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Red wine, mushroom and onion puff pastry pie

This rich and hearty pie will fill the house with delectable aromas while cooking. Perfect for a meat-free Monday dinner in autumn.

Serves: 4-6

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

12 whole peeled baby onions
2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
2 finely sliced leeks
2 chopped celery stalks
2 peeled and sliced medium carrots
250g portabellini or button mushrooms
2 tsp (10 ml) chopped fresh rosemary
1 tbsp (15 ml) chopped fresh thyme
1 cup (250 ml) red wine
2½ cups (625 ml) vegetable stock
1 tbsp (15 ml) tomato paste
2 medium potatoes
salt and pepper
1 x 400 g roll of thawed puff pastry
1 beaten egg

Method

Making individual pot pies is a nice touch for a dinner party. Or leave out the pastry and simply serve the mushroom sauce on rice, mash or pasta with grated parmesan.

Soak the onions in boiling water for 20 mins. In the meantime, peel and cube the potatoes and keep to one side. Once soaked, peel and trim the roots off the whole baby onions and cook in the olive oil in a pot with the leeks, celery and carrots over medium heat for about 20 minutes until the vegetables begin to caramelise. Stir frequently to prevent scorching.

Add the mushrooms and herbs and cook for a further 10 minutes before adding the red wine, stock, tomato concentrate and potato chunks. Put on the lid and simmer over medium heat for 20–25 minutes until the sauce has thickened and all the vegetables are tender but still holding their shape. Stir well and season to taste.

Fill 4 to 6 pot pie dishes or 1 large pie dish three-quarters full with the mushroom stew and allow to cool completely. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 200 °C.

Cut circles 1 cm wider than the diameter of the pie dishes from the pastry and use to cover the pies, crimping the edges. Cut one or two vents in the pastry lids for steam to escape, and brush with a little beaten egg to ensure a golden brown colour.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes or until the pastry looks puffy and golden brown all over. Serve piping hot.

Extracted from Luscious Vegetarian by Sonia Cabano & Jade de Waal (Random House Struik)
Also check out Sonia and Jade’s recipes for aubergine rolls baked with halloumi rocket and red peppers and wild mushroom lasagne.

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