This pie is so comforting it’s almost Dickensian, but it’s not stodgy at all. If you think of it as mushroom paté in a flaky crust, it’s actually quite elegant. It’s fun to make, doesn’t take too long, and is special enough to be a vegetarian holiday meal. I use a hot water crust on the bottom, and a paté brisée crust on the top, but you could use one or the other for both. I like to put a layer of chard or spinach, sauteed, finely chopped, because I think it adds a nice contrast of flavor and texture, but you can go full-mushroom if you like.
Here’s Ella Fitzgerald, with Louis Jordan singing the delicious Petootie Pie
You’re such a tasty, lump of pastry.
Gotta light the oven –
Gonna cook a dish of lovin’
1 batch of Hot water pastry
1/2 batch of paté brisée
10 oz mushrooms
1 large shallot – very very finely minced
1 clove garlic – very very finely minced
2 T olive oil
1/2 t. thyme
1/2 t. sage
1 t. rosemary
1/3 cup white wine
1 cup coarsely chopped mixed nuts (or walnuts & pecans only)
1 cup bread crumbs
1-2 cups sharp cheddar
salt and plenty of pepper
1-2 cups chard sauteed, chopped finely
1. Butter and flour a 4 cup baking dish with tall straight sides. Line with hot water pastry
2. mince the mushrooms very finely. I use a processor for this. You don’t want them to be puréed, though. You still want them to have some texture.
3. In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the shallot, garlic, sage, rosemary and thyme. When the garlic and shallot start to brown, add the mushrooms. They’ll get all juicy, and then they dry out. Once they dry out, add the wine. Then let them dry out again. They might start to get a little brown and stick to the pan. This is good! Scrape them off the bottom and stir them right in.
4. put the mushrooms in a bowl, add the breadcrumbs, cheese and chopped nuts, and nutmeg. (I toast the nuts in a frying pan before I chop them!) Add salt and plenty of pepper.
5. In a small bowl beat the two eggs. Pour all about about 1 T into the mushroom mixture and stir it up well.
6. Press the mushrooms into the pastry-lined dish. I like to put a layer of chard between two layers of mushrooms.
7. Roll out pastry for the top, and place it on top of the pie. Roll up the edges, and mark them with the tines of a fork so they’re well-sealed and look pretty. You can leave a rather high border. Brush with the remaining T. of egg.
8. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven until golden and crispy on top.
9. Run a knife around the edges to make sure it’s not stuck anywhere, and then turn it out onto a plate, and then flip it over onto another so it’s right-side-up. Be gentle! You don’t want to crush it! I like to eat it with mashed potatoes, for the ultimate come-in-out-of-the-cold comfort.
You’ve already had my pie song, steenbeck, so may I take this moment to say: can I come and live at your house?
Of course! You’ve already got all your stuff in boxes, right? Come on over!
Well, not QUITE all of it…
gorgeous looking pie, I’m sure it wouldn’t work if I tried it, but one day, when I’m feeling brave I might have a go, you’re very inspiring. We had a friend called Meryl who made a lovely red onion, cabbage and egg pie, sounds terrible, but it tasted divine, you’ve reminded me what a treat veggie pies can be.
Thank you! I’ve read about cabbage pies. I think there’s some kind of provencal gallette that involves cabbages. I can imagine it would be delicious, but I’m always scared to try anything like that, because when cabbage is bad, it’s pretty terrible. Not sure I can cook it right!
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How long do you cook it for?
I think I cooked it 30 to 35 minutes. But I’d say it might change according to your oven. If it’s crispy and golden on top and sounds hollow when you tap it, it’s probably done. And then you’ll want to let it sit for about ten minutes to set before you cut it.