My apologies, friends. I’ve been playing in the garden, and haven’t offered up a new recipe for a few days now. What began a few weeks ago as a daily walk to the garden with a kitchen bowl has blossomed into a daily walk to the garden with a wheelbarrow. The harvest this year is amazing!
A few days ago, I pulled all of the beets in my beet patch. Oh my, what a job! The highlight of the morning was watching the kiddos gleefully spray a huge pile of freshly pulled beets with the garden hose. While most of the bounty found its way into jars of pickled beets, I saved a few for this Savory Garden Pie. With rich flavors of ricotta, walnuts, and earthy root vegetables, Savory Garden Pie makes a delightful dinner with a side salad and crusty bread. Bon Appetit!
Ingredients (Makes 1 pie, serves 6 – 8)
1 roll-out, refrigerated pie crust
2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon seasoning mix, such as Wildtree Picnic Salad Blend*
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup chopped walnuts
3 cups sliced root vegetables (any combination of beets, carrots, parsnips, celeriac, or turnips would be delicious)
* Interested in Wildtree products? Feel free to email my favorite Wildtree consultant, Tricia, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ricotta mixture with 1 teaspoon of beet juice for color (optional)
Step 1) (Optional) If you prefer your vegetables fork-tender instead of crisp, steam your sliced root vegetables in a steamer rack for 3 – 5 minutes.
Step 2) Roll out your refrigerated pie crust into a 9 inch pie plate.
Step 3) In a small mixing bowl, combine ricotta, egg, seasoning mix, parmesan, and walnuts. Blend well. Spread this mixture over the bottom of the pie crust.
Step 4) Arrange sliced root vegetables on top of the ricotta mixture. If desired, sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.
Step 5) Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 40 minutes, or until the crust is a deep golden brown. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.