These stout and vegetable pies are as cute as they are delicious!
Picture it. Buttery, flaky, piping hot, savory pie crust. Baked on top of the most delicious vegetables that have been simmered in stout beer. These mini vegan savory stout and vegetable pies will warm you right up! This very simple pie crust takes just a few minutes to make. Then you can chill it while making the filling. The filling is even easier than the crust. Just sauteed veggies that are then simmered in broth and beer! One bite of pie crust and filling, and you will be hooked.
These hearty little pies are perfect for entertaining or as the main dish for the holidays. This recipe makes about 4 individual pies(depending on the size of the baking dishes, you may get 5-6). I love giving everyone their own little stout and vegetable pie!
The vegan pie crust for this recipe is a really great simple one that can be used for anything. It is a great base to add different herbs and spices to, or just use as a plain basic pie crust for a sweet pie. Obviously it is wonderful used for a savory dish like this, and is a great one to have memorized to use for other savory dishes. Like pot pies and such!
The filling is actually quite delicious all on it’s own, and if I’m feeling lazy, I like to add extra stout and broth and turn it into a stew. So, that is a great option for when you don’t feel like making the crust. However, I will say, I do love a flaky pastry on top of pretty much anything! These vegan savory stout and vegetable pies will make you excited for the cooler weather. These pies are most appropriate when eaten with a comfy sweater on!
Buttery vegan crust over hearty, delicious veggies braised in beer. Baked until golden brown.
- 2 1/2 Cups All purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 3/4 Cup Vegan butter, I used Earth Balance(cold)
- 1/2 Cup Ice cold water
- Vegetable oil to brush tops of the crust
- 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
- 4 Cloves Garlic, chopped fine
- 1/2 Cup Chopped yellow onion
- 2 Large Yukon gold potatoes, diced
- 2 Large Carrots, chopped
- 4 Ounces Shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 10 Ounces Baby bella mushrooms, chopped
- 10 Ounces Button mushrooms, chopped
- 6 Ounces Portobello mushrooms, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Tomato paste
- 1 Cup Stout beer, vegan( I used Sierra Nevada Stout)
- 1 Cup Vegetable broth
- 1 Tablespoon Soy sauce or Tamari
- 1 Sprig Fresh Thyme
- 1 Sprig Fresh Rosemary
- 2 teaspoons Corn starch
- 2 teaspoons Water
- Salt and pepper to taste
Make the pie crust first. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl, then pour in the salt and stir to combine.
Then break the cold vegan butter up into small pieces and drop them all over the flour. Using your fingers or a fork, press and pinch the butter until it is evenly distributed in the flour and the flour resembles sand or dirt texture.
Now, pour the ice cold water into the bowl, a little at a time, stirring until it gets too hard to stir, then begin to knead with your hands until you form a nice smooth ball. Cover the pie dough and place in the fridge while you make the filling.
Heat the olive oil on medium high in a large pot. Then add the garlic and onion. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until the onion starts to become translucent.
Then add the potatoes and carrots to the pot. Season with a few pinches of salt and pepper. Saute for about 10 minutes to start softening the potatoes.
Next, add all of the mushrooms. Toss with the other veggies and continue to saute for about 10 more minutes. The mushrooms should release their liquid and begin to brown. Season with another pinch of salt and pepper.
Add the tomato paste and stir to coat the veggies with the paste.
Now, pour the beer into the pot and scrap any brown bits that are stuck to the bottom.
Add the vegetable broth, soy sauce, thyme, rosemary and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Stir and reduce heat to medium low, simmer for 5-7 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
In a small bowl, whisk the corn starch and water together, and then add that to the pot. Stir to combine and simmer the filling for another 2-3 minutes or until it thickens slightly.
Remove the sprig of thyme and rosemary, then taste and adjust seasonings. Remove from heat.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees(F).
Take the pie crust out of the fridge, if it it too firm to roll out, let it sit on the counter for a few minutes while the oven preheats to soften it a bit.
Take 4 medium sized ramekins or small baking dishes, and divided the stout and vegetable filling evenly into the dishes.
Then roll out the pie crust on a floured surface, roll it to about an 1/8 inch thick. Then cut 4 circles out that are slightly larger than the baking dishes.
Place each circle over the filling in the baking dishes and press the crust down around the sides of the dish to seal it. Pierce the top of the crust with a knife a few times to let out the steam. Then brush the tops of the crusts with the oil.
Place all the dishes on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and baked through. Serve!