Thursday, October 23, 2008

Barefoot Bloggers: Vegetable Pot Pie


Recipe chosen by: Deb of Kahakai Kitchen
Link to Recipe: Vegetable Pot Pie

Wooo, this is some rich pot pie. Awesome and tasty and filling, but rich.

I wasn't sure about the fennel bulb, and I've never used saffron threads. But I decided to trust Ina, and do the recipe with no (okay, a few small) modifications.

I opted for ready made pie crust on one big pie (my very deep dish cassarole dish, actually). I also skipped the asparagus tips. I went trolling the produce aisle for a replacement, but green beans just didn't look like a good replacement.

I also roasted the veggies instead of boiling. Almost forgot that...


DSC01792The sauce was rich and complex, and I loved the butternut squash and the fennel bulb.

As good as it was though, I'm not sure I'll make this again. It seemed like it took forever. Although since I roasted the veggies, it probably wasn't as long as it seemed. (I just had a problem finding a couple of hours to make dinner. Working late, etc left me making this half-way one night and finishing it the next.)

I might pull this one out for a homey and yet fancy dinner for guests. Add some chicken and the asparagus tips, and bake in the individual bowls - that would be pretty nice. (But I think I'd really, really have to like the guests.)

So, one more recipe where Ina hit it out of the park. A big thanks to Deb for picking a great recipe! Don't forget to check out the rest of the Barefoot Bloggers to see how they liked it.


Suzie said...

Yours looks like it was worth the cooking time anyway. Zapping the vegies in the microwave could cut down time too.

Debinhawaii said...

I bet the roasting added some more complexity to the dish. I did mine on a weekend day because of the time so I agree it would be an infrequent company dish. Great job!

Heather B said...

it looks yummy! Great job!

Veronica said...

I like the idea of roasting the vegetables, I'll bet that really gave it nice flavor...looks delicious.

Peggy said...

Roasting the vegetables was a genius move! I bet that tasted delicious. I cheated on my piecrust too and used puff pastry. It didn't look so pretty, but it was delicious.

chocolatechic said...

I agree. The sauce is rich and flavorful.

We loved it.

Mandy said...

Yes, a lovely meal for SPECIAL guests. My boyfriend Jim and I really loved this recipe, but I agree it was a lot of work. Your's looks wonderful!

Cathy said...

Your pictures are beautiful! I agree that the veggies could have been cooked a wee bit more for my taste. This was REALLY time-consuming. I'd make them again when I had lots of extra time on my hands!

Anonymous said...

Oh, it looks great though! Roasting the veggies sounds wonderful.

I love your banner, is that new?


Beth said...

I'm a fellow TWD baker, and I was thinking that it would be nice if we all could chip in and get Laurie some small token/gift for all the work she does. Would you be willing to contribute? If I can get enough people, it would only be about $1 per person. No pressure :-) Let me know!