Sweet Potato Picnic Pie
I have not made this dish in at least six months and when we tasted it I had forgotten how simple, yet delicious this dish is. When I went to bake this last night I had big ambitions of trying a new gluten free, oat based pastry for base. I started pulling out the ingredients and it all just seemed too hard after a busy day. So instead I remembered a picture I had seen a while back of a quiche with a great looking sweet potato base. So from memory, I re-created my own version.
I simply sliced the sweet potatoes with the mandolin slicer and within minutes I have made a perfectly good gluten free pie base. Plus by using the sweet potato, not only did i save about 20 minutes of prep time, but I added another vegetable into the dish.
The pie filling is really simple, you can mix up the vegetables as you please. I would normally include more spinach, but with kids that reject anything green, i only used it sparingly. Mushrooms would be another great addition to this picnic pie.
Serve it hot or cold, and with a side salad for a perfect lunch or dinner meal for the whole family. For this meal I had a simple salad of Lambs Lettuce which is a lovely soft and mild flavoured leafy green that even the kids will enjoy.
- 1 small sweet potato
- 5 eggs
- ¼ cup milk (cow’s or plant based)
- 100gm feta cheese, crumbled
- 2-3 rashes bacon
- ¼ cup chopped leek
- ¼ cup spinach (frozen or fresh)
- 5 fresh basil leaves
- ½ zucchini, grated
- salt and pepper to taste
- oil for greasing
- Pre heat the oven to 180 degree.
- Grease a pie dish with a little olive or coconut oil.
- Use a mandolin sliced to thinly slice the sweet potato. I leave the skin on, but feel free to peel it off if you prefer.
- Layer the sweet potato over the base of the pie dish and up the sides.
- Heat a little olive oil in a fry pan and add the chopped leeks. Cook for a few minutes.
- Add the bacon to the pan and cook for a few minutes.
- Add the spinach to the pan and continue to cook until the bacon is cooked through. Remove from the heat.
- In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, feta and milk.
- Add the bacon mixture to the egg mixture.
- Stir to combine.
- Pour this mixture over the layered sweet potato in your pie dish.
- Bake in the over until it is set, this should take about 20 minutes, depending on your oven.