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Blanket pie

Preserved lemon, saffron, harissa, crispy layered filo, yoghurt 

Blanket pie 



  • 400g natural yoghurt
  • 320g ripe cherry tomatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • olive oil
  • 1 large leek
  • 320g new potatoes
  • 320g butternut squash
  • 320g courgettes
  • ½ x 700g jar of chickpeas
  • 1 preserved lemon
  • 1 teaspoon rose harissa
  • 50g dried sour cherries
  • 1 pinch of saffron
  • 8 sheets of filo pastry
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Line a sieve with 3 pieces of kitchen paper, tip in the yoghurt, pull up the paper and very gently apply pressure so that the liquid starts to drip through into a bowl, then leave to drain. Halve the tomatoes, season with sea salt and black pepper, drizzle with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and the vinegar, then toss and leave to macerate (this really brings out the flavour).

Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/gas 5. Peel and finely slice the garlic, then place in a large nonstick ovenproof frying pan on a medium heat with the fennel seeds and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Fry for a few minutes, stirring regularly, while you prep the veg, adding to the pan as you go: trim, wash and slice the leek, scrub the potatoes, squash (deseed, if needed) and courgettes and chop into 2cm chunks. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, then remove the lid, tip in the chickpeas (juices and all) and season lightly with a pinch of salt and pepper. Finely chop the preserved lemon, discarding any pips, then add to the pan with a drizzle of juice from the jar and the harissa. Fry for a further 15 minutes, or until beautifully caramelised, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, cover the sour cherries and saffron with 300ml of boiling water, leave for a few minutes, then add to the pan with the tomatoes, reserving the macerating juices. Lay the filo out flat, then brush all over with the reserved tomato juices. Roughly scrunch, wave and layer the filo into the pan, partly tucking it in at the edges (there’s no need to be neat). Scatter over the sesame seeds and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Transfer the yoghurt to a plate and drizzle with a little oil from the harissa jar, then serve with the pie.

I cook this dish throughout the year, always reflecting seasonal vegetables – mix up and enjoy!


641 kcal; 23.7g fat (5.6g saturated); 20.5g protein; 90.6g carbs; 28.8g sugars; 1.7g salt; 9.4g fibre