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Nettle Pie Recipe

A non-ordinary ingredient in a pie recipe is stinging nettle. Fortunately, a creative cook can make a pie from everything that is found in the backyard. Let’s see how to make a Nettle Pie!

Ingredients

Pie dough:

  •     500 g flour
  •     300 ml warm water
  •     25 g fresh yeast or 7 g dry yeast
  •     1 tsp. sugar
  •     1 tsp. salt

Filling:

  •     2 bunches of fresh stinging nettle leaves or 2 cups of dried nettle soaked in water for a few hours then strained
  •     3 spring onions
  •     1 bunch of fresh thyme or 2 tbsp. dried herb
  •     2 tbsp. olive oil
  •     1 cup plain yogurt
  •     Zest of one lemon
  •     Butter for topping
  •     Salt as needed

Preparation

Step 1

In a small mixing boil add the warm water, sugar and dissolve the yeast. Let it rest for about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Sift the flour and make a well in the center. Add the salt and then pour over the yeast mixture. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic, then cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let it proof until doubled in size.

Step 3

In a large pan, drizzle with olive oil and fry the onions and thyme until softened. Add the nettles, cover and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and add the yogurt. Mix well and set aside to cool.

Step 4

Preheat the oven to 250ºC. Divide the dough in 2 parts and roll it thin at the size of a large round baking tray. Grease the tray and place one of the rolled dough. Pour over the filling and grate the lemon zest on top. Cover with the remaining dough and fold the sides. 

Step 5

Chop some butter on top and bake it for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Turn off the heat, sprinkle the pie with some water and cover it with a tablecloth for some minutes.

Serve the pie with plain yogurt and a nice salad. Enjoy!

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Happy New Year Nettle Fans!

Because it’s a new year, a New Year’s resolution may be on your mind. Perhaps losing weight, changing your wardrobe, saving the planet, reducing your carbon footprint, living healthier? Have you ever thought about going vegan? Give it a try for a month and you will see how many good things you can accomplish with that. Everyone is different, every body works differently, you have to find what is good for YOU. No pressure, just ask your human body: “Hey, would you fancy a vegan nettle pesto as a start of 2021 Veganuary?”. If your body says yes, here is how you can satisfy its needs:

  • 1 cup dried nettles soaked in 2 cups of water
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ tablespoon sea salt

Soak the dried nettles at room temperature overnight (or 6-8 hours). Drain excess water. Add all the ingredients, use a kitchen blender or food processor until creamy. Spread the pesto on top of toast, crackers or pasta. Enjoy!