Thursday, 8 March 2018

Vegetarian Meat & Potato Pies

Made with hot water crust pastry, these vegetarian meat & potato pies are pure comfort food.  They make a delicious, yet humble, meal served with a few vegetables.  

How to make a Vegetarian version of Meat & Potato Pies

With British Pie Week in full swing here in the UK, it would be remiss of me not to share a pie recipe here in Only Crumbs Remain.

In fact, to throw the cat amongst the pigeons, today I'm shaking things up a little by sharing a savoury pie recipe rather than a dessert which is usually the norm!  As they say a change is as good as a rest, but if you fancy a dessert pie, or tart, as well how about checking out our Blackberry & Pear Lattice Crust Pie, this classic Pear and Almond Tart with its delicious frangipane filling, or even our Bilberry & Custard Crumble Tart, which would be just as delicious made with blueberries instead.

Blackberry & Pear Lattice Crust Pie Pear and Almond Tart Bilberry & Custard Crumble Tart

Coming back to our Vegetarian version of Meat & Potato pie.

Vegetarian hot water crust pies

These individual vegetarian pies made a delicious and filling evening meal for Mr E & I earlier this week served with a few peas and carrots.  It's a pretty humble sort of pie, after all there's nothing fancy about it having been filled with a simple mixture of quorn mince and diced potatoes, but what it lacks in pizazz it makes up for in comfort.  And with the sort of weather we've been having of late comforting food is what we often need!

Hot Water Crust Pastry.  


The pastry used for these meat-free pies is a hot water crust pastry, which is incredibly robust and easy to use as well as being very unlikely to give you the soggy bottom that we all dread!

Hot water crust pastry is quite unique and completely different to most other pastries, whether that's a short crust, puff pastry, or a sweet pastry which all call for the fat to be chilled and the pastry to be handled with care, usually by people with naturally cool hands.  Hot water crust pastry, as the name suggests, is made with hot (in fact boiling) water and so even those with warm hands, just like Mr E, would find this pastry a doddle to work with.  It really is very forgiving and a beautiful smooth dough to handle and manipulate.

Vegetarian Hot Water Crust Pastry

Although the pastry dough does need to be shaped straight away, it requires little if any rolling out as the hand and thumb is used to 'hand raise' the pie shell.  Traditionally hot water crust pastry is baked without a pie tin, having been shaped around the outside of a wooden dolly, but our vegetarian savoury pie recipe is a lot easier to make with the pastry raised up the inside of a dariole mould and baked in the mould too!      

Most hot water crust pastry isn't suitable for vegetarians due to the addition of lard, but by substituting the animal fat for a baking block, or even Trex, you'll still have a great robust pastry perfect for your vegetarian savoury pies, like our Vegetarian Pork Pies, as well as the recipe I'm sharing today.

Vegetarian Pork Pie

So, here's how to make Vegetarian Meat & Potato Pies with a hot water crust pastry case.

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Vegetarian Meat & Potato Pies
Made with hot water crust pastry, these vegetarian meat & potato pies are pure comfort food.  They make a delicious, yet humble, meal served with a few vegetables.  

Prep time: Cook time:     Yield: 4 individual pies

Specific Equipment 
    4 Dariole Moulds - ours hold 160ml / 6 fl oz 
    Round Cookie Cutter (ours was 78mm diameter) (see note a below)
For the Hot Water Crust Pastry 
  • 165g Plain Flour
  • 33g Strong White Bread Flour
  • small pinch of Salt
  • 41g Butter, unsalted & chilled
  • 50g Trex / Baking Block, cubed
  • 83ml Boiling Water
For the Vegetarian Meat & Potato Filling
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil / Sun Flower Oil
  • 1/2 - 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 150g Quorn Mince
  • 1 Vegetable Oxo Cube
  • 2 tsp Vegetable Gravy Granuals
  • 1/2 L Boiling Water
  • 1 tbsp HP Sauce
  • Seasoning
  • 2 (about 200g prepared weight) Potatoes, peeled, diced into approximately 1cm cubes
  • 2 tsp (heaped) Corn Flour (optional)
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten, to glaze

