Thursday, October 23, 2008
Barefoot Bloggers: Vegetable Pot Pie
So, I'm a bit late in preparing and posting this week's Vegetable Pot Pie from the Barefoot Bloggers. Truth is, I'm still trying to recover from the cold-like illness I've been fighting for nearly three weeks. Over all I'm getting better, but every few days I have a "set back" day. Yesterday was a set back day where the mere thought of food was difficult. Therefore, I postponed my baking by one day in the hopes I would feel better.
This morning I had arranged an outing with one of my friends. We drove to Santa Barbara to view an art quilt show, stopping for lunch along the way. I love art quilts, and many of these were very inspiring.
When I returned home, I knew my appetite had returned, so rather than go to work (tsk tsk), I decided to take my time and prepare the pot pie for dinner.
I'm very glad I did.
I really loved this pot pie. It came together nicely, and I only made a few minor changes. First, I cut the recipe in thirds, giving me just enough for two meals. Next, although I had no licorice-flavored liqueur, I did have anise oil, so I substituted a few drops of that. Finally, I used Brussels sprouts instead of asparagus. I love asparagus, and I'm sure that butternut squash and asparagus make a tasty combination, but really, one is a fall/winter vegetable and one is a spring vegetable. I try to eat seasonally, hence the switch to Brussels sprouts.
The end result was delicious, with a great pot pie feel to it. I suspect that it would be equally tasty by adding chicken or sausage or tuna to create more variations. Please check out the other Barefoot Bloggers to see their takes on this pot pie, and a big thanks to Deb of Kahakai Kitchen for a good recipe choice.
(Joke's on me: I just realized as I typed this up that I forgot the cream. Shoot. Well, it was still delicious!)
Oh, and that's a carrot-shaped cutout on the top of the crust. Not a slug.