Veggie Pot Pie

Veggie Pot Pie
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This recipe lends itself to creativity, since you can prepare it with almost any combination of vegetables.
Servings Prep Time
6 portions 45 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 portions 45 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Veggie Pot Pie
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This recipe lends itself to creativity, since you can prepare it with almost any combination of vegetables.
Servings Prep Time
6 portions 45 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 portions 45 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Biscuit Crust
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Coat an 8-inch casserole dish with vegetable cooking spray.
  3. In heavy saucepan, heat wine over medium-high heat.
  4. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until soft, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add celery, bell pepper, carrot, green beans and peas.
  6. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. If mixture begins to dry out, add 1/4 cup more wine.
  7. Reduce heat to low. Sprinkle flour over vegetable mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes.
  8. In glass measuring cup, combine milk or soymilk and 2 cups vegetable stock. Slowly add to vegetable mixture while whisking constantly. Sauce will start to thicken.
  9. Add parsley, soy sauce, thyme, sage, pepper and cayenne. Cook, stirring constantly, until filling is thickened.
  10. Remove from heat, transfer mixture to prepared casserole and set aside.
Biscuit Crust
  1. In large bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  2. Using a pastry blender or fork, cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal.
  3. In measuring cup, combine buttermilk and honey.
  4. Add liquid to flour mixture, stirring with a fork to form a stiff dough. Add more buttermilk if dough is too dry.
  5. Knead lightly in bowl, 3 to 5 minutes, until dough is no longer sticky.
  6. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Roll out to 10 inch round or roll to 1/2 inch thickness and cut into decorative shapes, wedges or rounds.
  7. Lay biscuit topping lightly over filling..
  8. Bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling--about 20 to 30 minutes.
  9. Serve steaming hot into bowls and check six veggies off of your list!
Recipe Notes

Try changing up the flavor of the filling, for example, make a curry vegetable pot pie.  The biscuit crust is a low-fat version of a traditional pot-pie topping. Soy milk can replace the buttermilk to make it vegan; however, the crust may end up a
bit heavier.

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Tomato Pie, Southern Style

This recipe is adapted from Vivian Howard‘s piece in Saveur

Tomato Pie, Southern Style
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1 10 inch pie
Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
Servings
1 10 inch pie
Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
Tomato Pie, Southern Style
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1 10 inch pie
Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
Servings
1 10 inch pie
Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Pie Crust
Filling & Topping
Servings: 10 inch pie
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Pie Crust
  1. Place the flour and salt in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium for a few seconds. Begin adding the butter one cube at a time. Continue until the flour is speckled and crumbly, about 4 minutes. With the mixer still running, add sun gold tomatoes and vinegar until just combined. Do not overmix. Press the dough into a 6-inch disk, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator overnight (Or the freeze for a few hours).
  2. Bring the crust to room temperature and lightly butter a 10-inch metal pie pan. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  3. Dust your counter and rolling pin lightly with flour and roll the crust slightly larger than your pan. Lay the crust in the pan and press gently into its edges. Cut off the edges that hang over and discard. Freeze for at least 15 minutes or until you're ready to blind-bake.
  4. Lay foil or parchment paper on top of the crust and weigh that down with dried beans or rice. Blind-bake the shell for 30 minutes. Remove the pie weights and foil or parchment and bake 5 minutes more. Set the cooked crust aside as you prepare the filling.
Filling
  1. Toss half of the diced tomatoes with 1⁄2 teaspoon salt and 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar. Set them over a colander to drain while you get everything else ready, at least an hour.
  2. Lower your oven to 375°. In a medium sauté pan or skillet, melt the butter and then add the onion and 1⁄2 teaspoon salt. Cook over medium-low heat until deeply caramelized. This will take about 45 minutes. If the onion gets away from you and burns a little, add 1⁄4 cup of water to the pan, scrape up the overbrowned bits, and keep going. In the end, you have a scant 2⁄3 cup caramelized onion.
  3. Toss the remaining diced tomatoes with 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, thyme, and olive oil. Spread in a single layer on a sheet tray with as much room separating the individual pieces as possible. Slide the tray onto the middle rack of your oven and roast for 30-35 minutes. You're looking for the tomatoes to dry out and brown slightly.
  4. Once all the individual components are done, stir together the onion, garlic, the fresh and roasted diced tomatoes, the remaining salt, sugar, black pepper, and basil.
Topping
  1. In a separate, smaller bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, fontina, and Parmigiano. Spoon the filling into your blind-baked crust. Top with the cheese mixture and tomato slices. Bake in the middle of your oven for 30 minutes. You can serve this warm or at room temperature.
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Sweet Potatoes in Banana Leaves with Dried Figs & Cashews

Sweet Potatoes in Banana Leaves with Dried Figs & Cashews
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A special occasion dish from James Beard award-winning chef, Robert Del Grande of RDG & Bar Annie, Houston
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Sweet Potatoes in Banana Leaves with Dried Figs & Cashews
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A special occasion dish from James Beard award-winning chef, Robert Del Grande of RDG & Bar Annie, Houston
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
Ingredients
Garnishes
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Instructions
  1. Prepare your mise en place.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F. Roast the sweet potatoes until fully cooked & very soft – approximately 45 minutes or longer depending on the size. Cool to room temperature.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the sliced dried figs, vinegar, salt & pepper, and minced ginger. Lightly toss. Allow the figs to marinate for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. In a skillet over set on medium high, heat the banana leave pieces just until they become flexible.
  5. Lay the banana leaves on a work surface.
  6. Slice the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. (If using smaller sweet potatoes, split the sweet potatoes open & press lightly to flatten.) Place a piece of sweet potato on each banana leaf.
  7. Distribute the fig mixture over the sweet potatoes.
  8. Distribute the cashews over the sweet potatoes.
  9. Place a piece of butter on top of each sweet potato. Fold up the banana leaf to enclose the sweet potato. Tie with a piece of string to secure.
  10. Place the sweet potato packages in a broad skillet in a single layer. Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the skillet – approximately 1/8 inch deep.
  11. Cover the skillet with a lid or with aluminum foil. Heat the skillet to gently steam the sweet potato packages – approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
  12. Remove the packages from the skillet. Cut the string and unfold on dinner plates keeping the sweet potato and any juices in the center of the banana leaf.
  13. Sprinkle the minced Serrano chile (optional) and the crème fraiche & crumbled cheese over the sweet potato. Garnish with a wedge of fresh lime.
Recipe Notes

Substitutions: dried corn husks soaked in water until flexible or parchment paper.

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