Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pastel de Acelga/Kale quiche


this is a very delicious quiche like dish and spinach can be substituted for the kale.

ingredients for the crust
1 lb. flour
5 oz. butter
3 egg yolks
1 cup of milk
1 tsp. salt

In a large bowl, place the flour and add the salt.
Knead in the room temp. butter
mix in a little of the milk and add the egg yolks and mix into flour
knead the milk into the rest of the dough
when done kneading cover the dough and set aside.

ingredients for filling
3 bunches of kale with the stems cut off
1 aji mirasol
1 pot of boiling water
1 onion finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
2 pinches of blk pepper
2 pinches of oregano
1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
1 cup of grated cheese like jack or mozarrella here a cheese named paria is used
2 tbsp. veg oil
1 whole egg
optional  2 sliced hard boiled eggs

prep
place the kale (acelga) in the hot water to blanch for about 5 mins.
remove from the water and let drain and set aside.
take the aji and roast over an open flame if possible or just hold over electric burner.
Skin should start to blacken. when done take to sink and remove the black skin and cut open and remove the seeds and chop into small pieces.
If the kale is still too hot too handle. place in colander and rinse under cold water.
then chop into small pieces.
In a large pot of saucepan add the oil and heat
then add the onions and garlic and cook down then add the aji, blk.pepper, oregano and the nutmeg and mix
turn off the fire
add the kale, the egg whites and the grated cheese and mix completely
add 1/2 tsp. salt and mix and set aside.

butter a very large pie tin preferably with a removable bottom
get the dough and divide into 2 pieces 2/3 and 1/3.
Take the larger piece and roll out on a floured board.
then place into pie pan to cover the edges
pour the mixture into the dough and even.
At the very center of the filling make an indentation and break the egg into it making a perfect round egg yolk.
At this point if you wanted you could place sliced hard boiled eggs over the filling.
Now take the second part of the dough roll out and cut into strips to make the criss cross topping for the pie.
Place the strips over the top.
Take 2 egg yolks and brush the crust generously
place in an oven 350 deg.for about 35 mins until crust is golden.

Usually served with lime slices

Enjoy!

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