Tackling Pot Pie the Vegan Way

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When I made the Veggie Potpie Stew, I mentioned never having made an actual pot pie before.  This isn’t strictly true.  When our stove went out, I did mess around with a slow-cooker potpie recipe.  While that didn’t qualify as a traditional potpie, per se, it was the same general concept with all the traditional flavors.

But the other day I had a little time to devote to the true potpie experience.  Or, at least, the vegan potpie experience.  Having made a fresh batch of seitan earlier in the week, I was itching to use it in a recipe.  Veganomicon‘s Almost All-American Seitan Pot Pie sounded like just the thing.  Reading the recipe, I figured it would take me at least two hours to prepare and cook.  Undaunted, I settled on it for dinner.  Yes, I am crazy enough to make potpie in the summer!

potpie filling cooking
The first thing the filling called for was a roux made with chickpea flour, an ingredient I am always decidedly lacking.  I want to give a shout-out to the awesome vegan community on Twitter for solving that one for me.  All I had to do was ask about substitutes and I had an answer long before it was time to start cooking.  YourDailyVegan recommended spelt flour, and that worked out just fine.

potpie filling in dish
Everything else was typical potpie fare: carrots, potatoes, peas, seitan for the “meaty” part, and a tasty vegan gravy.  I had a little trouble with the roux and wound up with a bit of a smokey kitchen, but somehow managed to avoid burning it.  (Don’t laugh.  I’ve never made roux before.) The crust was easier and came together without fuss.

potpie with crust
I only made half a recipe since I was feeding four people instead of eight.  It looked kind of inelegant in the smaller casserole dish; I’d love to get individual pans for use in the future.  That would certainly make it look more appealing on the plate.

potpie on plate
Despite kind of falling apart when served, this was very, very tasty!  A slightly smaller casserole dish and a little more time rolling out the crust would make it just about perfect.  I might also try using a mixture of peas and corn instead of just peas.  Come to think of it, chopped mushrooms would taste good in the filling, too!

Question for the comments: What labor-intensive recipes have you been waiting to try?  Do you feel a good meal is worth spending a lot of time in the kitchen?


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. JL goes Vegan  June 23, 2011

    Let me count the ways that I want to eat my computer screen right now. This looks amazing!

    • Sam  June 23, 2011

      Thanks! 🙂 It was definitely worth the work and the prep time.

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