Really Yummy Pot Pie

BRR!! These past few morning have been chiillllyyyy.

Ironically, it’s supposed to be back to being in the sixties next week – the weather we’ve been having is ridiculous! It actually snowed (okay, flurried) on and off all. day. long. today. Well, in between the five minute intervals of blue skies and sunshine.

So, what’s a great way to warm up from the deep freeze, you ask?

Why, pot pie, of course!

I realize I’ve been making veggie casseroles/pies/what-have-yous non stop lately. Case in point.

But really – what’s not to love?! I have fond memories of pot pies and shepherd’s pies as a child, and I guess those memories are still with me. When I made the butternut squash shepherd’s pie, I was having a hard time deciding between shepherd’s pie and pot pie, so it comes as no surprise that I made a pot pie last night.

Coming home and being able to curl up with the piping hot leftovers in a warm bowl on a day such as this couldn’t have been better, and I am sure I will be making this many more times.

It was not completely without flaw, however. Next time I will play with the crust recipe. I tried finding a basic crust recipe, but they all use butter. I’m not complaining about this – I think a good crust pretty much requires butter. The only problem I have with making a crust with butter is…the fact that I didn’t have any butter. Or earth balance – my weapon of choice. I just don’t use either often, and even my mom only had some margarine. Considering the fact that I just read a chapter on lipids and am in the middle of In Defense of Food, for some odd reason I didn’t think the trans-fats in margarine were in my best interest.

Shocker, I know.

And so I decided to use olive oil. Until I saw the sesame dressing I bought a while back at a farmer’s market and decided to use that. It’s a mix of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and sesame oil.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you have a good crust recipe – use that. I’m still going to include what I did, and while it’s not bad – it just needs some butter or earth balance.

After I put it in the oven I got this crazy idea that I should have made it with a cornbread crust, but I think that will be a post for another day.

Really Yummy Pot Pie

2-3 servings

First prepare the crust:

  • 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1 t. italian seasoning
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2 T. sesame dressing/olive oil
  • ~2 T. cold water

Combine the first 4 ingredients, using a fork to combine it into a crumbly mixture:

Add the water 1/2 T. at a time until it just holds together when pinched. You don’t want it too wet and sticky.

When that’s all set, refrigerate while you prepare the filling.

Filling:

  • 1 medium sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • olive oil, for sauteeing
  • 1 1/2 c. frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 a block of tempeh, chopped
  • 1 1/4 c. water (or vegetable broth)
  • 2-3 T. white bean flour(thickening agent)
  • 2 t. italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • dash of crushed red pepper, to taste/optional

Sautee the onion in a bit of olive oil until softened. Add in the sweet potato and 3/4 c. water, season with salt and pepper and cover. Cook until the sweet potato softens a bit but still firm. While the sweet potatoes cook, you can roll out your crust.

Add in the frozen mixed vegetables, tempeh and Italian seasoning. Cook until the vegetables are heated through, and then sprinkle in 1 1/2 T. of the white bean flour 1/2 T. at a time. Make sure you stir thoroughly after each addition. Season with salt and pepper, and when it’s where you want it, the sweet potatoes are tender and it is beginning to thicken, shut off the heat. Transfer to a casserole dish, and add in the last 1/2 c. water and sprinkle another 1/2 T. white bean flour over the top, stirring gently to combine. Lay the crust over top, slicing a couple holes in the top. And, you know…making a pretty smiley face with the excess crust.

Cook for about 50 minutes at 400*. The crust should turn golden, and the “gravy” may be bubbling around the sides.

The sweet potato and mixed vegetables along with the tempeh, and the gravy formed from the white bean flour is just a phenomenal combination.

Ohhh,, Marie. I am sorry to say, but you have nothing on this.

While eating, I browsed my last environmentally unfriendly addiction: the new K-Cups. I am very happy to hear that Green Mountain is looking into ways for their K-Cups to become “greener.”

I am also very happy to hear that their holiday flavors are [almost] out. Gingerbread was my absolute favorite last winter (what a shocker there, I know) and I’m pretty pumped to try Spicy Eggnog. They didn’t make it last year, but I’ve had an Eggnog coffee in the past and it was phenomenal.

Aaaand remember that figgy peanut butter from yesterday?

