Thursday, 28 March 2013

Vegetarian Cabbage Pie

I know, the idea of cabbage pie seems a bit odd, but believe me, the end product is scrumptious. 
Sautéing the cabbage at a low temperature brings out its natural sweetness and richness. Complemented with a hearty whole wheat crust, this fiber packed pie is a great homey main. A comfort food packed with yummy goodness.

Total Time: 1h, 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
Cook: 400°F

Basic Whole-Wheat Pie Crust


1 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour (or half white mix)
pinch of salt
1/2 cold margarine
3-4 tbsp ice water


Sift flour and salt into a deep bowl.
Add cold margarine, cut into small bits and cut into flour with two knives until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
Stir in ice water with a fork and mix until dough forms a ball.
Turn onto a floured board and knead briefly.
Form into two balls, flatten with the palm of your hand and wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Cabbage Pie Filling


1 large onion, diced
1 medium green cabbage, thinly sliced
olive oil to sauté
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2-4 tsp herbs, such as basil, thyme, oregano, etc.
3 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 1/2 tsp salt
pepper, to taste
3 tbsp flour2/3 cup daiya cheese (optional)
1/4 cup bread crumbs


Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a large pot or Dutch oven, sauté onions olive oil for 2 minutes, add garlic and sauté an additional minute. Add cabbage, stir and sauté covered, stirring often until wilted, about 10-15 minutes.
When cabbage beings to soften up and shrink down, add herbs, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper. 
Continue sautéing until cabbage is cooked, about 15-20 more minutes, stirring often. 
Meanwhile, roll out dough on a floured surface and line 9" glass pie plate with the bottom dough, saving the remainder for the top of the pie. 
After 15-20 minutes sprinkle cabbage with flour and stir to combine, let cook an additional 5 minutes, tasting and adjusting seasoning appropriately. 
Remove Dutch oven from heat and mix in cheese.
Pour filling into the pie shell, mounding the cabbage in the middle. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the cabbage filling. Roll out the remaining dough to cover the pie. Crimp edges closed and prick top with a fork or knife.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the top is golden.
Let cool at least 15 minutes before slicing.
Serve along side potatoes and another veg, or just enjoy it by itself.

Enjoy! -K