When Penny (from jeroxie) first mentioned pizza pie to me, my imagination started running. I’ve never heard of the term before and I was told that it was gaining popularity in Canada. So what was it actually?
Was it a pie with a pizza filling, or was it a pizza with a thick crust like a pie? If you think about it, we have meat pies, vege pies, pumpkin pies in which the names usually refer to pies with different fillings, so by that token, pizza pie should really just mean pies with pizza (toppings) filling.
So that’s the idea for pizza pie. However, when I started researching and planning my pizza pie, one idea stuck out like a sore thumb and it wouldn’t go away. It might not quite be what a pizza pie should be, but these things are open to interpretation isn’t it? That’s my argument anyways, and I went with it.
Pizza Pie with Lasagna filling
To prepare lasagna sheets, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes. This ensures that there is sufficient moisture in your lasagna and prevent it from burning.
250g mince beef
25g sundried tomatoes, chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 medium onion, diced
Mix and saute till mince beef browns.
350g of grated tasty cheddar cheese
1 tbsp of parsley
1 tsp grated nutmeg
Mix nutmeg in with the cheese before adding the egg and parsley.
10 slices of hot salami
25g of black olives (sliced)
25g of sliced mushrooms
I tried to make a pie crust. Really. I even have photos to prove it. But it wouldn’t knead into a dough. It kept crumbling and not sticking together. Was it a case of too little water, or too much water? I couldn’t work it out; could anybody tell me why? I’m really bad at pastry making. Argh.
By the time I gave up on the fail pie-crust-that-wasn’t-to-be, it was late and I was hungry and slightly desperate. In a last ditch attempt at making something edible for dinner and not have to resort to pizza hut (god forbid), I made a mad dash to Coles and got myself some Fillo Pastry. This worked like a charm and I might just keep making my pizza pies these way tho I do wish my pie crust had worked and I had found that I had a hidden talent for pie crust making.
1. Layer a 24cm pie pan / dish with Fillo pastry. Line each layer at a 90 degree angle to the previous layer, buttering after every 2nd layer. Make sure to tuck the pastry sheet into the pan. I did about 12 sheets of pastry before starting on the pie filling.
2. Start with a layer of meat filling, then the cheese filling followed by a layer of lasagna sheets, making sure to cover the meat layer completely. (You can break lasagna sheets down to size)
3. Repeat step 2 till you are about level with the top of the pie pan. Finish with a layer of lasagna so you get a firm and stable base for the pizza toppings.
4. Fold the corners of the fillo pastry inwards layer by layer. Again, butter after every 2nd layer. Go around the pie pan till you get all sheets neatly folded in.
5. Butter the top; take a sheet of pastry and layer it over the top. Tuck the corners down the side of the pie pan and butter the sides.
6. Spread the tomato puree, top with cheese and proceed to lay out the rest of the pizza toppings. Finish with more cheese and proceed to bake for 45 minutes. (Remember to preheat your oven at 180c beforehand!)
I learnt a very important lesson while cooking up this meal. And it wasn’t just that I’m terrible at pastry making. It was to never let my housemate do the pizza toppings ever again. He emptied the entire bag of mozzarella cheese onto the pizza! So what came out of the oven looked nothing like a pizza, more like a mountain of melted cheese.
The conversation went as follow:
Me: “God it smells fantastic, but argh it looks ugly.”
Him: “I don’t know what you are on about, it looks like yum” <-- said with gleaming eyes. Nevertheless the first slice was cut and the first bite taken. I'll admit it. With that huge amount of cheese, it was absolutely heavenly and disgustingly sinful. The pizza/lasagna pie combination was amazing and worked surprisingly well. It had the meatiness of a lasagna and the density of a pizza. Every mouthful was an explosion of flavour and before we knew it, we had chewed through more than half the pie between the two of us.
Check out the different layers!
The housemate thinks we should definitely have this again. And seeing as his favourite foods are pizza, pie and lasagna, I can definitely see why! To be honest, it was really quite easy to put together. Just don’t expect me to be making my own pie crust for awhile till I master it.
So there you have it. Pizza pie. Thanks to Penny and the International Incident for this fantastic meal!
Do go check out the rest of the dinner participants:
- Penny Jeroxie – Serpent Pie with Pizza Sauce
- Divina (Sense & Serendipity) - Breakfast Pizza
- Christine – Christine’s Recipes - BBQ Chicken Pizza
- Mardi – Eat, Live, Travel, Write - Asparagus Pesto & Chicken Pizza
- Trix – Tasty Trix - Lángos
- Conor - Hold the Beef - Poached Pear Pizza Pie
- Shirley – Enriching your kid - Wholemeal Spiced Veg Pizza
- Natasha – 5 Star Foodie - Wild Little Plum Pizza Pie
- Ozoz – Kitchen Butterfly -
- Anges – Off the spork - Pizza Pie, Pie Pizza and Pizza Cupcakes
- Joanne – Second Helping -Mushroom & Taleggio and Signore Lupo Pizzas
- Celeste – Berry Travels - Pizza Pie with Lasagne Filling
- Stephanie - Momofuku for 2 - One dough, four ways
- Shao - Fried Wontons for You -
- Ahn – A food Lover’s Journey - Chicken and Kimchi Pizza
- Cherry – Sweet Cherry Pie -Pizza Pie & Pie Pizza
- Tracey - Tangled Noodle – Irish Pan Pizza
- Evelyne - Cheap Ethnic Eatz - Foie Gras a la Evelyne de Cochon and Pear & Fig Coconut Custard Pizza Pies
- Jessica - Yum-O-Rama - Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Pizza
- Emma – Cake Mistress – Dessert Pizza: Strawberry Galette with White Chocolate and Basil Cream
- Mark – Cafe Campana – Breakfast Calzone
- Cool Lassi(e) – Pan Gravy Kadai Curry – Fast Fusion Pizza