I took on a challenge (or request) from my sister to make a yummy veggie pot pie because one of her favourite dishes growing up was chicken pot pie. In this version, I’ve made it gluten-free, and vegan and I would say it turned out pretty darn mouthwatering! This gluten free pot pie sure takes the cake (or pie). It really hits home with it’s warming flavours and savoury goodness.
I asked my sister a few months back, what recipe she would like me to re-create that she loved from our childhood. Without a moment’s hesitation, she said, “chicken pot pie”. Then after a recent visit with Papa Browne (my dad), he himself (a meat-eater) said it wasn’t even the chicken that makes the chicken pot pie, it’s the broth (some options here and here). Which made me believe a vegan gluten free pot pie was attainable. So he re-inspired me to go back to the drawing board and figure out a way to make a pot pie recipe that’s friendly for everyone.
how to make the gluten free pie crust
The dough, being gluten-free, is a little
I dive deeper into the specifics for the gluten free crust in the directions but although the dough will be delicate, it should be crumbling as your roll it out. If that is the case you will need to pop it back in your bowl and add a little more ice water to it. And a little FYI, if you don’t feel like rolling out two doughs (one for the top and one for the base) you can make it an open-faced pot pie (like a tart with no crust on the top). That is how I first tested the recipe and it was heaven- so good! So lots of options, and some shortcuts if you really aren’t into spending too much time in the kitchen.
the perfect easy vegan comfort food
Who doesn’t love a good flakey pie crust that melts in your mouth? But instead of being filled with all things sugar, it’s filled with hearty vegetables and loaded with flavours of thyme and garlic. I don’t know about you but my mouth is truly watering as I write that. On cold, snowy, dark winter days I crave cozy meals. And this pot pie is exactly what I look for in easy vegan comfort food. The bonus is that it is actually healthy and loaded with all clean ingredients that make up the pie. As Papa Browne believes, the secret is in the broth. I recommended a few store-bought ones up above. Or you could be a badass and try The First Mess’ veggie stock recipe. I see her making it on Instagram all the time and it just looks like heaven. Full disclosure, I haven’t tried it in this recipe but I bet it would be amazing.
here are a few reasons why I love this gluten free pot pie, so listen up!
- This pot pie recipe is a total win when it comes to healthy vegan comfort food. It is just what my body craves on a cold snowy, Canadian winter day. It’s hearty, filling and loaded with winter veg to keep you moving towards spring.
- There are lots of shortcuts you can take with this vegan pot pie recipe. Buy a pre-made crust from the store, or leave the top crust off when you make it from scratch. You can also pre-make the filling so if you decide to have this vegan meal during the week, the hard part is already done.
- This is a family favourite. It’s Picky Husband Approved, Papa Browne Approved and my sister (who inspired me to make this version) loved it. I’d say it’s a pretty big winner. It truly is one of my favourite winter dishes. This gluten free pot pie is great as leftovers. Even if you eat it two days after it’s originally baked, it’s still loaded with amazing flavours and the texture isn’t compromised days after.
Enjoy the savoury goodness of this gluten free pot pie. It’s Picky Husband Approved and we have been enjoying it for leftovers over the last week. Secretly (but not so secretly) I like to top mine with ketchup. Adam says it is weird and gross, but I’m a Ketchup Queen so he seems like the weird one to me.