The “pot pie”, with its pastry crust and thickened meat-and-vegetable filling, has a long history in western Europe. It was common in the Middle Ages to fill a pot pie with meat, vegetables, and fruit (usually berries). As this dish migrated to America, the fruit disappeared and carrots, peas, onions, potatoes, and celery became the staple ingredients. Whatever the composition, the pot pie is often found at holiday meals and is a great wintertime comfort food.
I searched the web for some of the best vegetarian pot pie recipes I could find and picked a few of the most outstanding. If you have to accommodate a vegetarian at your dinner table in the coming weeks, a pot pie makes a delicious and hearty main dish that can be made using familiar ingredients and techniques. As always, if you have a favorite recipe please post it in the comments!
Tofu Pot Pie
Everyday Thanksgiving Tofu Pot Pie — This recipe uses common vegetables, plain tofu, and even suggests a store-bought crust. Instructions call for individual pies and they look absolutely delicious. Yum. Preparation time is less than 1 hour.
Tofu Pot Pie — Another great looking recipe that is a bit more basic than the first. Preparation time is also less than 1 hour.
Veggie-Only Pot Pie
Meg’s Best Veggie Pot Pie — This is about as simple as it comes. The comments give it rave reviews. Preparation time is less than 1 hour.
Cheesy Pot Pie
Goat Cheese Vegetable Pot Pie Recipe — If you require a gluten-free pie, check out this recipe. It’s a little bit more involved but I like the addition of goat cheese and the biscuit-style crust. Preparation time is less than 1 hour.
Fake Meat Pot Pie
Vegan Chickn Pot Pie — For the more adventurous cook, see this recipe. It calls for some less common ingredients, but the upside is that they walk you through the entire process step-by-step with pictures. The results look absolutely marvelous. If you’re looking to really delight the vegetarian in your household this is the recipe that I would recommend. Preparation time about 90 minutes.
Seitan Pot Pie — Another recipe for a fake meat pot pie, this one calls for mixed frozen veggies and fresh asparagus and mushrooms. An interesting twist of flavor from a straightforward recipe. Preparation time is less than 1 hour.
Mushroom Pot Pie
Portobello Pot Pie — I’m a big fan of mushrooms, so I had to add a separate category just for this one. It includes not one but two varieties of shrooms. De-li-cious. Preparation time is less than 1 hour.
Pot pies are very forgiving. In addition to the standard ingredients mentioned in traditional recipes, don’t forget to try adding any of the following: tempeh, lentils, garlic, leek, green onion, corn, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, kale, chard, sweet potatoes, beets, green beans, chickpeas, okra, squash, your favorite cheese(s), thyme, sage, basil, cumin, oregano, or nutritional yeast. Invent your own pot pie and have fun
Thanks to Flickr user QuintanaRoo for the pot pie photo below.
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|Ben is a graduate student at NCSU studying Crop Science with an emphasis on Sustainable Agriculture. Official foodie credentials are non-existent, other than the fact that he has been cooking for himself since he was 12 years old. You can find his personal blog at bengarland.com, photos and videos at bengarland’s Flickr photostream, and his plans for a self-constructed earthen home and organic farm over at Our Farm Adventure.|