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"Chicken" Pot Pie

Posted Oct 02 2008 4:13pm

As you might have guessed, it was another seitan meal tonight as we work through the batch I made on the weekend. But, chickpeas are also very good in this pot pie.

FOR THE CRUST:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening
- 5-6 tbsp ice cold water

1. Mix together flour and salt in a large bowl.
2. Cut in shortening with two knives, or pastry cutter.
3. Stir in enough water with a fork for the pastry to come together in a ball.
4. Roll out on a floured surface in a shape that fits your baking dish.

FOR THE FILLING:
- 1 tbsp oil
- one onion, diced
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 cups of cubed seitan (or one can of chickpeas, rinsed)
- water
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1-2 tbsp flour or cornstarch
- 2+ tbsp vegan "chicken" broth powder

METHOD:
1. Saute onion and celery in a saucepan. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Add carrots and potatoes, and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer until veggies are soft (15-20 mins).
3. Add seitan (or chickpeas), corn, and peas.
4. Mix flour or cornstarch in a few tbsp of water and add to veggie mix. Cook until mixture thickens. Add more if still too thin. Add broth powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
5. Pour into glass or Corningware dish (9x13 or so). Roll out crust while mixture cools. Put crust on top of veggie mixture, and cut a few slits in the crust to allow steam to escape. Bake for 40-60 minutes, until crust browns.

VERDICT:
The kids loved and asked for seconds. Mmmmm . . . comfort food.

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