Holy Cow Vegan - VEGAN POT PIE
What's not to love about breaking through crackly, crispy golden pastry to a bubbly, creamy, savoury stew underneath? This comforting vegan pot pie has chunky pieces of veggies in a herby and flavourful sauce and you can add tofu or sausage for a delicious protein boost. It's easy too--anyone can make it. And it is soy-free and can be nut-free or gluten-free--so anyone can eat it!
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VEGAN POT PIE
Section 1: Ingredients
1 sheet puff pastry (thawed)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic (crushed and then thinly sliced)
1 large onion (thinly sliced)
2 medium carrots (cut in a ½-inch dice)
2 stalks celery (cut in an approx ½-inch dice)
8 oz crimini mushrooms (cut in chunky slices)
2 medium potatoes (yellow or red)
½ cup dry white wine (optional)
8 oz butternut squash (cubed. Or any winter squash or zucchini will do)
2 tablespoon sage (minced, or 2 teaspoon dry)
1 teaspoon rosemary (¼ teaspoon if using dry)
1 tablespoon thyme (or 2 teaspoon dry)
14-16 oz vegan sausage or tofu (optional. Slice the sausage and cube the tofu)
½ cup raw cashews (use pumpkin seeds for a nut-free alternative)
2 ½ cups vegetable stock (or water)
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoon parsley (finely chopped)
Section 2: INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
Make cashew cream by blitzing the raw cashews with ½ cup of vegetable stock or water. You can soak the cashews for 30 minutes if your blender is not a high-powered one. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet or oven-safe skillet. Or, if you plan to make this in a baking dish use any skillet. Add the garlic, saute for a few seconds, then add the onions, celery and carrots.
Add a pinch of salt and ground black pepper to the skillet. Saute the onions, celery and carrots until the vegetables become translucent. Add the potatoes and mushrooms and saute for a couple of minutes.
Add the wine, if using, to the skillet (turn off heat or turn it down really low when you do this to avoid splashing any wine which could result in a fire). Cook the veggies, stirring frequently, until the wine has all but evaporated.
Add the herbs and the butternut squash to the skillet and stir-fry for a minute. Add the cashew cream and the remaining 2 cups of vegetable stock to the skillet and mix (add up to one more cup of vegetable stock for a saucier filling--I like mine saucy enough but not too saucy). Let it all come to a boil and simmer on a low flame for five more minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Stir in the sausage or tofu, if using, then add the parsley. Add more salt and ground black pepper as needed. Turn off the heat.
At this point, if you're planning to bake the pot pie in a baking dish, transfer the vegetable sauce carefully to the dish. If using an oven-safe skillet, you can continue to the next step.
Roll out the puff pastry to a size that'll cover the skillet, if that's what you plan to bake in, or of the baking dish you will use. Make 1-inch slits with a knife in the puff pastry, about an inch apart. This will give the juices an avenue to bubble and escape as the pot pie cooks.
Place the puff pastry carefully over the top of the sauce, making sure you cover it. Tuck in any excess pastry. You can brush on some oil on the surface of the puff pastry at this point for a more golden crust.
Place a sheet pan on a rack in the center of the oven. Place the skillet or baking dish on the sheet pan and bake 30-35 minutes or until the juices are bubbling and the puff pastry looks golden and crispy.
Serve hot or warm.
The puff pastry makes this pie effortlessly delicious. But if you prefer a homemade crust, that's fine too. Use the homemade pot pie crust in this recipe. You can also find a gluten-free crust recipe here.
The combination of veggies I have used in this recipe is perfect in this pot pie. But for a change, use another winter or summer squash or sweet potatoes.
You can bake this pot pie as one large pot pie or small, individual pies in ramekins. You should get 6-8 small pies depending on the size of your ramekins.