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Chicken pot pie was one of my favorite autumn dishes as a child. As I grew older and made people who were vegetarian and vegan, I tried adapting some of my usual dishes to accommodate my friends. Hence, this vegan pot pie recipe! I’ve included instructions for a vegan puff pastry dough because I’m not sure how easy it is to find in stores. If you do know where to get vegan pastry dough though, feel free to use that instead and save time. If you choose to make the dough yourself, keep in mind that it is a process that requires several hours, so make sure to get started earlier.
For the puff pastry:
- 1 stick + 2 tbsp frozen plant butter
- 2 cups flour
- ¾ tsp salt
- 3 tbsp softened plant butter stick
For the pot pie:
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion
- 5 garlic cloves
- 2 russet potatoes
- 2 tsp dry sage
- ¼ tsp dry rosemary
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/3 cup flour
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup plain soy milk
- 3 cups frozen vegetable medley
- 1/2 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground pepper
For the puff pastry:
- Use a large cheese grater to shred the frozen butter. Alternatively, you can slice the frozen butter super thinly. Place the shredded/sliced butter in a bowl back in the freezer during the next steps.
- In a large, clean bowl, mix together the flour and salt with a whisk. Add the 3 tbsp of soft butter and mix with a strong whisk or fork until it is all mixed and looks like crumbs.
- Slowly add ½ cup and 1 tbsp of room-temperature water to the flour while stirring continuously. Stirring with a whisk here will be difficult, so use a wooden spoon, spatula, or your hands.
- Keep mixing the dough until it is all incorporated and sticks together. This may take a little while, but just keep going. If necessary, you can add a bit more water, but as a last resort.
- Flour a clean surface and dump the dough onto it. Knead with your hands until the dough is soft and there are no lumps. This will take about 5 minutes.
- Shape the dough into a ball and put it in a bowl with a lid. Put it in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, flour a clean surface (or use the previously floured area) and roll the dough to about ¼ inch thick. Try to roll it into an even rectangle if possible.
- Get the butter from the freezer and spread half of it across the middle of the dough, leaving a few inches on two opposing edges. Put the rest of the butter back into the freezer.
- Fold the edges of the dough over the butter so that the dough edges overlap. Turn the dough so the seam is vertical to you and roll out again to the same shape as before.
- Add the rest of the butter in the same way and fold again in the same way. Turn and roll out, then simply fold again.
- Put the dough on a baking tray and cover before placing it in the fridge to rest for at least an hour. You can repeat the rolling and folding method after an hour 2-4 more times.
- Before you roll the dough out to be shaped, let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
For the pot pie:
- Preheat your oven to 400F and grease a 9-inch circular baking dish with plant butter or cooking spray.
- Chop the onion and mince the garlic. Wash the potatoes (peeling is optional) and chop into small chunks. Mince the sage, rosemary, and thyme. Set aside.
- Cut the pastry puff in half. Put one half back in the fridge and roll the other half out to line the inside of the baking dish. Press it down and up against the sides of the dish before trimming off the extra. Put the pan in the fridge until you are ready to use.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Toss in the onions and garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
- Add the flour, veggie broth, and soy milk. Whisk gently until combined before mixing in the frozen veggies, potato, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce begins to thicken.
- Pour the veggies and sauce into the prepared pan. Use the other half of pastry dough from the fridge to create the top. Roll it out and shape it over the filling. Trim the excess and press the edges together with a fork. Slice a few slits in the top.
- Put the pie in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let cool for a little, then serve and enjoy!
As always, substitutions can be made. You can change out any of the frozen veggies for any other veggies. You can also use fresh veggies, it would just take more prep time. You could also mix frozen and fresh veggies! I like to use a mix of frozen peas, corn, and carrots along with fresh mushrooms and anything that might be in season.
If you want some protein in this dish, you can also add tofu. It’s best if you prepare and bake the tofu separately before adding so it holds its shape a little.
Notes & Tips
You can make the puff pastry several days in advance if you want, just leave it covered in the fridge until you’re ready.
This can be stored covered in the fridge for five days. Reheat in the microwave before serving and you’re good to go.
If you want something to serve along side your pot pie, why not some yummy green beans? More veggies means more deliciousness.