17 March 2014

Cheesey Vegetable Puff Pie


Cheesey Vegetable Puff Pie. Mmmmmmmm!

Le Creuset asked me to make a pie for them for National Pie Week to promote their new deep oval pie dishes. Unfortunately events were against me. 

The first pie I made didn't go well at all. I made a deep chocolate pie. Unfortunately I used ready rolled shortcrust pastry and it just wasn't big enough to cover the dish and shrank on blind baking too. The chocolate filling was divine, but it didn't look bonnie at all, so I scrapped the idea of posting it. Graham didn't mind at all. He thought it was amazing and scoffed most of it over 2 days. Yes, it was indeed a vegan chocolate pie. I'll make it again sometime, but make my own pastry or buy a block next time.

Then the winter was against me. If you are a food blogger you know what I mean. You need daylight for a good photo and it's just too dark in the evening by the time I get home from work. So I waited for my day off and we all got ill. We're still ill, but I managed to make my cheesey vegetable puff pie yesterday and get photos. At last. Pie week is long gone, but it was worth the wait, I hope you'll agree.



Potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, peas and sweetcorn in the richest cheese sauce, all topped off with golden puffy pastry. You really can't beat it. True curl your toes comfort food.

The new deep oval pie dish was the perfect size for a family pie and would feed 4-6 depending on what you are serving it with and how hungry your guests are.

Cooper and I only managed to eat a third of it. Mind you we didn't have anything with it. I was too gubbed after making two sauces and two pies (I made a vegan pie for Graham with my vegan cheese sauce).

I loved my wee pie birdie and I don't know if you can see from the photos, but I topped my Cheesey Vegetable Puff Pie with three little people (one for Graham, Cooper and I) and a little heart.



As I said,  I made two cheese sauces. You can find my full cheese sauce in my Messicani with Spinach Cheese Sauce  recipe (feel free to add spinach too) and my vegan cheese sauce over at Great British Chefs. I will let you pick up the recipes from there. Otherwise my recipe for this pie will be more like a novel! I now add 2 heaped tsp of onion powder to my vegan cheese sauce but you can taste it as you go an make your own decision.


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Cheesey Vegetable Puff Pie
A gloriously golden puff pie filled with a selection of vegetables in a rich cheese sauce.
Ingredients
  • 1 portion cheese sauce or vegan cheese sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 300g potatoes,, cut into chunks
  • 200g carrots, sliced fairly thickly
  • 250g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 150g frozen peas
  • a small tin sweetcorn
  • 500g block puff pastry (Jus Rol is suitable for vegans)
  • a little milk or unsweetend soya milk
  • a good grinding salt and pepper
Instructions
1. Make your cheese sauce and set aside.2. Preheat the oven to 200c fan/220c/425f/gas mark 7.3. Steam or parboil the potatoes and carrots until just about tender.4. Saute the mushrooms in olive oil. Give them a good seasoning of black pepper as they cook.5. Lightly flour your worktop and rolling pin and roll out your pastry until it is a bit bigger than your pie dish. Turn your pie dish face down and cut around it, so you will have the correct size lid. Keep the scraps, you'll need them.6. Wet the edge of the pie dish and use the scraps to line the edge of the pie dish all the way round. Making a type of collar.7. Mix all your vegetables into the cheese sauce and pour into your pie dish. Add a pie bird if you are using one, if not slice the top of the pie to let the steam out, before your put it into the oven.8. Place your pastry lid over the pie dish carefully, making sure it fits to the edge all the way round. Use a fork to seal the edges onto the pastry collar.9. Decorate the top of the pie with leftover pastry (stick down with a little water) and brush the pie top with milk or soya milk and pop in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the pie is puffy and golden.10. Enjoy!
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Yield: Serves 4-6



Disclosure: I made this recipe for Le Creuset, who kindly sent me a baking set including my pie dish, so I could create my recipe and covered the cost of my ingredients. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own. 

46 comments:

  1. Oh my, that looks so divine - real comfort food! Love the little birdy, very sweet!
    Janie x

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    1. Thanks Janie, I love the wee birdie too and was very pleased with the pie.

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  2. Warm, comforting, real food. Plus a pretty cool dish too. Love the Le Crueset range.

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    1. It's just one of the best brands isn't it. You can't beat it. I love their cast iron pots too, such a joy to cook in.

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  3. Loving the new layout Jacqueline!

