Vegetarian Concoctions

February 20, 2007

Vegetable pot? pie???

Filed under: American, Cheese, Mixed Veggies, Pie, Puff pastry and phyllo sheets — Hema @ 12:05 pm

What would you eat when hubby is not in town for a weekend and you are at home looking after your toddler? Left overs? Maggi noodles? Yeah, thats what I usually do especially since he does not travel that often. My attitude – ‘Why cook for one person?’. And then the little one keeps me busy. So, it is not like I have nothing to do.

This was one of those occasions, H was out attending a conference. (BTW, I have no idea why they need to start registration on a Saturday and have the key note speech on a Sunday. What are weekdays for?) Anyway, I was at home craving Italian and actually decided to make some pasta for myself.  But guilt pricked at the wrong time…how could I eat something he likes and then enjoy the meal? And worse still – I couldn’t believe I was thinking like my mother.  I had always made fun of her about being too sentimental over such things.

Now with the pasta plan ruled out, I was still craving something interesting. I did what was most logical under such a circumstance. Cook something that I love and hubby detests. And, that was easy – eggplants, paneer(yes, paneer! can you believe it?), molten cheese, white sauce…..I had quite a few options. I was not in the mood for Indian food. The thought of having white sauce as a base made my mouth water…that day. Right now, as I write this sentence, I am thinking paneer…yummmm:)

I always wanted to make my own vegetarian version of chicken pot pie and this was the day! I scrambled through each shelf in the refrigerator and brought out some veggies, including eggplant. Milk, butter, cheese and a pack of puff pastry sheet came out too. I did not have an oven safe circular bowl of the right size to make it look like a pot pie, but this is what I ended up doing:


Mixed veggies – eggplant, shredded carrots, onions, bell pepper, celery – about a cup

Milk – 1 cup

Shredded pepper jack cheese – 1/4 cup

Butter – 1 tbsp

Olive oil – 2 tsp

All-purpose flour – 1 tbsp

Puff pastry – 1 sheet

Salt and pepper to taste 

Start with the veggies. Add the olive oil to a pan and then the veggies. Saute for 3-4 minutes and transfer it to a bowl. In the same pan, Add the butter and once it melts the flour goes in. Roast it till the raw smell goes and then add the milk. Let this thicken up and then add the cheese, salt and pepper to the simmering white sauce. Add the veggies, give it a stir and switch off the stove.


Let this cool down and fill it into a puff pastry sheet. Poke some holes on it and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions on the puff pastry carton.


What I made was actually nothing close to the classic pot pie. The pot pie usually has a biscuit crust and I substituted it with a puff pastry sheet. There was no cream, mushroom or potatoes in it. It was something I seeked refuge in for the day but I did have a meal that was not just delicious, but utterly filling too! I loved it and now, I am waiting for my husband to attend another conference:) The next time, I would cut the quantities in half and also use the oven-safe bowl that I bought soon after.



  1. When Arvind doesn’t come home for dinner,it’s cooking free day for me and the kids eat peanut butter sandwiches!;D

    We love Pot Pies too,usually buy them but sometimes I make it with Pie crust,vegs,chicken and Poultry seasoning.Looks wonderful Hema,enjoy.

    Comment by asha — February 20, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

  2. WOW…that looks yummy Hema !! I will surely try this one out..looks really interesting and the recipe looks flexible too 🙂

    Comment by Priya — February 20, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

  3. @Asha
    Thanks. You should put up your recipe with a vegetarian alternative. That would be a good reference for me to make pot pie the right way!
    Careful with peanut butter though, with all the news about salmonella getting into the PB jars!

    yes, a very very flexible recipe indeed. Thanks!

    Comment by Hema — February 20, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

  4. looks nice Hema, and thanks for leaving a comment.

    Comment by lakshmi — February 20, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

  5. Never made Pot Pies before Hema 🙂 Sound good. For me if Hubby is out it’s maggi for me or egg-burji and pav 🙂

    Comment by sandeepa — February 20, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

  6. Hi Hema

    I tried contacting the editors to write a story for the past one week. They have this policy of ‘dont dont eat dog’. So they are silent now. We will see whether they will report. Please do write. More and More letters, they wont be able to ignore.

