Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rustic Dutch Rosemary Asparagus Pie

 When my friend Anne Marie posed the question, "What kind of pie are you?" I definitely had to write about this very decadent pie/tart... perfect for the Easter holidays.
Anne Marie is celebrating the launch of her new book, Pie*ography ...a delicious read featuring 42 different pies and the personal connection behind each recipe.

 My Mother is from Amsterdam, Holland and growing up we were blessed to indulge in many Dutch recipes.
My Grandparents celebrated their native country heartily with food fare every time we visited.
They lived through a tumultuous time in history and understood that wholesome healthy food is a privilege.
My Grandmother miscarried three times running to safety during WW2 before carrying the first of her six children to term.
She talked about some of the horrors, but inadvertently chose to keep most of those memories to herself, as they caused her to tear up.
So... many times I would sit and listen to her stories about food shortage.
And how they made do.
And how they made nutritious meals with what was available.
This asparagus pie reminds me so much of my Grandmother.

 I love that it is rich and lush and uses just a few ingredients that are fresh and in season.
This pie denotes the essence of making do with what you have...which I appreciate immensely.
Living 20 minutes from town, I can't just untie my apron and dash to the store.

My Grandmother created beautiful dishes from plain ingredients.
The rustic elements and imperfections are what make this pie simply perfect.
Not to mention oh so good to the palate!
I am somewhat of a perfectionist, though throughout the years, I have softened my urge to have everything "just so" and let God have the control.
Hearing stories of survival and the joy that was found in the simple, I realize that God's idea of perfection is very different from mine.
He sees grace and polish in the plain and flawed.
The imperfections are what make exquisiteness.
What a sweet and comforting truth!

Rustic Dutch Rosemary Asparagus Pie

2 egg whites beaten to double in size
1 cup of ricotta cheese
zest of 1/2 of an organic lemon
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 TBS dried rosemary or a handful of fresh
10~12 fresh asparagus spears
salt and pepper to taste
3-4 sheets of puff pastry {store bought or homemade}
1 TBS shaved almonds

Preheat the oven to 356 degrees F (180 degrees C).
Beat the egg whites until they have doubled in volume. In a separate bowl, beat the ricotta until smooth and add in the lemon zest, Parmesan, and rosemary. Add the salt and pepper to taste and mix well. Now gently fold in the egg whites.
Roll out the puff pastry and gently press into a greased 9-inch pie plate or tart pan, making sure to cover the sides. Spoon the ricotta mixture into the tin, spreading it evenly. Arrange the asparagus on top, brushing them with some olive oil. Bake for approximately 45 minutes (or until the pastry is golden and the ricotta slightly blistered).
Toast the almonds in a frying pan and sprinkle over the top.

What kind of pie are you?
If you would like to join in the pie fun, visit Anne Marie at Na-Da Farm and enjoy the sneak peeks from her new book, Pie*ography.
I can't wait to get my copy!
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Happy pie eating!


Tori Leslie said...

What a lovely post. That story was so touching and the pie looks awesome. Looks like that's gonna be a great book.

Judy said...

Oh my goodness, this looks sooooo good! I'm going to make this as soon as our asparagus is ready to be picked.

Anne Marie said...

{ what a beautiful life story } a treasure to know more about you friend-
and yum! your pictures are amazing Julia!!!! I am so going to make this....thank you so much for joining in the party today...I just wish I could share a piece of that pie with you

Lisa said...

I love how pretty you make everything....even asparagus! Actually I like asparagus, this looks yummy.

Anonymous said...

This looks yummy. I think we will try this.

Anonymous said...

I don't know which I love more...the story or the pie. I love the photos!
I am also somewhat of a perfectionist and sometimes I drive myself crazy and have really had to learn to let a lot of things go.
I love it that you are helping out Anne her blog and her new look. I love asparagus so this is a definite try for me,

okcamp said...

That looks wonderful.

Your Grandmother's story is interesting. I just finished reading Resistance by Anita Shreve. It's a novel about the German occupation of the Netherlands during WWII. What a trying time.

I'm going to try this recipe. I love asparagus.


Joy said...

That looks so delicious, and lovely photos as usual!

A Baker's Dozen Barnhouse News said...

Your story and words are as beautiful as your pie...and it IS very beautiful!



Debbie said...

I'll have to give that pie a try..thanks for the recipe. My Mom grew up in Bakel Holland during WWII and the stories are unbelievable! Her older sister would run through the trenches past the soldiers to get milk to give to my Mom as she was the youngest of seven. I took her back about 10 years ago and the look on her face was priceless. To see her hometown and even the house she was born in was still standing. Great memories!

elizabeth said...

So happy to find you via Anne Marie's! I'm following now. :)

Unknown said...

What a neat story and yummy looking pie!!!

CW said...

Someday when I can eat this I will ... sounds so good! And coming from your house I know it is. Thank you for adding a pinterest pin to your blog! I have wanted one for a while and was glad to see it! :) Love you, Julie!

Jennifer said...

Love the story~and the Asparagus Pie~perfect for spring :)

traci said...

oh julia. this is a beautiful pie and i am sure it tastes just as good. thanks so much for joining in.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Asparagus is my fave vegetable so I'm definitely trying this. A beautiful post about your grandmother and down to earth food. It's such a pretty pie. I'm pinning it!

Beloved's Redheaded Bride said...

Extremely pretty presentation! It looks delicious.

Carri said...

Thank you for sharing about your Grandmother. I tried this recipe for dinner tonight and I loved it. My children who were not happy about having asparagus for dinner liked it as well :).

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