Recipe created for and owned by The Vegan Society, 2018
Recently, The Vegan Society asked me to help create them a vegan Easter menu, including a starter, main, side and dessert. I was so excited to showcase some recipes that would appeal to both vegans and meat eaters, using fresh, seasonal ingredients.
One of the recipes I created was this Creamy Mushroom & Leek Pie, which is so easy to make and absolutely diviiiiiiiiine. One of my new favourites.
I’m so proud of that golden crust. Look how crispy and delicious it is! I’ve tried numerous things in the past to get this finish and finally tried aquafaba (the liquid from tinned legumes – more info here) and it works perfectly. Not only does it give this beautiful golden colour, but it also has a natural gluey texture which helps stick the pastry to the dish.
I served the pie with my Balsamic Roasted New Potatoes & Asparagus which paired wonderfully. Very hearty and satisfying!
Creamy Leek & Mushroom Pie (Vegan)
Creamy mushrooms and leeks encased in a crispy, golden pie crust. Delicious, filling and a great choice to serve to both vegans and meat-eaters!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 medium leeks trimmed and sliced into discs
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 500 g button mushrooms sliced
- 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
- A pinch of salt and pepper
For the sauce
For the pastry
- 1 roll vegan puff pastry
- 4 tbsp aquafaba (liquid from a tin chickpeas or other legume) or just 4 tbsp dairy-free milk, for glazing
Add the olive oil to a large saucepan on a medium heat. Fry the leeks and garlic for 2 minutes, to soften.
Add the mushrooms, herbs, salt and pepper and stir for a minute. Place the lid on top and cook for 8 minutes
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt the dairy-free butter on medium heat. Add the flour and stir until combined. Slowly add in the milk, a tablespoon at a time and whisk, until you have a smooth thick mixture. Stir in the nutmeg and season with salt and pepper
Combine the cooked leeks and mushrooms with the sauce and leave to cool completely
Make sure your puff pastry is at room temperature (if using frozen, leave at room temperature overnight) and preheat the oven to 200C.
Add the leek and mushroom mixture to a pie dish and top with the puff pastry, cutting off any excess pastry around the edges.
Crimp the edges using a fork and score a criss-cross pattern on the top with a sharp knife. Finally, dip a pastry brush in the aquafaba (or a little dairy-free milk) and brush the top of the pie, to help it brown, plus secure the edge of the pie crust to the dish.
8. Cook for 25 minutes until golden brown. Serve straight away.