'How to be a Domestic Goddess' by Nigella Lawson is my go-to baking bible. I use it for cupcakes, muffins, birthday cakes and bread, but I've never really looked at the savoury recipes in it. Today I went to look up a recipe for Blueberry Muffins and the book fell open on a recipe for a 'Courgette and Chickpea Pie'. I was in a cooking mood and was going to the supermarket this morning so thought I'd try making it for me and my flatmate for dinner this evening. I'm so glad I did, because the pie was delicious and really simple to make.
First, you cook the vegetables in some olive oil and spices, then add the rice and stock.When the stock is absorbed and the rice is cooked, you add the chickpeas. Then you put the pie together by layering filo pastry in a springform tin and adding the filling. I crumbled some feta cheese into my mixture before filling the pie.The pie is baked in the oven for about 20 minutes, by which time the filling is nice and hot and the pastry is golden brown and beautiful.
Cutting the pie is a bit difficult as bits of pastry tend to fly everywhere but it's worth it!
This pie is delicious! I'm glad I added the feta cheese and I think next time I make it I'll add some spinach when the filling is cooking, when the rice is almost cooked. I think I need to investigate some more of the savoury recipes in 'Domestic Goddess', I'm so glad I tried making this one.
The recipe is available online here: http://www.nigella.com/recipe/recipe_detail.aspx?rid=235