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gluten free pot pie

A savoury and hearty vegan twist on an old classic, made with a flakey gluten free pie crust.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

filling

  • 2 tsp oil of choice for sautéing
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli chopped
  • 1 cup carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups russet potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

gluten free pie crust

  • 1/2 cup + 2-3 tbsp solid coconut oil (placed in the fridge beforehand to harden (~10 minutes))
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 tsp psyllium husks
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
  • 4 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 12-14 tbsp ice cold water

Instructions

filling

  • Begin by preparing the filling. Finely chop all of the veggies, peeling the carrots and the potatoes beforehand.
  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat and add the onion and the garlic. Saute until browned. Next, add the remaining veggies and cook for a few minutes.
  • Pour the red wine into the pot and let simmer. Add the salt, pepper and thyme. Stir thoroughly. Next, stir in the 3 tablespoons of flour to the filling mixture. Add the almond milk and vegetable broth at the same time and stir to combine.
  • Bring the mixture to a slight boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover the pot with a lid and let it cook for roughly 20 minutes (until the potatoes are soft). Set aside as you prepare your dough.

dough

  • Place a bowl of cold water, with ice in your fridge. Place roughly 10 tablespoons (1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons) of coconut oil in the fridge to harden.
  • Preheat your oven to 400ºF. Lightly grease a 9" round tart pan. Combine all of the dry ingredients together (all except the coconut oil and water).
  • Next, add the coconut oil using a pastry cutter. If you don't have a pastry cutter, use a fork or your hands. I started with the pastry cutter and then found my hands worked best anyways. Continue to work the mixture until the mixture is a crumbly texture, it doesn't stick together but it is thicker than a flour texture.
  • Begin to add your ice-cold water. Start with 6 tablespoons and then add 1 tablespoon at a time after that. I needed way more water than I originally thought. The batter should hold form and be more on the sticky side than the dry side.
  • Divide the dough into two round shapes. One part for the bottom crust layer and one part for the top. My dough weighed 500g. So 300g was for the bottom and I kept 200g for the top. Place in the fridge for roughly 10 minutes.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and start rolling out the base of your pot pie with a rolling pin. I used a piece of parchment paper and a pencil to draw out the desired circular size beforehand. Then I dusted the parchment paper and the rolling pin with brown rice flour and began to shape the base.
  • If the dough is crumbling as you are trying to roll it out, scoop it back up into the bowl, add 1 tablespoon of ice-cold water at a time, use your hands or a wooden spoon to incorporate until the dough is more on the sticky side. The dough may still be "touchy" but it shouldn't just crumble on you, it should hold together.
  • Once the base is rolled out to your desired size, place your pan upside down on the rolled out dough, then pick up the parchment paper from the underside, and carefully flip it over then the rolled out dough will land in the pan.
  • Using a fork, pork holes in the base (as seen in the picture above). Roll out the top crust next. Fill the base with the warmed filling.
  • Place the last piece of rolled out pastry on top. Using your fingers or a fork, press the crust down on the outer edges. Slice a few holes or slits in the top of the pie. Option, to brush a little bit of almond milk on top of the pie to help it get more of a golden brown look.

baking time

  • Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes (top should look somewhat golden). Let the pie cool slightly, then enjoy. I top mine with ketchup (is that weird?) Great for leftovers, just store in a sealed container and reheat (if you want) before enjoying.

Notes

  • If you don't want to make your own dough (time-wise) I'm sure a store-bought crust will work well.
  • If you don't want to cover the top with pastry, keep the filling recipe as is, but half the dough recipe, and bake it for 30-35 minutes at 400ºF.
  • the pastry recipe below is loosely based on this recipe.