A manchego cheese short crust envelops Spanish-inspired hand pies, which include oven-roasted cauliflower, toasted hazelnut paste, chopped rosemary, and more of the tangy cheese; serve them as vegetarian tapas, with slices of membrillo (Spanish quince paste often offered alongside manchego) and a glass of fine sherry.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss cauliflower with 3 tablespoons oil in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Flip cauliflower; roast 5 minutes more. Let cool.

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  • Put nuts and garlic in a food processor. With processor running, slowly add remaining 4 tablespoons oil until mixture is finely chopped. Add lemon zest and 1 teaspoon rosemary; season with salt and pepper. Process until combined.

  • Roll out half of the dough on a lightly floured surface to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out 8 rounds, 4 inches each. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment. Spread 2 teaspoons hazelnut mixture onto each round, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Divide cauliflower among rounds. Top with cheese and remaining teaspoon rosemary, dividing evenly; sprinkle with pepper. Whisk cream and egg yolk in a small bowl. Brush edges of dough with egg wash. Set aside.

  • Roll out remaining dough on a lightly floured surface to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out 8 rounds, 4 inches each. Cut out 8 flowers with a small flower-shaped cookie cutter from scraps. Place a dough round on top of each pie; gently press edges with a fork to seal. Brush crusts with egg wash; place a flower on each pie. Brush flowers with egg wash. Refrigerate until cold, about 20 minutes. Bake until crust is golden brown, 30 to 32 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Reviews (4)

60 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 18
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2013
This recipe is outstanding. Fantastic!! Instead of a leaf, I did four mini star cutouts on each pie and they were the cutest things ever. So, so delicious. I can't wait to make them again!
Rating: Unrated
07/02/2008
i'm making this for my fiance's lunch for work tomorrow i didn't have hazelnuts so i'm using unsalted cashews i also didn't have manchego so i'm using cheddar smells yummy so far
Rating: Unrated
07/02/2008
i'm making this for my fiance's lunch for work tomorrow i didn't have hazelnuts so i'm using unsalted cashews i also didn't have manchego so i'm using cheddar smells yummy so far
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Rating: Unrated
04/30/2008
This is an extraordinary, dazzling, delicious recipe