Wendy's Cauliflower & Mushroom Pie


As soon as I saw this pie on Wendy's blog, A Wee Bit of Cooking, I knew I had to make it. You see, our summer here in Scotland is more like Autumn. It is cool and very, very wet.

So, bring on the comfort food and to hang with salads!

Wendy's pie is filled with cauliflower, leek and mushrooms in a creamy bechamel sauce and topped with puff pastry. The original pie was a Chanterelle & Cauliflower Pie, however I couldn't find any chanterelles, so it was just bog standard mushrooms for me, but it was still great.

Graham loved this pie! He had seconds and thirds. So thanks for the recipe Wendy, we will definitely be having this again soon.

Cauliflower and Mushroom Pie

photo: A Wee Bit of Cooking

bechamel sauce
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp olive oil
1 leek, chopped
12 chestnut mushrooms
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
Puff pastry
Salt and Pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 200c fan/220c/425f/gas mark 7.
  2. Make the bechamel sauce and add the dried herbs and mustard to it.  Cook gently for 5 minutes to let flavours combine, then season and set aside.
  3. Fry the leek gently in olive oil for a few minutes until soft then add the mushrooms and cook for a few minutes. Add the vinegar and cook until the juices have thickened.
  4. Add the cauliflower florets and stir well.  
  5. Cover and cook gently for 15 minutes until the cauliflower has just softened. Add a little water if you need to.
  6. Mix the bechamel sauce with the vegetables and pour into an oven proof dish.
  7. Cover with puff pastry and brush with beaten egg.
  8. Bake until the pie is golden.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
Serves 2 hungry people!

I have to add a thank you to my friend Adam who gave me the gorgeous cabbage plate. Thanks Adam, I love it :)


  1. Wow, that looks great Holler! I am all about the comfort food these days!

    Love the new layout of your blog! It looks awesome! :)

  2. I'm ticking off the days when the weather cools down here so I can have the oven on more often for cozy casseroles like this. It would also be good with a thick crust of fried breadcrumbs on top. Now I'm going to have to hop over to see Wendy's post. ; )

  3. You are making me jealous with your good weather Susan!

  4. Of course, the cabbage plate is very pretty (nice friends you have, darls!), but so's the new Tinned Tomatoes look, Holler!

    The pie is bookmarked for me as well. I knew it would be good and am very pleased it lived up to your expectaions too.

  5. I am glad you like the plate and the new look Lucy and you have to try the pie :)

  6. I had reservations when I saw mushroom and cauliflower pie, until I saw your pic and popped over to Wendy's blog ... this sounds absolutely like something I would like to cook.

    You can have some of this hot and muggy ... I mean MUGGY ... temps we are experiencing, I am so ready for Fall :)

  7. I am glad you were won over by the pie Ohio Mom!

    Maybe what we could do is swap some of our weather until the temperatures are good for both of us :)

  8. The pie looks just wonderful, and I really really love the cauliflower bowl!

  9. That pie does look just wonderful, so rich and creamy! And I adore the cauli plate.

  10. I am in love with your gorgeous cabbage plate

    And it is good to see Wendy's pie works well with bog standard mushrooms as chances of me finding chanterelles is slim

  11. Love your first photo - a cauliflower has never looked more beautiful!

  12. Oh and Ive added you to my blogroll too!

  13. That looks so good. As soon as I can get my hand on some cauliflower I will be making this!!!

  14. This is one of those comfort dishes we all thrive on once the weather turns on us:D

  15. Hi Diann,It is a lovely bowl, isn't it? I was really surprised, when Adam looked it out for me. He obviously realised I would appreciate it. That boy has good taste!

    Thanks Ricki :)

    I think mushrooms are always good Johanna, no matter what kind they are!

    Thank you CC :)

    Thanks Beth!

    You won't be disappointed Judy!

    Huh! It seems to be closing in here already Val :(

  16. I would have never thought of combining cauliflower and mushrooms, but it sounds delicious and it definitely looks it.

  17. Hmmmm, I thought I just commented. Apologies if I'm repeating myself...

    Wonderful, wonderful that you and Graham liked the pie. Chuffed to bits. :)

    Love the new look, btw.

  18. Hi Silvie, all credit to Wendy for thinking this one up :)

  19. Hey, Wendy, the pie worked out really well. Graham finished it off tonight. Thank you for the recipe.

    Glad you like the new look :) I see you have a new photo of you in your garden. I hope that is a glass of wine you have in your hand?

  20. I am loving cauliflower lately. And take the easy out by just roasting it in the oven with olive oil and salt. Sigh, but your pie sounds lovely!

  21. catering equipmentTuesday, 26 August, 2008

    It looks fantastic!

  22. Holler, I love cauliflower, i love mushroom, i love creamy sauce and when it's all in a pie it's just perfect!

    Thanks for sending this to bookmarked recipes!

  23. The pie looks AMAZING. That is total comfort food for me. The mushrooms, the pastry and the creamy sauce = heaven.

  24. That looks so creamy and good! I really like the sound of a mushroom and cauliflower pie!

  25. wow your "pie" looks awesome! how yummy and comforting.

  26. It's definitely cold enough at the moment!

    I'm giving up on summer and skipping straight to the comfort food. This looks like a creamy, lip-smacking treat to ward off the chill.

  27. Hi Janelle, thanks for the tip. I will try my cauliflower that way some time :)

    Thanks C.E.!

    Hi Ruth, thank you for including me in your line-up! I am especially loving the potato bread and the lemon cream. Yum!

    Hey Pam, it was pretty special :)

    Kudos to Wendy for that Kevin :)

    Thanks Sweet Designs :)

    Hey Jen, I was giving up to, but the sun came out today and it was warm and sunny and altogether wonderful! Long may it continue :)

  28. Looks amazing! I hear you about needing the comfort food in...August!

  29. Thank you Del Sister :)

    Hey Vegan Cowgirl, the weather has turned for the better here for a few days. I am holding my breath and hoping...

  30. Wow, that sounds really good! The perfect fall/winter dinner!

  31. hi holler - just wanted to report that we tried this out last night and it was a winner. very tasty and comforting, and the combo of mushrooms and cauliflower unexpectedly good! but perhaps it was just the magical properties o f bechamel? anyhow, thanks for writing about this pie - it will definitely be returning to our place.

  32. Hi Dessert Girl, it is indeed perfect Fall food :)

    Hi Frances, I am so glad you tried this pie. It is very good. Wendy should definitely get a gold star for this one :)

  33. Mmmm...OMG I love cauliflower and this looks so beautiful and satisfying! Must give it a try. Love your photos too.


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