    Comment by InjiPennu — February 20, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

  7. Hi Hema, what a wonderful idea — veg pot pie in puff pastry!! I bet it was even better than with biscuit crust. The cheese sauce sounds really rich so the lighter crust would be nice. When I make bechamel or cheese sauce like that I usually add a pinch of ground nutmeg — read that in a James Beard book long ago. Great recipe and it sure looks yummy! 🙂

    Comment by outofthegarden — February 20, 2007 @ 8:20 pm

  8. Hi Hema ,
    Yes it ts always a problem what to cook for one person:) Your recipe will solve the problem of many moms!!
    But you lucky girls, you get readymade puff pastry sheets!!!!!
    I can only ‘dream’ of making this dish, becoz I have no patience to start from scratch ( making puff pastry):( It is not available here in India.
    Did you notice I could put a link. All thanks to you for explaining it to me 🙂

    Comment by archana — February 20, 2007 @ 11:38 pm

  9. that sounds interesting…till now I was living with a bowl of maggi noodles whenever my husband was out of city for office works…now i would remmember this recipe for next time 🙂

    Comment by Sushma — February 21, 2007 @ 12:57 am

  10. @ Lakshmi, Sandeepa, Sushma

    @ Linda
    Nutmeg. I’ll keep that in mind. Thanks for the tip!

    I had never heard of puff pastry sheets until I came to the US. India is catching up fast on readymade products and it wont be long before you can find this in the grocery store. Glad the link thing works. Thanks

    Comment by Hema — February 21, 2007 @ 10:18 am

  11. Hema – the pot pie looks delicious and perfect for a quick lunch recipe. Will definitely try it soon.

    Comment by mandira — February 21, 2007 @ 11:00 am

  12. Pot pies are my favourite too, I make it ready to use pie crust. Its areal comfort food for me and really good in winters.

    Yours is looking delicious, great job Hema!

    Comment by Nidhi — February 21, 2007 @ 11:06 am

  13. Sure Hema Sure. No problem! Just link to the Event.

    Comment by InjiPennu — February 21, 2007 @ 11:30 am

  14. he he he… even i used to pull my mom’s leg abt not cooking dad’s fav meal when he was out of town and now look at me!!!
    love this idea of using puff pastry:) quite filling and yummy too… who wants to spend whole day in kitchen when u r all alone!

    Comment by sia — February 21, 2007 @ 12:27 pm

  15. Hi Hema!

    See this site for details on the slideshow!

    Comment by kanchana — February 21, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

  16. @Mandira, Nidhi, Kanchana, Injipennu

    Guess that happens. Motherly and wifely (if there is such a word) instincts:) Thanks!

    Comment by Hema — February 21, 2007 @ 12:42 pm

  17. Hi HEma
    vegetable pot pie looks delicious.never heard of this.can we use any other cheese instead of black peppr cheese?thanku..

    Comment by swapna — February 21, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

  18. I have never tried pot pie till date Hema. This one surely goes to my ” must try” list

    Comment by seema — February 21, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

  19. Hi Hema, your post reminded my husband of the chicken pot pie I made sometime back and now he has started giving me hints 🙂 Instead of pie crust, I also use puff pastry sheet. More convenient rt ?


    Comment by Mishmash! — February 21, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

  20. Oh, this sounds easy to make. Now I know what to cook when my hubby is ou of town! 🙂

    Comment by Jyothsna — February 22, 2007 @ 1:26 am

  21. Thats a great pot pie. will try once.

    Comment by just for fun — February 22, 2007 @ 2:12 am

  22. i once ordered pot pie and was offered the filling separately and the pie crust separately – i found that odd, but is that what you did in this recipe, or did you make the filling sit in the pie? I couldn’t make out from the photos.

    Comment by sra — February 22, 2007 @ 5:08 am

  23. @Swapna
    I used what I had in hand. Any cheese you like will be good.

    @Seema, Jyothsna, Just for fun
    Thanks. Do try.

    my first try on pot pies. puff pastry is convenient.

    I filled the puff pastry before baking it.

    Comment by Hema — February 22, 2007 @ 11:21 am

  24. Hi Hema,this one looks good.Nice innovation of using veggies and puff pastry!

    Comment by Vini K — February 23, 2007 @ 6:20 am

  25. A very innovative dish and very easy one too.Thanks

    Comment by prema — February 24, 2007 @ 12:38 am

  26. @vini, prema

    Comment by Hema — March 6, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

  27. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

    Comment by Cheese products — September 30, 2009 @ 7:19 am

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