søndag 10. juni 2012

Nettle and Bacon Pie

What a joy! Today I harvested the main ingredient for today's lunch just a few hundred meters from my own home  -  the plant grows everywhere and will provide me with a nutritious ingredient all spring - nettle. Nettle is normally considered a weed, but don't underestimate it -  the taste is delicious and the plant has a long medical history. Nettle has for instance been used to treat anemia, urinary problems and joint pain.

Together with bacon, sour cream and nutmeg - this pie will put a smile on your face because you made everything from scratch, even harvested the nettle - it's good for you, and it tastes delicious.

To make this pie you need:
* 100 g butter
* 3 dl (a bit more than 1 cup) whole grain rye flour
* Pinch of sea salt
* 300 g nettle
* 100 g bacon 
* 1 small onion
* 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
* 4 eggs
* 250 g sour cream
* Sea salt, pepper and nutmeg to finish
* Optional: cheese (for example Gruyere)

How to make it:

Combine butter, flour and salt in a bowl and knead it until it comes together and detaches from the bowl. Refrigerate for about an hour.

Roll the dough and spread evenly onto your mold. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius, lightly dock the crust with a fork and bake it in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Heat water in a kettle (just enough to cover the nettle). When the water boils, turn off the heat and add the nettle, leave it in the water for about 15 minutes before you remove the water. Then squeeze out any excess water and chop it.

Fry the bacon and onion in a pan.

Mix sour cream and eggs in a bowl, then add the nettle, bcon, onion and garlic, before adding salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Place the filling in the pie disg, sprinkle with Gruyere and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes.

Finally: Enjoy and smile.

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