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Artichoke Pies for Easter

Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 30 mins


Servings: 8

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 3 and 1/3 cups sifted flour


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 tsp salt


For the Filling:

  • 8 medium artichoke hearts, diced


  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and minced

  • 1 and 1/2 cups well-drained ricotta cheese


  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  • Extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

Prepare the Dough:

  1. Mix together flour, olive oil, egg, salt, and 3/4 cup cold water in a large bowl until dough just holds together, it should be fairly dry.

  2. Divide dough into 2 balls, using two-thirds of dough for bottom crusts and one-third for top crusts.

  3. Roll out dough for bottom crusts on a floured surface until very thin and almost transparent.

  4. Cut out eight 6 and 1/2-inch circles.

  5. Wrap bottom crusts in plastic and set aside.

  6. Roll out dough for top crusts on floured surface and cut out eight 5-inch circles.

  7. Wrap top crusts in plastic and set aside.

  8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Prepare the Filling:

  1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan over medium heat and cook onions until slightly golden, about 6-8 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  3. Mix together ricotta cheese, parsley, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and sautéed onions in a large bowl.

  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Assemble the Pies:

  1. Place bottom crusts on a lightly floured baking sheet.

  2. Spoon 1.5 Tbsp filling on each bottom crust and spread evenly, leaving 1.5 inch of crust exposed around edge.

  3. Divide artichokes between pies, arranging on top of filling, then spoon another 1.5 Tbsp filling on top of each and add top crusts.

  4. To form pies, fold edges of bottom crusts over edges of top crusts, pinching to seal. Fold over again to create a thicker edge.

  5. Brush tops with a little olive oil and slit the top of each pie 4 times in a cross patter to vent.

  6. Bake until slightly golden, about 25-30 minutes. Buon Appetito!


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