Springer's Kitchen

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Vegetable Pot Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 cups water
  • 3 bouillon cubes
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups medium-diced carrots, blanched for 2 minutes
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups peeled, diced potatoes
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves

For the pastry:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup ice water
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Directions

In a small saucepan, heat the water and dissolve the bouillon cubes in it. In a large pot, melt the butter and saute the onions over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until translucent.  Add the flour and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.  Add the hot broth to the sauce.  Simmer over low heat for 1 more minute, stirring, until thick.  Add salt, pepper, and heavy cream.  Add the vegetables and parsley.  Mix well.

For the pastry, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl with a pastry cutter. Add the shortening and butter and mix quickly with your fingers until each piece is coated with flour. Pulse 10 times, or until the fat is the size of peas.  Slowly add the ice water;just enough to moisten the dough and have it just come together.  Dump the dough out onto a floured surface and knead quickly into a ball.  Wrap the dough in plastic and allow it to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Divide the filling equally among 4-6 ovenproof bowls. Divide the dough accordingly and roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Brush the outside edges of each bowl with the egg wash, then place the dough on top. Trim the circle to 1/2-inch larger than the top of the bowl.  Crimp the dough to fold over the side, pressing it to make it stick. Brush the dough with egg wash and make 3 slits in the top. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling hot.

Adapted from Chicken Pot Pie by Ina Garten.

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Veggie Pot Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 pie crust crusts (I use my basic flaky pie crust)

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Heat oil in a large skillet or saucepan.   Cook mushrooms and garlic in oil for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Stir in carrots, potato, broccoli, frozen peas, and vegetable broth.   Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to a simmer.   Cook until vegetables are barely tender, about 5 minutes.   Season with spices.

In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water until cornstarch is completely dissolved.   Stir into vegetables, and cook until sauce thickens, about 3 minutes.

Roll out 1/2 of the dough to line a pie tin.   Pour the filling into the pastry lined dish.   Roll out remaining dough, arrange it over the filling, and seal and flute the edges.  Pierce top of pie a few times with a knife.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

Adapted from Veggie Pot Pie from AllRecipes.com.

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Curried Tofu in Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder, divided
  • 1/4 cup roasted sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 14.5-ounce can chopped tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • 1 1/4 cups frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, optional

 

Directions

Cut tofu horizontally into two 3/4-inch thick slabs.  Press each between a towel to remove excess moisture.  Rub salt, and then 1 teaspoon of the curry powder, into the top and bottom of each slab.  Cut tofu into 3/4-inch chunks and set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wide skillet over medium heat.  Add tofu, and allow to brown on one side.  Carefully turn with a spatula, and cook until golden on most sides.  Remove with a slotted spoon, cover to keep warm, and set aside.

Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil to the pan, followed by garlic and ginger.  Cook until garlic turns pale gold, then add tomatoes, milk, and 1 teaspoon of curry powder.  Stir and cook several minutes, until tomatoes lose most of their moisture.  Stir in peas, then cover and cook until almost tender, about 3 minutes.

Scatter tofu over tomato mixture.  Cover and heat through, about 2 minutes.  Carefully stir in cilantro, if using.  Garnish with almonds and serve immediately with cooked rice or quinoa.

 

Adapted from Indian-Seasoned Tofu with Tomatoes from Sunflower Market.

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Potato Chickpea Curry

Ingredients

  • 4 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup cream, half-n-half, or milk
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Directions

Place potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil over high heat; simmer until the potatoes are tender.  Drain, and set aside.

Warm oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add onion, and cook until soft and translucent, and maybe slightly caramelized.  Stir in garlic, curry powder, garam masala, ginger, cumin, and salt.  Cook for 1 or 2 minutes, stirring.  Pour in tomato sauce, cream, and chickpeas.  Stir in potatoes.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Serve warm over rice.

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