We had a weekend away in the country with a big group of friends recently and night two of our communal dining schedule was Pie Night. A few of us brought pre-prepared fillings and baked up a plethora of pies to feed the masses. Our contribution was a vegan cheesy broccoli pie from the Smith & Deli cookbook. It was wonderful, providing a nice burst of greens to offset the shepherd's and mushroom pies that others prepared. The cheesy sauce is pretty horrifying from a nutritional perspective, but it's goddamn delicious - gooey and a bit rich and the perfect pal for the broccoli. Highly recommended.
Cheesy broccoli pies
(from Smith & Deli-cious by Mo Wyse & Shannon Martinez)
2 large broccoli heads, chopped
90g vegan margarine
1/3 cup olive oil
1 leek, white and light green parts, sliced finely
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup plain flour
1 cup veggie stock
1 cup soy milk
1 1/2 cups grated vegan cheese (we used mostly Bio Cheese)
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme
salt and pepper
Blanch the broccoli in a large pot of boiling water. Drain and set aside.
Heat the margarine and olive oil in a large saucepan and fry the leek until soft. Add garlic and cook for another minute before whisking through the flour and cooking for another couple of minutes.
Slowly add in the stock and soy milk, whisking to smoothness along the way. Stir through the cheese, nutritional yeast, Dijon, parsley and thyme and cook until the cheese has melted, 5 minutes or so.
Add salt and pepper to the sauce to taste and then stir the broccoli back in. Cook for another 5 minutes and then leave to cool.
That's your filling - we wrapped halved Borg's puff pastry sheets into little squares around a few tablespoons of filling and baked until the pastry went golden (about 25 minutes). Spectacular.