This Vegetarian Pot Pie is an easy Sunday night dinner that just hits the spot on a cold winter’s day. It’s filled with roasted root vegetables, flavored with Garam Masala spice, creamy coconut milk and fresh sage.
It’s a wonderful combination of flavors that’s pure comfort food and provides an unexpected twist on a cold-weather classic!
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STEP#1: Prep the Root Vegetables
For this recipe you’ll use a combination of sweet potatoes, fennel and parsnips. All these vegetables have a wonderful sweetness to them that is pronounced even more when roasted.
Cut the parsnips and sweet potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Cut the fennel into thin half-moons.
Tip: If you can’t find parsnips you could replace them for carrots.
STEP#2: Toss with Olive Oil and Spice
Place your vegetables in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and garam masala spice blend. If you have never tried garam masala you are in for a treat! It’s a wonderfully, warming spice that pairs so well with roasted root vegetables.
What’s a Good Substitute for Garam Masala?
If you can’t find garam masala you can mix together a spice blend that’s pretty similar in effect. You’ll mix 1 part cumin and 1/4 part allspice.
For this recipe I would recommend 1/2 tsp of cumin and 1/8 of a tsp of allspice.
STEP#3: Roast Vegetables
After roasting at 450F(225C) for 20 minutes, your vegetables should be soft and tender and slightly golden brown.
STEP#4: Combine Veggies and Coconut Milk
Caramelize the frozen pearl onions in olive oil in a dutch oven.
Add the full-fat coconut milk (for ultimate creaminess) and your roasted root veggies.
Then add some fresh kale for extra protein, texture and color.
Tip: Do not overcook the kale or it will get too wilted once the pie is baked. Just combine it with the other ingredients, mixing well to make sure it’s covered in the coconut milk.
STEP#5: Cover with Pastry and Bake
Transfer your mixture into your pie plate or baking dish and cover and seal the puff pastry. I really love this style of pie plate for this recipe. It’s low and shallow and has really beautiful fluted edges (this link goes to Amazon where I am compensated on products sold at no cost to the consumer)
It would be great for a summer crumble too!
To make this recipe vegan just use a vegan approved puff pastry brand.
Once the dough is sealed, place your pie in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden the puff pastry. This will allow the pastry to puff up better!
Pre-heat your oven to 400F (200C). Your pie can stay in the freezer while your oven heats up.
Remove the pie from the freezer and brush it with a beaten egg and then top with fresh sage leaves and a sprinkle of sea salt.
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- 2 ¾ cup (410g) sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 ½ cups (225g) fennel bulb, sliced into thin half moons
- ¾ cup (110) parsnips, cut into small chunks
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil, separated
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- ½ tsp (2.5ml) Garam Masala spice blend
- 1 cup (150g) frozen pearl onions
- 1 15-ounce can (396ml) of “Full Fat” coconut milk (not light coconut milk)
- 1 ¼ cup (300ml) fresh kale, torn into bite-sized pieces
- 1 sheet puff pastry (Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry is approved as a Vegan Product)
- 1 egg, beaten (OK to omit for vegan option)
- 1 tsp (5ml) fresh sage, chopped and 3-8 Fresh Sage leaves for garnish
- Sea salt
Preheat oven to 450F (225C).
Place the sweet potatoes, fennel, parsnips, 1 tbsp. of olive oil, salt and pepper, and garam masala in a large bowl. Toss to combine.
Transfer vegetables to a large rimmed-lined baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes. At this stage, they will not be fully cooked, they will continue to soften in the oven when baked in the pot pie.
Heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add frozen pearl onions, cook until onions are golden brown and cooked through. Add coconut milk and simmer until warmed through and all coconut oil is melted.
Add in the roasted vegetables, kale and 1 tsp of chopped sage.
Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
Transfer vegetable mixture to a 9-inch (23cm) pie plate or baking dish. Top with a sheet of cold puff pastry. Seal the sides of pastry to the pie plate. Trim edges to avoid too much overhang. Pop in freezer for 15 minutes in order for pastry to become very cold.
Brush pastry with beaten egg, place safe leaves decoratively on pastry. Sprinkle sea salt in the center.
Bake at 400F (200c) for 20 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and puffed up. Serve immediately.
You can substitute Garam Masala spice for 1/2 tsp of cumin and 1/8 tsp of allspice
If you can't find parsnips carrots can be used instead
Be sure to look for "Full Fat" coconut milk (not light coconut milk) since you'll need the thickness in order for the pie interiors to not be too runny