I’ve missed the past 4 weeks of French Fridays with Dorie because I’ve been setting up shop in my new home of Brisbane, Australia. When I saw the Moroccan B’stilla on the agenda for this week I knew I had to make it!
I love the blend of ginger, cinnamon, and coriander that’s common in Moroccan cuisine and love pies even more (see previous post on Harry’s Cafe de Wheels) so this was a winning combination for me!
I found it somewhat time consuming to make but totally worth it. The crunch of the almonds and the filo were the perfect contrast to the warm, gooey pie filling, and the spices were present enough to give you a little taste of Morocco without being overwhelming.
It was definitely a posh pie, and we came up with so many possibilities for it while we were eating – from making a large version in a casserole dish and serving it in square slices as an appetizer to making mini party pies. I already can’t wait to make it again!
As always, I can’t post Dorie’s recipe for the B’stilla but highly encourage you to buy her book Around My French Table to check it out.
I did find a B’stilla recipe from another blogger, The Last Ditch, who swears that her B’stilla recipe is the best. I haven’t made hers so I can’t compare it to Dorie’s, but it sounds delicious! You can find it here. Regardless of whose recipe you use, I recommend using chicken thigh meat to get the most flavor and not to skip the almonds! Also, don’t even think about using any other pastry than filo because it won’t do the pie justice.