1. Prepare the greaseproof paper. Cut 4 long strips of greaseproof paper about 5mm wide. Cut each strip in half and position two in each dariole mould so that they cross in the base of the dariole mould and come up the sides and beyond the lip of the dariole mould. This will help remove the pies if necessary.2. Make the hot water crust pastry. Place the two flours, salt and butter into a large bowl. Dice the butter. Rub the butter into the flour between your thumb and finger tips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Place the boiled water into a pan. Add the cubed Trex / baking block. Set over a low heat on the hob to allow the fat to melt. Make a well in the breadcrumb mixture and pour the melted fat and water mixture in. Use a knife to cut through the mixture (it's hot) to create a dough. Once the mixture starts coming together use your hand to knead the dough for a minute or so until smooth.3. Divide the pastry. Divide the pastry into 5 roughly equal pieces (1 will be for the lids). Place one piece onto a lightly floured work surface and cover the other 4 with clingfilm to keep them warm.4. Line the dariole moulds. Partially roll out the piece of hot water crust pastry until you have a thick disc (either with a rolling pin or simply by flattening it to a disc with your hand). Ease it into the mould. Use your thumbs to ease the pastry up the sides of the mould, turning the dariole mould as you do so. Bring the pastry up the side of the dariole mould until it is slightly above the lip of the container. Aim to ensure the pastry is roughly the same thickness all over. Patch the pastry if it breaks. Place into the fridge to chill. Repeat with the remaining 3 dariole moulds.5. Shape the pastry lids. Roll out the final piece of pastry on a lightly floured work surface. Use a plain cookie cutter to cut 4 discs from the pastry. Place the 'lids' onto a baking tray or large plate. Place in the fridge to chill.6. Start to make the filling. Place a little oil into a large pan or wok, set it over a gentle flame. Add the chopped onions. Allow it to cook, without colouring, for about 5 minutes until translucent. Stir frequently. 7. Make the 'gravy'. Crumble the oxo into a heat proof jug. Add the vegetable gravy granules. Pour in 1/2 ltr (1 pint) of boiling water. Stir to mix.8. Add the quorn. Add the quorn mince to the onions. Mix briefly. Pour over the 'gravy'. Stir. Allow the quorn mixture to cook down slowly on a low to medium heat. 9. Meanwhile, prepare the potatoes. Place the peeled & cubed potatoes into a pan. Cover with water and place on the hob over a medium heat. Allow the water to come to the boil, turn the heat down and cook gently until the potatoes are almost cooked but still with a slight resistance. Strain the potatoes and add to the quorn mixture.  Stir to combine.  Add the HP sauce and mix again.  Taste and season with a pinch of salt as required.10. Thicken the gravy, (optional). By this point the quorn gravy will have reduced and will have thickened slightly. To make it a little thicker place the cornflour into a cup. Add a small amount of water. Stir to make a smooth paste. Add to the quorn mixture whilst stirring. The mixture will thicken fairly quickly. If it feels a little too thick for your preference add water (a little at a time) until it is how you like it. 11. Cool. Pour the quorn & potato mixture into a wide bowl (such as a pasta bowl) and set aside to cool completely.12. Pre-heat the oven to 200c / Fan 190c / Gas 6. Place a baking tray, large enough to hold the 4 pies, into the centre of the oven.13. Fill the pastry cases. Remove the chilled pastry moulds from the fridge. Carefully fill the pies with the cold filling aiming not to leave any large air pockets. Avoid over filling the pies.14. Afix the lids. Use a sharp knife to cut a small hole in the top of the lids to act as a steam hole. Place the lids on top of the pies and carefully seal them by crimping the pastry with your thumb and two forefingers. 15. Glaze the pastry lids. Using a pastry brush, paint the pastry lids with some of the beaten egg. Try not to get any egg on to the moulds, as this may 'glue' the pies to the mould & prevent them from turning out successfully.16. Bake. Place the dariole moulds on to the hot baking tray. Place into the centre of the oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Rotate the tray after 30 minutes.17. Remove from the oven. Once the pies are cooked through and the pastry is golden brown remove them from the oven. Place on a cooling tray. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Tip the moulds to remove the pies, use the greaseproof paper 'handles' if needed. 18. Enjoy served with vegetables of your choice.
Notes: a) The cookie cutter needs to be roughly the same size as the top of your dariole moulds.  If you don't have a suitable plain round cookie cutter make a paper circle by drawing around the dariole mould onto some greaseproof paper and cut out.  Cut the pastry lids out by cutting around the circle template with a small sharp knife.






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How to make a meat-free meat and potato pie with a vegetarian hotwater crust pastry.  They're a humble savoury pie perfect for serving with a few vegetables.

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  1. These pies look wonderful Angela! I will have to try quorn mince as it looks delicious and I keep seeing quorn recipes and being tempted to try it. I love how crispy the pastry is. Thanks so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

    1. Thankyou Corina :-) Hubby & I use quorn a couple of times a week and really enjoy it.
      Angela x

  2. These look so incredibly cute and delicious. They look absolutely perfect x

  3. They look so good! I'd happily be a guest at your dinner table if these are on offer!

  4. Oh they look lovely! I do so love Quorn...and it's perfect for a pie filling!! Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare Eb x

    1. Thankyou Eb, we love Quorn too and probably include it in our weekly meal plan a couple of times a week - it's so tasty and useful.
      Angela x

  5. This looks scrumptious, Angela, potato pie is one of the best comfort foods, and your mini pies look smart and I am sure taste great. By the way, I recommended your blog to a friend of mine who lives in the US, has a vegan husband, is vegetarian herself and loves baking! And I've pinned your recipe:)

    1. It certainly is comfort food isn't it Monika, and what we've needed these past few chilly weeks!
      Aww that's so lovely of you, thankyou so much :-)
      Angela x

  6. These Mini Pies are so pretty and fancy to serve to guests at a dinner table! And the dough sounds pretty forgiving too..These would be so comforting on a cold or rainy day!!

    1. Aw thankyou Deepika. Hot water crust pastry is amazingly forgiving - it's so lovely to work with not to mention how yummy it is!
      Angela x

  7. Thank you so much for this recipe. Made it tonight for hubby and me and it was a real success. I haven't made this hot water crust pastry before but it was really easy and straightforward to make. I'll definitely be making them again.

    1. That's so good to hear Liane, I'm so happy that it was a success and that you'll be making it again :-D Thankyou so much for the feedback, Angela x

  8. Can I come for dinner please? These look so tempting and warming! x


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