Cookbooking: Plenty | Broccoli + Gorgonzola Pie

Cookbooking: Plenty | Broccoli + Gorgonzola Pie - offbeat + inspired

I’m a cookbook junkie. I have rows and stacks and piles of them all over the house. I’ve actually had to come up with ways to decorate with them because I lack sufficient shelf space. Thankfully, most cookbooks are pretty, so it wasn’t that difficult.

Cookbooking: Plenty | Broccoli + Gorgonzola Pie - offbeat + inspired

When I cook, I brainstorm a bit about the kind of meal I want to play with. Usually this is heavily influenced by the season, but since we moved to Kentucky where I have access to loads of locally-grown fruits and veggies, I’m just as motivated by the urge to try out fresh produce I’ve never cooked with before. Once I pick a new veggie to experiment with, I browse my cooking library for relevant recipes and take inspiration from their ingredients and techniques. I make some tweaks, gather materials and get to work.

Cookbooking: Plenty | Broccoli + Gorgonzola Pie - offbeat + inspired

You may be shocked to find out that my never-before-used vegetable this time around was broccoli. Of course I’ve had broccoli before — in salads, and as a side. But in salads it was always raw, and as a side I always used frozen microwaveable bags. I had never actually cooked fresh broccoli.

Cookbooking: Plenty | Broccoli + Gorgonzola Pie - offbeat + inspired

It’s like the movie Braveheart. Everyone who watches movies has seen Braveheart, and I’ve had a million and ten opportunities to see it too, but I never have. OH, the looks of disgust I’ve endured because of this fact (Sarah, I’m talking to you haha)! Similarly, everyone who cooks has cooked with fresh broccoli, so to avoid further shame, I finally decided to quit dragging my feet.

Cookbooking: Plenty | Broccoli + Gorgonzola Pie - offbeat + inspired

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi is one of those beautiful cookbooks that I’ve had an easy time decorating my house with. I purchased it a few weeks ago and had been flipping through page after page of gorgeous vegetarian food photography when I saw a broccoli and gorgonzola pie that made my jaw drop. There it was! My very first “real” broccoli recipe. And gorgonzola just so happens to be a favorite cheese of mine. Perfection!

Cookbooking: Plenty | Broccoli + Gorgonzola Pie - offbeat + inspired

The recipe also called for fresh tarragon, chives, leeks, cream and puff pastry crust. Yes, it’s as heavenly as it sounds.

Cookbooking: Plenty | Broccoli + Gorgonzola Pie - offbeat + inspired

I don’t think I’ll ever revisit the frozen bag-o-broccoli again. The vibrant flavor and soft crunch of fresh cooked broccoli just can’t be beat. Combined with a wonderful chive-, leek- and herb-infused cream, topped with a salty, rich gorgonzola, and all encased in a flaky, buttery pastry crust, this recipe is a total win.

Cookbooking: Plenty | Broccoli + Gorgonzola Pie - offbeat + inspired

I’ll definitely be trying more recipes from Plenty in the coming weeks. It’s a jackpot for creative and [mostly] healthy ways to treat your lovely fresh produce. I’ve got my eye on a goat cheese soufflé with poached peaches for next time. Yum!

Cookbooking: Plenty | Broccoli + Gorgonzola Pie - offbeat + inspired

Have you cooked from Plenty? What are your favorite veggie-based recipes for the summer months and what cookbooks do you recommend? I’d love to hear what’s going on in your kitchen lately! Please share in the comments below!

Cookbooking: Plenty | Broccoli + Gorgonzola Pie - offbeat + inspired

Broccoli + Gorgonzola Pie
Slightly adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi’s “Plenty“.
Serves 6

1 lb. puff pastry
2 broccoli heads (1 1/2 lbs total), cut into florets
2 tbsp. butter
3 to 4 leeks, trimmed and thinly sliced
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup chopped chives
1/3 cup chopped tarragon
3 tbsp. grainy mustard
black pepper
7 oz. Gorgonzola (I used crumbles, but the original recipe calls for a whole piece cut into medium chunks)
1 egg, beaten

(The following instructions are taken directly from the Plenty cookbook. My tweaks and notes will be in brackets.)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out two-thirds of the pastry into a circle that is 1/8 inch thick and large enough to line a 10-inch loose-bottomed tart pan [I used a regular stoneware tart pan and served it directly from there. I also used the puff pastry sheets that come 2 to a box, and once they thawed, I divided them up (as they're already scored into thirds) and used 4 sections for the crust bottom, and the remaining 2 sections for the lid]. Line the pan and trim off the excess pastry. Roll out the remaining pastry into a thinner disc, large enough to cover the surface of the pie, and lay it on a plate. Place both shell and lid in the freezer for 10 minutes. [I dusted the pastry with flour while rolling out the sheets to prevent sticking.]

