Monday, June 25, 2012

Pot Pies

Yesterday I connected with my inner Martha to whip up a batch of individual vegetarian pot pies. A good friend sent me this recipe from Vegetarian Times. They save really well, so I decided to make the leftovers my lunch for challenge no. 20.

I forgot to snap a picture of them straight out of the oven, but they looked very similar to this, except I would never choose that tablecloth and I rarely serve meals with a side of raw asparagus:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 4 Tbs. cold soy margarine, cut into pieces

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 medium leek, white and green parts chopped (1 ½ cups)
  • 1 ½ cups chopped celery or fennel
  • 2 large carrots, diced (1 cup)
  • 8 oz. button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 4 oz. red-skinned potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes (1 ½ cups)
  • 2 ¼ cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 2 Tbs. creamy cashew butter, optional (I left this out)
  • 6 asparagus spears, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ cup fresh or thawed frozen peas
  • ½ cup fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels

1. To make dough: Whisk together flours and salt in bowl. Cut or rub margarine into flour mixture until no large pieces remain. Stir in 3 to 4 Tbs. cold water until smooth dough forms. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill while making Filling.
2. To make filling: Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add leek, celery, carrots, and mushrooms; sauté 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender. Stir in flour 
and garlic, and cook 1 minute. Add potatoes, broth, and poultry seasoning. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in cashew butter (if using), and 
cook 1 minute more. Remove from heat, and stir in asparagus, peas, and corn.

3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into 8 4-inch rounds.
4. Divide filling among 8 1-cup ramekins. Place dough rounds on top, pressing dough around sides of ramekins with fork to crimp and seal. Poke hole in top of each pot pie. Place pot pies on baking sheet, and bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until tops are golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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