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!
- 500 g flour
- 300 ml warm water
- 25 g fresh yeast or 7 g dry yeast
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 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
In a small mixing boil add the warm water, sugar and dissolve the yeast. Let it rest for about 5 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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!