Uhhhh, yuht. You knew what had to happen. That is just one part of a figgy peanut butter, honey, and nectarine panini. Oh, yes.

I was practically chanting “figgy peanut butter” all morning in my head.

I am also brazen enough to roast broccoli in our toaster oven at work. I may or may not have roasted an entire head to have with this panini.

I may or may not have stolen the air freshener from the bathroom in attempts to be super sleuthy and not give myself away.

I may or may not have still had my boss walking back only to exclaim “I thought I smelled burnt broccoli!”

In my defense, it wasn’t burnt. He just has a sensitive nose. Or something.

And while I was really excited last night to try peanut flour in my overnight oats, I was super bummed to realize something was missing this morning. It just didn’t seem…right.

And then I realized it was chia seeds I was missing, and am ever-so-appreciative of them now. It just wasn’t the same without them!

And with that, I leave you with this:

I promise he’s alive. Don’t you want to be a horse in your next life?!

If you could be reincarnated as an animal – what would you want to be? Random question, I know. Possibly a touch morbid for a food blog, too.

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26 responses to “Really Yummy Pot Pie

  1. Your pot pie looks delicious and it’s the perfect time of year for them.

    I can’t wait for Green Mountains seasonal flavors to come out too. My all time fav is Golden French Toast. It’s absolutely heavenly.

  2. Ok, I am really excited to try those coffee flavors! I haven’t tried them yet and you got me all excited! The pot pie looks delicious. I have one on the menu for next week!

    I would totally come back as a house cat and hopefully my owner would be like Tony. I always say that he was a cat in a former life. Have a great weekend Jessica!

  3. Mo

    I loooooooooooooove pot pie. I don’t think there’s anything more comforting!
    And yesss, crust needs butter. I don’t care about all the saturated fats and whatnot. BUTTER IS NECESSARY. 😉
    I’d totally try this, but without the tempeh (it and I do not get along, much to my chagrin o.O). I’m sure a can of beans would work fine! And speaking of beans, I’m loving the addition of white bean flour!

    Figgy peanut butter… it had to happen, huh? 😛 Love it!

    I’d want to be a dog, provided I wasn’t like one of those dogs that ended up in Michael Vick’s care. I’m constantly jealous of them. They just seem so carefree. They don’t care about money or work/school and their interpersonal (interdogonal?) skills are amazing. Oh, and they get treats just for doing tricks. Who wouldn’t want that?

  4. Reincarnation? Definitely a dog. My pooches live the good life… I can’t stop spoiling them!

    I may hate shepherd’s pie, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE pot pie! I can’t wait to make this, thank you 🙂

    .. also, my parents can’t stand it when I ‘stink up’ the kitchen with my broccoli. I kind of like the smell so I don’t see the problem… haha.

  5. I’m going to guess you meant for the crust to look like a smiley face. Cause it does, and I love it. 😛 I also like that you use olive oil in the recipe instead of butter. I’ve recently gotten back into using butter in baking recipes (soooo much better than making it fat free!), but I still go for the light, trans-fat freeish stuff.

    Love the pictures of the horsies although I’ll admit- I never like to see them lying down like that. Especially after CoCo had colic last Fall..laying down always triggers a bad thought. :/ But it’s ok, it’s a beautiful picture! 🙂

    Oh, and I’m ridiculously jealous of your snow. It’s 80* here…if you’d like to send some of that way I’d be more than happy to take it off your hands 🙂

  6. I know, its been soooo cold! It makes me so excited to head west, even though I am such a fan of the fall.

    Yum, a pot pie sounds perfect right now as I sit under my comforter (yeah, exciting friday night…).

    I didn’t have chia seeds at my parents this morning so I made toast instead! I was bummed as well.

  7. mmmm i made a pot pie this week too, so delicious! your crust looks really yummy, i hadn’t thought to mix herbs into the dough. i’ll have to do that next time.

  8. i love the smiley face on your pot pie- adorable! and i’m sure it tastes heavenly too 🙂
    i always get nervous when i see horses lying down…isn’t that unnatural?!?
    i’d be an alpaca if i were reincarnated…they’re peaceful, shy (like me), and have a pretty sweet life if they live on a farm- sounds good to me!
    enjoy your weekend and warm up!!
    ~Em

  9. That coffee sounds yummy! I am stuck on the cinnamon roll flavor of my coffee at the moment. I would have to chose to be a Bald Eagle if I came back as an animal.