Line the pastry with parchment paper and fill it with baking beans. Bake blind for 15 to 20 minutes, or until light brown. Remove the paper and beans and return to the oven to bake for about 5 minutes, or until the bottom of the shell is golden. Leave to cool down.

While the tart shell is baking, prepare the filling. Cook the broccoli florets in a large pan of boiling water for about 2 minutes, or until tender but still firm. Drain in a colander, rinse well with cold water and leave to dry.

Melt the butter in a pan and fry the leeks on gentle heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until soft but not colored. Add the cream, water, chives, tarragon, mustard, 1 tsp. salt [I skipped the salt because the gorgonzola is already pretty salty] and some black pepper. Stir well and remove from the heat.

To assemble, spread the leek mixture over the bottom of the pastry case. Scatter the broccoli on top and gently press into the leek mix. Dot with the Gorgonzola. Brush the rim of the tart case with the beaten egg and place the pastry lid over the filling. Press down firmly around the edge to attach the lid to the case. Trim off any of the lid that hangs over the edge.

Glaze the lid with beaten egg and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown. Allow to cool a little before removing from the pan. [I didn't remove it at all, just let it cool for 10 minutes and then served from the dish!]

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  1. meds says:

    this is too beautiful. you make it look really easy and delish - I have never done anything pie-pastry/crust ever. maybe I ought to try!

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Aww thank you so much!! You should definitely give it a try. The pre-made crust makes it so easy! :)

  2. Vanessa says:

    First of all, OFF THE CHARTS gorgeous photos my friend!! Secondly, this sounds divine! Oh, and I’ve never seen “The Green Mile” and people look at me with disgust too so I totally get ya girl! :-)

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Thank you so much Vanessa! :D You are always so sweet! THE GREEN MILE!! You haven’t seen The Green Mile?!! (Looks at you with disgust… :P KIDDING!) Yes, we are just so far behind in movie land haha! <3

  3. Kat says:

    I love Plenty! I haven’t cooked from it as much as I’d like, but I’ve tried the Vietnamese crepes and the burrata with herbs on top. Both were off the hook delicious. Have you seen Jerusalem? It’s Ottolenghi’s latest book, and just as gorgeous.

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Ohhh those sound wonderful! I’m adding them to my list haha! I’ve seen Jerusalem at Barnes & Noble but haven’t picked it up yet! Will definitely have a closer look! Thank you!! :D

  4. Debbie says:

    So you buy the crust??? I thought you made it??? Isn’t that called cheating?? LOL j/k
    This really does look good. I love broccoli :)

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Haha! Homemade puff pastry is WAYY too ambitious for me right now. It takes a longgg time! :D Luckily, store-bought puff pastry is exactly the same ingredient-wise, so you’re not doing anything bad for yourself by buying it, just saving a lot of time! They used pre-made pastry in the cookbook too! :P You should try it, it’s amazing!!

  5. Oh yum! I’m just beginning to get into blue cheese haha, perhaps this should be the recipe that pushes me over the edge :)

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Yess! I’ve only recently gotten into blue and goat cheese and they’re already my favorites! :D

  6. Anna says:

    Awesome, looks delicious!! By the way, what are the white little balls inside the crust on picture No. 3?

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Thank you! Those are pie weights, referred to as “baking beans” in the recipe! I got them at Williams Sonoma here!

  7. Ffion says:

    this looks incredible…as always! i am so in love with your blog girls :) x

  8. I just discovered your blog via food gawker. I am already a fan! lovely recipes, beautiful photos. My husband and I are organic vegetable farmers and are always cooking up fresh veggie dishes. We just picked broccoli for the first time this season and I cannot wait to try this dish! yum!

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