As promised yesterday, today I am featuring a great Vegetarian main course dish which can be eaten with roast potatoes, vegetables and all the trimmings over the Easter weekend. I quite like having vegetarian pies when the meat-eaters are tucking into their roast as they are quite substantial, fill you up and you don't feel like you haven't had a proper meal - which is what I feel like if I have just been served the potatoes and veg without the meat.
There are lots of lovely vegetarian main dishes to be found around the internet, but here are a few of my ideas of what you could eat over Easter if you are vegetarian, or what to serve to vegetarians over the Easter weekend:
Mushroom Pot Pies (Can be made in individual portions)
Layered Vegetable & Cheese Timbale
Cottage Pie made with Vegetarian Mince
Stuffed Leeks/courgette/marrow/squash - stuffed with veggie mince or lentils, rice and vegetables
Quorn Cheese & Broccoli Escalopes
Quorn Fillets (you could add your own sauce)
Linda McCartney Country Pies
Vegetarian Chicken Kievs
So what are we eating over the Easter weekend?
Well for Easter I decided to make an Easter pie which could be eaten with a roast. I specifically wanted to use seasonal ingredients, so I took my inspiration from a recipe I have for Harvest Pie which uses lots of root vegetables, and adjusted the vegetables to suit the season. I included leeks, spring onions and chives which are all currently in season, and added some potato and carrots to the mix to give the dish some texture and depth. I then made a light, creamy cheese sauce to combine the ingredients with.
This pie does take a while to make, as you have to make the lattice lid and refrigerate the pastry, so leave lots of time, or make in advance and just re-heat before you serve it. The pie tastes really delicious. The flavour of the chives and spring onions really comes through and the leeks and carrots really complement each other. The pie was lovely served with our roast dinner and the whole family enjoyed their pie.
So here is my recipe for homemade Easter Pie - do let me know if you give it a try over Easter and most of all... Enjoy, and Happy Easter!
250g Plain Flour
125g Butter, chopped into small pieces
60ml Iced Water
1 tbsp Oil
1 Bunch of Spring Onions, peeled and chopped
1 Leek, peeled and finely chopped
30g Fresh Chives finely chopped
2 medium Carrots, peeled and chopped
2 medium Potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1cm pieces
50g Plain Flour
2 Egg Yolks
100g grated Cheddar Cheese
1 Egg for glazing - lightly beaten
Salt and Pepper
I am entering this pie into Simple and in Season over at Fabulicious Food