Comfort food meets Lover’s Day, equals a hearty (get it? It’s a pun…and on purpose) dinner your family will love. Say to your loved ones, “Hey kids, I love you enough to create heart shaped gluten free pot pies for you on this day of Valentine’s” and watch their faces aglow…
If you can’t find these heart-shaped ramekins (I found them at Home Goods), you can use the regular ones or even attempt to make these Pot Pie Cupcakes. Do note that depending on what size you use, the serving size will differ but the flavors will still be delicious and will make your Valentine’s Day dinner dreams fulfilled. Maybe too much promise in one simple heart shaped gluten free pot pie? I think not.
I used Bob’s Red Mill pie crust mix as the flour base and it worked really nicely. However, when I made my veggie pot pie cupcakes years back, I used my all-purpose flour and it was great too. Do note that the crust mix has xanthan gum in it so you might need to add the gum if you are using a different mix of your own and it doesn’t already include it. Want to omit the gum? I say give it a go! I’ve made it without it too and it works as well.
So without further ado, here is your recipe for Heart Shaped Gluten Free Pot Pies:
- 1½ c. Bob's Red Mill pie crust mix orCara's All-Purpose Blend
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. xanthan gum (omit if using a mix with it already in it)
- ⅓ c. non-hydrogenated shortening (can sub for coconut oil)
- ⅓ c. ice water
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- Whisk together the flour, salt, xanthan gum, and baking powder in a large bowl until mixed thoroughly. Add shortening and stir until it is mixed into flour. You might need to get those fingers dirty and mix with your hands. Add the ice water in ⅓ c. at a time. You want just enough to get the dough to stick together but not too much to make it wet.
- Knead with your hands until you have smooth dough formed. Form into 4 balls, cover and chill while you prepare the filling.
- Saute your onions in olive oil for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Add paprika, thyme and flour and mix well. Add nondairy milk and vegetable broth.
- Add the carrots, peas and beans and bring to a boil and then simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Take one dough ball and roll out between two pieces of parchment paper to ¼" thickness. Place your ramekin over the dough and trace the shape with a knife, leaving an inch from the edges to give you enough room to make sure it fits over the top.
- Place filling into the ramekin and cover with the crust. Pinch with your fingers to form the dough. Create 3 small slits on the top of the dough and brush with olive oil. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet or a piece of aluminum foil (the liquid in the pot pies will start to overflow a little).
- Bake for 22-25 minutes or until the crust forms nicely brown edges.
- Repeat with another same sized dough, trim and place on top. Gently seal the edges together by pinching it with your fingers.
- Take a knife and place a few slits through the top. Brush with olive oil and bake for 25 minutes or until top has browned.
The heart cut out in the pot pie is an added bonus but is not required for this tasty dinner. Just an extra way to say “I love you.” Wait until you crack through that outer crust layer and get to that filling!
Full of veggies and beans, it’s the perfect gluten free and plant based dinner to fill your family with good-for-you ingredients. Happy Day of Lovers!