Merry Christmas! Tree Shaped Gratin Pie

Merry Christmas! Tree Shaped Gratin Pie

Crispy on the outside, this pie is filled with a creamy gratin-like filling that is flavored with 4 fragrant spices. The flavor of this Christmas tree shaped gratin pie is so good it's habit-forming! The festive tree shape will liven up any party, guaranteed!! This recipe won a recipe contest in 2007.

Ingredients: 1 tree

Store bought puff pastry
2 sheets
The gratin filling:
●Peeled shrimp
●King oyster mushrooms
1/3 bunch
●Cherry tomatoes
●Boiled egg
●White wine
1 tablespoon
Cumin (whole)
1/4 teaspoon
White pepper (powder)
A small amount
to taste
The sauce:
10 g
★Milk or soy milk
☆White flour
1 1/1 tablespoons
Turmeric (powder)
1/4 teaspoon
☆Fennel (powdered)
About 3 shakes
☆ Coriander
About 3 shakes
★White pepper (powder)
A small amount
to taste
・Melting type cheese
To taste
・Beaten eggs (for glazing the pie)
As needed


1. Cook the eggs to make boiled eggs. While they are boiling, wash the shrimp and drain. Finely chop the onions, cut the king oyster mushrooms in half lengthwise and then cut into 2 cm pieces. Rip the broccoli apart into small pieces, and boil in salt water. Alternatively wrap the broccoli in plastic wrap, and steam-cook in the microwave.
2. Make the sauce: Mix the ☆ spices and the flour together. Place butter into a frying pan and melt it over a low heat, add in the ingredients marked ☆, and sauté well. Add in the milk a bit at a time, and keep cooking the sauce until it thickens. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, and turn off the heat.
3. Prepare the gratin ingredients: Put cooking oil in another frying pan and roast the cumin in it. Add the onions once the cumin is fragrant, and sauté until soft. Add the king oyster mushrooms and shrimp to the pan in the order listed and sauté. Add the white wine, bring to a boil, and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
4. Add the sauce from Step 2 to the Step 3 pan, give it a quick stir. Turn off the heat. Leave to cool.
5. Preheat the oven to 190 °C.
6. Making the pie crust: Spread out plastic wrap on a cutting board, place the thawed puff pastry sheet on top, and cut in half vertically.
7. Flip one side over as shown in the photo and overlap both pieces a bit to form a Christmas tree shape. Brush the overlapping part with beaten egg, stick the pastry pieces together and roll flat with a rolling pin. Poke the pastry several times with a fork. Make another piece in the same way that's slightly larger then the first one.
8. Leave 1.5 cm around the edge of the smaller piece of dough (for the overlap), and mound the filling from Step 4 on top.
9. Cut the boiled egg into 8 wedges and the cherry tomatoes in half. Place the egg, tomatoes and broccoli on top of the pie. Fill the gaps with cheese here and there.
10. Cut about 8 slits into the other piece of dough. Brush the edges of the bottom piece of dough with beaten egg. Gently place the dough with the slits on top of the Step 9 bottom pie half, and pinch the edges all around with your fingers. Turn the pinched edges under the pie to clean up the tree shape.
11. Brush the whole pie with beaten egg. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30~35 minutes to finish!

Story Behind this Recipe

This gratin made using spices is a big hit with my family. I used the gratin as a filling for this tree-shaped pie for Christmas.
If you have a variety of spices stocked, you can enjoy this in many ways!