Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Quintessential Comfort Food.



Back in my pre-vegan days I used to make a quick chicken pot pie from a store bought chicken, frozen pie crust, frozen vegetables and a can of cream of potato soup. Not anymore. Today's pot pie was a realization of all the fresh vegetables that I had available. It was also a result of last night's french onion soup leftovers. You see, I was already thinking "gravy" while I supped on the rich and delicious soup. What better way to utilize gravy than in a vegetable pot pie recipe? No need for those condensed and canned soups. I was going for a gravy that was rich and creamy with the flavors and aroma of caramelized onions, miso and red wine (ingredients that were in the soup). Something that would give the vegetables intense flavor. I think I succeeded.

What I did was this. I strained the broth from the onion soup and made a roux with Earth Balance margarine and flour. Then I stirred in the broth and whisked and whisked until it thickened. Then I added plain soymilk little by little while I whisked and let it simmer. I chopped some of the caramelized soup onions and put them in there too. A dash of salt and pepper later and I had my gravy. The filling was all about chopping and dicing: potatoes, broccoli, spinach, green beans, carrots, mushrooms and (frozen) corn. I cooked them over heat with a little water to soften the potatoes and then combined the mixture with the gravy. Then I poured it into the pie crust and covered it with a very lazy top pie crust and baked it for 40 minutes. I say lazy because I used an oil based pie crust which I think lacks the butteryness and that something something that traditional pie crusts have. I could have made one with margarine or shortening to get that flavor/texture but like I said, I was too lazy. But no matter, the pie turned out beautiful. Don't you think? No not really. It's a very home made lookin' pie and for what it lacks in beauty, the taste makes up for it all the more.


Inside shot. The gravy was the best gravy I've ever made.


Pie Hole!

8 comments:

aTxVegn said...

Great way to use the leftover onion soup. Comfort indeed!

LeAnne said...

You're a serious PRO at turning leftovers into a hole other meal! I love that. That way nothing is wasted!

Becks - Not a Rabbit. said...

Genius use of the leftover soup and awesomely yummy looking pie! Nom! >:o)

pixiepine said...

That looks SO good.

Gina said...

That looks totally delicious!.

Kiersten said...

That inside shot looks SO delicious. Nice job.

Amey said...

I don't know how I've missed your super rad blog. This pot pie has me salivating at 8 am. I am going to try to make one tomorrow. It's such a virtuous feeling when you manage to use up all the leftovers, isn't it!

Mandee said...

I am so going to have to try making that gravy for a pie!