Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Lentil and Mushroom Pie

Lentils are the kind of food which could almost convince me to become vegetarian.  They are a great source of folate but also filling and substantial.  Paired with mushrooms, it is the taste of delicious autumnal earthy flavours.

I've used a butter pastry on the top but if you are vegan, substitute the butter for dairy free margarine.

I've frozen one of these raw and will let you know how it reheats!

Lentil and Mushroom Pie

Lentil and Mushroom Pie - Makes 2

Ingredients

Note please use gram or ounce measurements, they're not exactly the same.

75g, 3oz Green lentils
1/2 onion
1 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic
100g, 4oz Mushrooms
1 vegetarian stock cube
A couple of sprigs thyme
A couple of sprigs parsley
1 tsp cornflour (cornstarch)
A large splash of brandy

For the pastry
50g, 2oz plain (all purpose) flour
10g, 1/2oz cornflour (cornstarch)
40g, 1 and 1/2oz butter or dairy free margarine

Milk for brushing (optional)

Method

Boil the lentils in water for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to a simmer and simmer until cooked.  Be aware some packs recommend cooking for ages but they're often cooked in only 30 minutes in total. Just check and stop when cooked.  



In the meantime, finely chop the onion and fry in the oil until softening.  Finely chop the mushrooms and add to the onion.  Add in the garlic and sweat down then add a splash of brandy and crumble in the stock cube.

When the lentils are cooked, drain them reserving some of the liquid.  Add the lentils with a tbsp of the cooking liquid.  Mix the cornflour with some water then mix into the lentils and bubble until thickened, add in the chopped thyme and parsley.  Add a bit more liquid if you want more 'gravy'.

Pour into two individual pie dishes or ramekins and allow to cool.

Sorry, this is a bit of labour of love isn't it?  But you can always make the first part ahead.

When ready to progress, blend the flours with the butter in a food processor (or rub together in a bowl).  Add in enough cold water to bring together (it's always less than you think).

Kneed lightly, then roll out and top the filling.  Add a little vent hole and top with any decoration.  Brush with milk if using then bake in an oven at 180oC, 350F, Gas Mark 5 for approx 30 minutes or until the pastry is browned and crisp.

Vegan Pie


Serve with green vegetables.

Eating pie

What's great about using some cornflour in the pastry as, even when you don't use lard (which is traditionally used to make pastry 'short' textured and crumbly) it makes it deliciously fragile and melt in the mouth.  This is because it reduces the amount of gluten in the pastry so you can enjoy this crumbly pastry even if you're vegetarian or vegan.

You can substitute the white flour for some or all brown flour if liked but it will give a slightly different result.


I've also linked up to the Credit Crunch Munch hosted this month by My Little Italian Kitchen but run by Fuss Free Flavours and Fab Food For All.

14 comments:

  1. Sounds absolutely delightful! I must try this recipe for sure! Thank you for sharing it with us! Stopping by via the #WeekendBlogHop.

    xx
    Lysa

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    1. Thank you! Although I'm not a veggie, I like eating meals without meat sometimes and I feel that veggies miss out on all the lovely stews and pies at this time of year. This though was a revelation and very tasty.

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    2. I am with you there as I am not a vegetarian either but at times almost crave a meal without meet in it especially this time of year for some odd reason. Your revelation has made it onto my grocery list for today! ( ;

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    3. Thank you! I hope you enjoy. Green lentils are always fab in my book.

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  2. I love the idea of a good vegetarian pie. I am not a vegetarian but I find that often meat-free meals can be far more tasty than meat ones. I love lentils and I cook them quite often. Thank you for your recipe, it is very inspiring!
    Thanks for entering to CreditCrunchMunch :-)

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    1. Thank you, it was something that had been bubbling away in my mind for a while (if you excuse the pun).

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  3. I'm very into my vegetarian food too and this pie looks fabulous, can never have too many lentils:-) Thank you for entering #CreditCrunchMunch:-)

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    1. Thank you! I'm down with the lentils although I also love green lentils with garlicky sausages. :-)

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  4. Hi Heidi,
    These charming lentil and mushroom pies would be perfect for me to make for Thanksgiving! I love them!Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! I sincerely appreciate it. I am pinning and sharing this awesome recipe!

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    1. Aw thank you! Enjoy Thanksgiving!

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  5. I love this pie, and share the lentil love!

    Thank you for sending to Credit Crunch Munch

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  6. Good Afternoon Heidi. I love lentils.... all colours. I have made many things with lentils but never a lentil and mushroom pie... I just know this will be a fabulous Autumnal meal and one I am looking forward to making it.
    I popped over to visit you from Carole's Chatter.
    Best Wishes to you.
    Daphne

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