  10. I would wanna be a cat. Of course a cat living somewhere hospitable, not like a street cat, of course. How many times have I been sweating over homework when the cat walked in and leisurely picked out the best spot in the sun or the warmest spot on the couch to just…lay? But that pile of hay looks pretty sweet too 🙂

  11. Argh, whenever I see a horse flat out, I ALWAYS stare at them for about 10mins, so I can see at least 20 breaths :p that position looks too much like Death!
    Love love love the pot pie, that sounds delicious! I want to make it 🙂
    Oh, and the panini figgy PB honey nectarine thing..incred!
    I would come back as a cat I think. They do as they please, are beautiful, sleep a lot, fast, clean, amazing hunters – I love them!

  12. Oh pot pie… that’s such a good comfort food for this time of year. Maybe I can somehow cheat and use the mini cornbread muffins I’ve been slowly picking at from the freezer… I’ve got so many! But either way, you’re right- cornbread crust would be a good way to go!

  13. Great recipe for pot pie!!!!- great for this time of year – so comforting!!!
    If i could come back as any animal ????? Interesting question – ive never thought about it!!

  14. I love pot pie, but haven’t had any in a long time because I’m vegetarian and I miss it! Hopefully I’ll get the chance to try your recipe soon with some Earth Balance soon 🙂

    And if I were to be reincarnated as an animal, I’d be… hm. A cat!

  15. Mmm this reminds me of the amazing chicken pot pie my mom used to make with rosemary in the crust! I’ve never been one to make meals with leftovers like this, but I think I need to change my ways!

    I’ve been so confused about what fats to use lately too. Right now all I have are canola and olive oil, but I’ve been wanting to buy something else to use for baking. Margarine is a no because my family raised me to hate it. And I want to try Earth Balance, but when I checked the label at the grocery store, it had trans fats in it! So I think that just leaves me with butter. 😛

  16. Haha…love the horse picture. He looks so happy. 😀

    I think I’d be a dog, as long as I was in a home that frequently fed me and brought me for walks. 😉

  17. I think I’m going to make myself a pot pie pretty soon…the weather requires it 😀
    A cat, I want to be a cat 🙂

  18. Yuuum pot pie. I’ve bought all the ingredients and will be making it tomorrow! Thankyou so much for the recipe. I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂 xxx

  19. teenagehealthfreak

    you’re allowed to make me some pot pie. i’ve always been grossed out about the thought of it..but this would be okay. 🙂 broccoli in the toaster oven..nice! i bet thats faster too! i think i would want to be a cat…i could lounge around and be loved and petted by everyone.

  20. Sometimes I think you read my mind :). I’ve been eating veggie pot pies a lot lately, too, and have been looking for one with sweet potatoes for my next run. Yours looks so delicious! Also, I have to applaud you for roasting broccoli at work. You are one cool girl. I seem to forget how certain veggies smell when they cook, but my family members always seem to remind me. Whoops. What can I say, you and I are serious about our veggies.

    Have a lovely day!
    xox

  21. I can’t believe how cold it is in your parts of the country. We are still hitting 80 degrees here in Austin. I must admit that I’m a bit jealous of your cold weather…I feel like I’m in perpetual summer. And your pot pie looks delicious…there is nothing better on a cold day. Thank you for sharing, and I’ve could come back as an animal, I would definitely come back as a cat.

  22. Okay so that pot pie looks absolutely AMAZING. Might have to steal that one for this Thursday’s dinner, if Mike will put up with another pie full of vegetables. Bahhh I just wish I had people to cook for every day!!

    Flurries? Craziness. Though it does make me think of Christmas, which is just around the corner!!

  23. Oh man, we definitely share our tastes in rainy day/comfort food… warming pies and gingerbread coffee! Your pie looks delicious, I’m totally going to try out a variant of that.

    I would probably be… a hedgehog?!

    I’m thinking that since this is the first time I’ve ever posted a comment (I’ve been reading for a little while), I should probably just say “hi” too. Heehee, HI!

    xxx

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  25. Hello, I’m a new blogger and I’ve loved your posts.

    I made this pot pie recently and it was so good! All of your food looks fabulous. thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂

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