Three-cheese pides with egg and salsa verde

Three-cheese pides with egg and salsa verde
  • Serves icon Makes 3 large pides (serves 6)
  • Time icon For the dough: Hands-on time 15 min, plus about 3 hours resting and rising For the three-cheese pides: Hands-on time 45 min. Oven time 12 min

Decadent three-cheese pides (a kind-of oval Turkish pizza) with fill you with the rich joys of life. The acidity in the salsa verde cuts through the richness.

Recipe taken from Berber & Q: On Vegetables by Josh Katz (£25 Kyle Books).

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
755kcals
Fat
50.2g (22.8g saturated)
Protein
27g
Carbohydrates
46.6g (6.5g sugars)
Fibre
4.3g
Salt
2.9g
Calories
755kcals
Fat
50.2g (22.8g saturated)
Protein
27g
Carbohydrates
46.6g (6.5g sugars)
Fibre
4.3g
Salt
2.9g

Ingredients

  • Plain flour to dust
  • 3 pide dough balls
  • 3 medium free-range eggs
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1½ tbsp za’atar
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

For the salsa verde

  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • Juice 2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 120ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • Large handful each parsley, mint and tarragon, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 40g capers, rinsed and roughly chopped

For the cheese sauce

  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 75g plain flour
  • 750ml milk
  • 75g cheddar, grated
  • 75g parmesan or a vegetarian alternative, grated
  • 90g halloumi, grated

Method

  1. For the salsa verde, combine the mustard, lemon juice and vinegar in a bowl and slowly whisk in the olive oil to thicken. Stir in the remaining ingredients, season, then set to one side.
  2. For the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a heavy-based pan over a medium heat, then whisk in the flour to form a paste (or roux). Slowly pour in the milk, roughly 100ml at a time, whisking continuously. Turn down the heat to low medium and simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened, then stir in the cheeses and season with salt to taste. Set aside, keeping warm until needed.
  3. Heat your oven to its highest possible setting. (If you have a pizza oven, heat it to 350-400°C.) Put a pizza stone or large baking sheet in the oven to heat up.
  4. Lightly flour a work surface and roll out a dough ball to an oval shape, about 35cm x 15cm. Spread the cheese sauce down the length of the base, leaving
    a 2.5cm border. Use a spoon to indent a small well in the middle for an egg yolk. Fold the sides of the pide inward, crimping the dough firmly at each end.
  5. Dust a pizza peel with some flour and very carefully transfer the pide onto it. Or use a flour dusted or baking paper-lined baking sheet instead.
  6. Transfer the pide to the hot pizza stone/baking sheet in the oven, then bake the pide for 3-4 minutes (in a pizza or wood oven) or 6-8 minutes in a standard oven until golden brown and crisp around its edges, rotating it halfway through to ensure it cooks evenly. About 2 minutes before the pide is finished, crack an egg into the centre, rotate the pide and return it to the oven.
  7. Remove the pide from the oven and brush the edges with melted butter. Sprinkle with za’atar and salt flakes, then dollop the salsa verde all over and finish with a final drizzle of olive oil. Repeat with the remaining pides. Slice and serve immediately.

delicious. tips

  1. The dough can be made 36 hours ahead (see recipe overleaf). Prepare the sauce up to 48 hours ahead, pour into a sealable container and lay cling film directly on the surface to stop a skin forming. Chill until needed, then warm through in a pan or microwave.

  2. This recipe makes 3 large pides. You can make 4-5 smaller ones and simply use 4-5 eggs as required.

Recipe By

Josh Katz

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