This cookbook is a great reminder that we don't need fancy ingredients to make delicious and wholesome vegan food. In fact, one might argue that the recipes in this cookbook make even more wholesome food because they do NOT rely on fancy ingredients. (This is a conversation for another day.) In the cookbook is a recipe for a tofu pot pie. Although I don't really follow any of their directions (or even use most of the same ingredients), it prompted me to attempt to make a tofu pot pie. In my pot pie, I do use the gravy recipe from this cookbook, which is absolutely delicious and totally makes the pie!
A word of warning: this is NOT a fast recipe. It's easy, yes, but it takes a while and uses a number of pots and pans. However, it's very much worth it, and feeds Shana and I for three meals.
Maggie's Tofu Pot Pie
Ingredients for Pie/Filling
2 premade pie crusts (refrigerated or frozen) or make your own
1 brick extra firm tofu, cut in to bite-size pieces
2 small onions, chopped
2 medium to large red potatoes, in one inch pieces
2-3 med. carrots, chopped
3/4 c. (or more) frozen peas
Ingredients for "Golden Gravy"
1/2 c. nutritional yeast
1/4 c. all purpose flour
1/3 c. canola oil
1 3/4 c. water
2-3 T. soy sauce
3/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper (or to taste)
Directions for Pie/Filling
2. Saute onions in a little bit of oil over medium-high heat (you want them to brown just a bit).
3. In a pot of water, boil potatoes and carrots. When they are almost soft, add the frozen peas to the boiling water. When veggies are done, drain.
3. While the veggies are cooking, fry the tofu so that it is brown on at least two sides (I use a non stick electric griddle for this - think pancakes).
4. Combine all of the above ingredients in a large bowl.
Directions for Gravy
1. Also while the veggies are cooking, add the nutritional yeast and flour to a pan and toast until you can smell them.
2. Add the oil and stir while it bubbles. This should turn a rich brown.
3. Add the other ingredients and stir with a whisk until it turns into a gravy consistency.
1. Pour sauce over veggies/tofu, then pour into pre-baked crust.
2. Top with other crust, slightly crimp edges.
3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until top crust is golden.
4. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving (10-15 is better, if possible).
- If you do not have a saucier, you should get one if you make gravies or sauces with any regularity. The sloping sides are so helpful.
- I use pre-made pie shells to save on time. The vegan ones (be careful, a lot of pre-made ones include lard) I use are already in "pie shape." To make my life easier, I leave the top shell out on the counter while I am prepping all the other ingredients. When I first take it out of the freezer, I immediately run my warm hands over the pie plate and then remove the pie plate from the frozen crust.