Tuna Pie with Empanada Crust
Serves 6 to 8
1 large egg
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup olive oil
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, perhaps a little more
Crack the egg into a large bowl and beat in the wine, oil, baking soda, and salt with a fork. Use the fork to mix in 1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons of flour, switching to using your hands to get it all mixed. It should be soft but not sticky. Add up to 2 more tablespoons of flour if you need to. Wrap the ball of dough in plastic wrap and let it sit for an hour.
Make the filling while the dough is resting.
14 to 16 ounces tuna packed in olive oil, drained and flaked into small pieces
1 large onion, minced
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and minced
1 14 to 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Grated zest of one lemon
24 large pitted green olives (like Manzanillas), chopped
2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and red bell pepper and cook until everything is soft and just starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in the red pepper flakes and cook for a minute. Then add the tomatoes and the sugar. Cook for about 15 minutes, until all the juice from the tomatoes has evaporated. Turn off the heat, and stir in the tuna, lemon zest, olives, and hard-boiled eggs. Set aside.
A 9-inch deep-dish pie plate, or a 9-inch springform pan, lightly greased with vegetable spray
To assemble: 1 egg, separated. Beat the white with a fork until it’s frothy, and beat the yolk separately with a teaspoon of water.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. If you’re using the deep-dish pie plate, cut off about 1/3 of the dough (keep the rest in the plastic). Roll out the dough into a circle a little bigger than the bottom of the pie dish. Roll it out right on the counter without any flour, and let it sit on the counter after rolling for a couple of minutes. Then gently roll the dough onto the rolling pin and carefully unroll it into the bottom of the pie dish. Lightly press the dough onto the bottom of the dish and a little up the sides. Brush the crust with the beaten egg white and bake for 10 minutes. Take the crust out and let it cool for about 15 minutes.
(If you’re using the springform pan, do exactly the same thing, except use slightly more than half the dough for the bottom.)
Gently spoon the filling over the bottom crust, mounding it in the center if necessary. Roll out the bottom crust to a circle just a touch larger than 9 inches and, again, let it sit on the counter for a couple of minutes. Roll it onto the rolling pin and then over the filling. Push any excess crust down between the filling and the edge of the dish. Brush with the beaten egg yolk-water mixture.
Bake for 35-45 minutes. The crust should be nicely golden brown. Let it sit for at least a half-hour before serving. It’s good warm and at room temperature. Store leftovers in the fridge.