Ratatouille Slab Pie
A crisp and sturdy crust transforms the French classic into a grab-and-go hero. Preheating the baking stone is essential to this recipe; it ensures the bottom of this slab pie is crispy and retains its texture for several hours after baking. A beautiful lattice top encases vibrant summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and fresh herbs in this vegetarian showstopper. Precooking the vegetables releases their excess moisture and deeply concentrates their flavor.
Potato, Bacon, and Cheddar Tart
It’s crucial to use thinly sliced bacon here, (not thick-cut) to achieve an evenly crisp crust. Seek out new crop potatoes for this recipe; they cook more evenly than potatoes that have been in storage. Save the bacon drippings for toast, basting roasted chicken, or for making cornbread.
Wild Mushroom Galette
This galette’s flaky crust stays crisp even when filled with creamy ricotta; be sure to use best-quality cheese, and drain it overnight for superior results. Roasting the mushrooms reduces excess moisture and concentrates their meaty flavor, which pairs perfectly with the fresh thyme, rosemary, and sage.
Creamed Greens Slab Pie
With a super flaky crust (the secret: frozen grated butter) and a luscious filling of creamed greens, this rustic slab pie from Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple makes a perfect vegetarian side dish. Alternately, serve it as a main course alongside a big green salad.