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Recipes from your veg box: Warming Winter Pie

This warming winter pie and mash is a perfect recipe for your autumnul veg boxes or to make the most of the seasonal lot from your local farmer's market.

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Feeds 4

Cook time: 1 hour

For the pie 

1 onion finely chopped 

2 celery sticks finely chopped  

2 carrots diced 

4 cloves of garlic finely chopped/ crushed 

750g of chestnut mushrooms (or a mix of what you have). 250 finely sliced. 500g leave chunky (halved or quartered)  

6 sprigs of fresh thyme  

2 tbsp of cider vinegar  

2 tbsp of flour  

3 tbsp of Henderson relish (veggie) or half it if using Worcestershire sauce (not veggie) 

Heaped tsp of English mustard  

2 tsp of marmite  

1 vegetable stock cube  

440ml Guinness or another stout or dark ale 

Jus-rol puff pastry 

For the mash  

1 swede  

A knob of cheddar  

Half a cabbage sliced 

4 large potatoes 

2 spring onions finely chopped  


Preheat oven at 180.

Heat large casserole dish with some oil and butter and add onion, celery and carrots. Sweat down for 5 minutes.  

Add garlic to the mix while it’s cooking down for another 5 minutes. 

Once your veg is sweated down add the mushrooms to the mix. Season generously with salt and pepper.  

Add the thyme, cider vinegar and grate half a teaspoon of nutmeg into the mix, stir and then put the lid on and leave to cook down for another 75 mins on medium heat. 

In the meantime, prepare your potatoes and swede so they are chopped at roughly the same size.  

Now head back to your casserole dish and add the flour, the Henderson’s relish, the mustard, the marmite and mix in. Crumble in the vegetable stock cube. Add the Guinness and a bay leaf.

Bring to a simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. 

Grease your pie dish. Line your dish with the first sheet of pastry.  

After 20 mins your mixture should have reduced down to a thicker gravy. Take of the hob and if you have time, let your mixture cool.

Add your mixture to your pastry lined baking dish. NB - Before you poor your mixture into your lined pastry dish, make sure to retrieve your thyme sprigs.  

Put your remaining pastry over the top of the pie mixture. Lightly cover your pastry in a wash to help it go golden brown. You can make this out of egg, milk or dairy free milk.  

Add your pie into the pre heated oven and bake for 20 minutes.  

Meanwhile, add your potatoes and swede to boiling water and rolling boil for 15 minutes or until tender.  

Whilst the potato/ swede mix is boiling, in a frying pan with butter soften the cabbage with some garlic - this will probably take around 5-10 minutes.

Finally poor your potatoes and swede into a colander and allow to steam dry for 5 minutes.  

Add the potato and swede into the pot they were boiled in. Add a knob of butter and splash of milk if you like, season well and mash. Add you cabbage mix to the potatoes with spring onions and a handful of cheddar and mix through. 

Serve together for the perfect winter pie.

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Published 20 Dec 2021

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