. After five minutes, you can shift the cake to a dish, decorate with cherry tomatoes, herbs, cut into portions and serve - Mediterranean-style layered cake is very tasty in a warm form. As, however, in the cooled. Try to cook it once, and the recipe will be one of your favorites!