Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Brussel Sprout and Pecan Pot Pies -Vegan style

Comfort food deluxe!

A half stalk of Brussel Sprouts was sitting waiting so
I decided to whip up a few Brussel Sprout Pot Pies with
Raw Pecan pieces, Vegan Gravy + a wee bit o chopped Seitan.

The gravy began with a large fine diced shallot being
sauteed until lightly browned.
I use very little saute oil so a splash of Vegan Stock
was added to prevent sticking.
* Better than Bouillon brand
Whisked in 1/2 C Spelt Flour+ 1 tsp Garlic,
2 tsp Onion Powder + 1 tsp White Pepper.

Brown the flour then:
Whisk in 3+ Cups of Vegan Chkn Flavored Stock*
Bring to bubbly
Taste for seasoning-Salt
Watch your salt if your stock is already salty
Set on low flame and it will thicken, soa djust to your desired
viscosity with more stock or perhaps some vegan plain beverage.

I halved and seared the Brussel Sprouts with a little shallot and
Buttery Spread in a hot skillet.
Added 1/4 C stock, covered and cooked 3 minutes
Added 2 TBSP Raw Pecan Pieces and browned for a minute.
Added a splash of Lemon juice and Pepper
Optional: Added 1/4 C diced Seitan I had from another recipe

Crust-3 pies including tops
Preheat oven to 350
Place 3/4 C Oil in freezer for 15 min
Add 1/4 C cold water to the chiilled oil
Make a crater and blend into this
2 C Flour + 2 tsp Onion Powder, 1/12 tsp Sugar, 1 tsp Salt
Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness on parchment paper
Form crust into pie tins saving some for tops
Make a few fork punctures in bottoms
PRE BAKE bottoms for about 20 min or until firm
Fill, form and place tops, puncture tops, bake pies
Sit back and enjoy your work.

*Non Vegans will sometimes ask
"Why would a vegan want it Chicken flavored?"
The seasoning isn't the TASTE OF chickens flesh it is simply
a common seasoning blend that has been used in cooking chicken
flesh over the ages.
Same with Bacon flavoring: It is a combo of spices you remember.
A combination used over the years to make the flesh 'edible'.
Add Oil to a Vegan Chicken Soup and some people
will swear it is real animal.
No, it is the FAT that they remember.
Our Super Noodle Soup was like that and I once stood
and tried to convince a man it was absolutely 100% vegan.
He asked for 2 large containers to take home!

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