A few weeks ago I was looking for a fun vegetarian recipe and came across this recipe from Kath for tofu cheese pie I’ve had saved for ages. I carefully read her comments about what went wrong in her attempt at this and was convinced I could get it right. After all – it looked sooo good on her blog – I wanted to have a taste for myself 😉 I’m going to spoil the ending – the pie/tart was DELICIOUS! I cut down on some cheese (probably used 3/4 of what Kath used) and used 1/2 whole wheat pastry flour, but it was still incredibly rich and cheesy. It reminded me of a Chicago style deep dish pizza (because they use butter in the dough), which used to be my favorite until a certain drunken night at Uno’s (ha, I forgot how ridiculous we looked that night!) when they definitely served me some microwaved fare. Oh well, I’d rather have my own homemade version anyway Here are progress pics!
All the ingredients:
MAKING THE CRUST
Start with making the tart crust by combining flour with butter. *Make sure the butter is super cold or else your dough will be like mush and you won’t be able to roll it out (I’ve made this mistake once!)*
Rub in the butter into the flour until it resembles crumbs:
Add some water:
Shape into a ball:
Roll it out!
Place in a tart or pie pan – I had to patch up a few holes during the transferring process but it still worked out
And bake (I used some pie weights so it wouldn’t puff up):
MAKING THE FILLING
Blend some tofu, milk and spices:
Add the cheese (I used a blend of 3 different reduced fat cheeses, including TJ’s reduced fat mozzarella which is super low in fat!):
Ok, so this is where the tart became not vegetarian. I threw some ham chunks in at the last moment. The ham added a very nice flavor and texture, but you can certainly keep it vegetarian with your favorite veggies – it will still be delicious! I promise Sautee your veggies (and ham – optional):
Add them to the tofu mixture:
Now top the crust with the filling:
Add some more cheese (mmm, cheese 😀 ) and bake!
Post baking – resting/cooling:
The whole tart (using my ingredients) was 1703 calories – divide to your liking.
And here is my plate with a slice of the tart. Did I mention it was delicious?!!
Great the next day too!
Make this!! 😀
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