Tahini & Sprout Pie

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I’m happy every day for all that I have. It’s so easy to be jealous of people with better jobs, bigger homes, prettier faces, slimmer bodies. I’ve also always been ragingly jealous of people who are good at math. It’s so easy to get angry (and trust me, I do). But it’s also super easy to remind myself that I’m so lucky because I have a BGE, and a huge park practically right next door to run in, and a job with such good benefits. See? That was so easy. And right now I’m eating a Sour Patch Kid Popsicle…..so that’s another thing to be so happy about.

Oh, derp. I forgot that I’m also happy about this pie! I wanted to call it a pizza, but I have respect pizza purists (like my BGE) and I know that they would not appreciate the name. So it’s a pie.

Yes, it’s one of those cauliflower crust ones. But it’s got three binders in it (chia, flax, tahini) so it’s not as delicate as other cauliflower crusts pies I’ve made. It is a little crumbly, as are all non-egg cauliflower crusts, but really is a big improvement. I think it was the tahini.

I’m such a sprout freak (you know you are too. sprouts are so hot right now), so they were the natural choice to top this pie with.

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Sriracha sprouts, that is. Yup, that’s one more thing to be happy about. Oh and I’m going for a run once I’m finished typing this up. This happy list is getting long……

Tahini & Brussels Sprout Pie

Ingredients

    for the crust:
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup of tahini
  • 1 tbsp flaxmeal
  • 1 tbsp ground chia
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • sprinkle of salt
  • for the sprouts
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • extra tahini to drizzle

Instructions

    for the crust
  1. Chop up the cauliflower, core and all.
  2. Steam over high heat 5-6 minutes.
  3. Drain and allow to cool, then rise with cold water to cool completely.
  4. Put the cauliflower in a flour-sack cloth and squeeze as much water out of it as you can.
  5. Blend the cauliflower up into a paste (I used an immersion blender).
  6. Add in the chia, flax, and tahini.
  7. Grate in the garlic.
  8. Roll everything into a ball.
  9. Place the ball on a non-stick silicone sheet and pat into desired shape,ensuring that crust is at least 1/2 inch thick.
  10. Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes, arrange sprouts on top, and then bake for another 8-10 minutes.
  11. for the sprouts:
  12. Combine sriracha, lemon juice, and salt. Set aside.
  13. Coat a large sautee pan with non-stick spray or olive oil.
  14. Cook the sprouts for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring gently.
  15. Pour the sriracha mix over the sprouts and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally
  16. The sprouts won't be cooked all the way, but once you put them on the pie crust and in the oven, they'll finish up.
  17. Once the pie comes out of the oven, drizzle with additional tahini and a sprinkle of salt.
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11 comments for “Tahini & Sprout Pie

  1. March 29, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I love your list appreciating all the good stuff! And this pie is definitely The Good Stuff. I love sprouts!

    • annie
      March 29, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you so much, Joanne!

  2. Meep
    March 30, 2014 at 12:58 am

    What kind do sprouts are you using? This looks divine but not like any sort if sprouts I’ve seen before. They almost look like leeks or green onion? Which would probably be pretty good… Thanks for the interesting dinner idea.

    • annie
      March 30, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      I used Brussels sprouts. I know the name more than vague (uhh…all pants start out as sprouts, so……) but I just liked the way it sounded. But I just realized that I didn’t say it ONCE in the whole post. Changing it now, thanks for pointing that out.

  3. March 30, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I like your list! Sour Patch Kid Popsicles (btw, those exist?!?!?) and appreciatin’ the good stuff we have are both excellent habits to get into.

    This looks delicious. I love sprouts, and sriracha, and cauliflower (whether it’s pretending to be a carb or not).

    • annie
      March 31, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks! Sour Patch Kid Popsicles exist and they amazing. The only thing is, if you eat too many, you can get tongue burn. But they are oh so worth it. And they have those little dumb jokes on the stick (what you do you call a happy rabbit? a hop-timist).

  4. March 31, 2014 at 10:35 am

    This looks amazing and super delicious too! I think this would encourage me to enjoy sprouts a little bit more now..:)

    • annie
      March 31, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks! If you don’t love sprouts, you can always use your favorite veggie instead. Sriracha and tahnini can enhance almost anything!

  5. April 4, 2014 at 1:20 am

    I love that you added flax and chia and tahini to the crust! I’ve made cauliflower crusts in the past, and although they taste pretty good, they’re always a nightmare to work with–adding binders like this is genius! I’m excited to give this a try–sprouts ARE so hot right now!

    • annie
      April 9, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you Elizabeth! I was surprised at how well it worked….even as a dough, it really held together.

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