    This pie, what can I say, it looks so delicious and the decorations are so cute :)

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  4. What a TASTY looking recipe Jac and I LOVE your wee ORANGE blackbird too! KAren

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  5. A delicious, great pie. I love the crust with all of you on it. GG

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  6. Oh Jac, I adore pie and this one sounds oh so delicious. I hardly ever pie myself as I don't really like using bought pastry and I find making my own a bit of a faff. But sometimes, pie is the only thing that will do. Your bird is so cute.

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    1. Thanks. Bought pastry is really rather good these days Choclette. Maybe you should try it again.

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  7. I would eat this all, just pass me over the pie dish and that pastry is so lovely and crisp. Bet all of my veggie friends would love e if I made this!

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    1. I think they probably would, although this is the kind of satisfying dish that meat-eaters usually enjoy too

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  8. Hope you get better soon. Cheesy veggie pie is perfect comforting food, one that all the family will love x

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    1. Thanks Charlene and even though it nearly finished me making it. We did really, really enjoy it.

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  9. Beautiful pie, Jac. The cheese will make such a tasty sauce for the vegetables.

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    1. Oh yes indeedy Janice, it certainly did :)

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  10. I'm going to make this for dinner soon - do you know what the volume of the pie dish is? I don't have an oval one, but can dig out my high school maths from my brain to work out the volume of my round one ;-)

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    1. It's 28cm, but don't know the capacity. It is quite a big dish. My advice it don't worry of you have leftover veg in cheese sauce, it is delicious mixed through pasta, so that is dinner sorted for another night and it freezes fine.

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  11. I recently bought a pack of nutritional yeast to try them out ;-) Vegan pie might be a good start ;)

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    1. It's great stuff and it does give a cheesy flavour. Graham thinks I have cracked vegan cheese sauce. The onion powder I added this time added a nice flavour too.

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  12. Your pie looks scrummy, real comfort food. I have benn making a simliar pie for years, it is always a winner even with meat eaters.

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  13. Perfect comfort food! I'm loving on the little people & heart - and glad I'm not the only one who has to have them when baking a pie!

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    1. You know I don't usually add decoration when I make a pie, I had more time and wasn't rushing about like usually, but I think I should make the effort fro now on.

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  14. I love my Le Creuset dishes. I also love the look of that pie!

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    1. Thanks Lisa and yes they are a great brand.

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  15. What a scrumptious-looking pie! I love your pie birdie too and it reminds me that I have one somewhere that I haven't used for ages. I can't eat mushrooms sadly, but I imagine this would be good with any combination of vegetables. I hope you are all feeling better soon!

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    1. It would be just as good without the mushrooms Antonia. I am just a bit of a mushroom fiend. We are on the mend now thanks Antonia.

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  16. I love food like this, comforting and delicious...and something where even a die hard carnivore like me wouldn't miss the meat!

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    1. Me too Fiona, but not too often. It's too calorific.

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  17. Oh wow, we love a pie in this house and your version would go down an absolute treat with my ravenous boys! The veggie firefighter will be delighted Jac :)

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    1. Oh good, I do hope you make it then Katie :)

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  18. Glad to hear your are feeling better, Jac, we missed you!

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  19. Lovely click Jac and the pie looks hearty and delicious.

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  20. I don't have a dish like this but I so want to get one now just for this recipe!

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    1. Hehe it's a dangerous business looking at food blogs.

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  21. Lovely dish from Le Crueset. And a lovely pie to go in it, reminds me of the Cheesy Veggie Pie my Mum used to make regularly when I was a teenager (and a veggie) living at home. Always a big fave. And I can't believe I've not made a version of it yet for my kids who I'm sure would be delighted. Lovely recipe and photos, and glad you're finally a little on the mend.

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    1. Yes, my mum made a similar pie. She's a dab hand at cheese sauces You should make it Lou, I am sure it would go down a treat!

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  22. I love that little pie bird. Mine is sitting on my desk keeping me company.

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    1. He i cute, isn't he. I wonder what colour you have.

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  23. Great photos! It looks and sounds delicious too.

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  24. this looks so delicious - I am sure I would love this with either regular cheese or vegan cheese sauce (had a look at great british chefs) - glad you have found nutritional yeast flakes work with the vegan cheese sauce well - I am addicted to them. Though I am still not able to give up my cheese.

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x