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There was definitely a chill in the air at the Market last Saturday and that made me think of having something hot clutched in each hand to keep warm. And that, in turn, made me think of the hand pie recipes I have been coming across and saving. Now seems to be just the right time to explore the fascinating world of savory hand pies! (You could substitute store-bought pie crust for any of these — I do that often when short on time!)

Roasted Cauliflower and Gouda Hand Pies

adapted from Martha Stewart Living, October 2005

Ingredients:

  • 1 small head cauliflower, florets separated and thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
  • 7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted, skins removed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Cheese Short Crust (recipe here) or use store-bought pie crust to save time
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • All-purpose flour, for work surface
  • 5 ounces Ludwig’s Farmstead Gouda cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 large egg yolk  

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss cauliflower with 3 tablespoons oil in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Flip cauliflower; roast 5 minutes more. Let cool.
  2. Put nuts and garlic in a food processor. With processor running, slowly add remaining 4 tablespoons oil until mixture is finely chopped. Add lemon zest and 1 teaspoon rosemary; season with salt and pepper. Process until combined.
  3. Roll out half of the dough on a lightly floured surface to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out 8 rounds, 4 inches each. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment. Spread 2 teaspoons hazelnut mixture onto each round, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Divide cauliflower among rounds. Top with cheese and remaining teaspoon rosemary, dividing evenly; sprinkle with pepper. Whisk cream and egg yolk in a small bowl. Brush edges of dough with egg wash. Set aside.
  4. Roll out remaining dough on a lightly floured surface to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out 8 rounds, 4 inches each. Cut out 8 flowers with a small flower-shaped cookie cutter from scraps. Place a dough round on top of each pie; gently press edges with a fork to seal. Brush crusts with egg wash; place a flower on each pie. Brush flowers with egg wash. Refrigerate until cold, about 20 minutes. Bake until crust is golden brown, 30 to 32 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 8.

I am excited to try some of these amazing hand pie recipes with fresh ingredients from the Market. Doesn’t the Sausage and Feta sound great with Smoking Goose sausage and Traders Point cheese? Let us know which ones you make and how you like the result!

Beef and Potato Hand Pies

Spinach and Turkey Hand Pies

Chicken and Sweet Potato Hand Pies

Kale and Sausage Hand Pies

Moroccan Hand Pies with Eggplant

Tomato Hand Pies

Sausage and Feta Hand Pies

Chicken and Kale Hand Pies with Cheddar Crust

all photos from marthastewart.com