Saturday, February 12, 2011

Veggie Tortiere (meat pie)

The other day I asked my husband for something he'd like on our weekly menu. He thought about it for a moment, then he told me he wanted meat pie, something he loved before going vegetarian. I like trying to make new things but didn't have anything like that in my cookbooks, but I did find this recipe. It looked promising but also made me a bit nervous. A meat pie made from cauliflower and walnuts? Despite reservations, I plunged right in. Tonight was the night and my veggie tortiere was a bit hit, especially with my husband.  I would only change a few things.  One, I would bake the "meat" less, it was a little overcooked at 1 hour.  And two, no liqud smoke... I didn't appreciate that taste much, but my husband did.  I served it with some mashed potatoes with vegetarian gravy and steamed broccoli and carrots.


  1. Jill did you make the gluten free pie crust or a regular one? I follow the diet, dessert and dogs blog because she makes really good gluten-free vegan stuff but I haven't attempted something as complicated as a pie crust... yet.
    I'd appreciate knowing if you made it and if it was easy for pastry amateurs like me.

  2. Your tortiere looks great! Next time, I'm putting gravy on mine, too. ;)

    I think the liquid smoke is a very personal thing. . . I've grown to like it and I think most recipes include it to make the meat taste more "meaty". I'd love to know what it tastes like without if you give it a try! :)

  3. Linda: I made just a regular pie crust, I haven't yet mastered that one so I was afraid to try something new! Maybe next time though.

    Ricki: I think the problem might have been that I accidentally bought the mesquite flavour, and it was just too much. I will definitely let you know how I like it without!