Vegetarian Christmas pie with onion gravy

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6-8 servings Preparation: 50 mins, Cooking: 1 hr 40 mins By Food24
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Ingredients (20)

for the pie:
500 g pumpkin — chopped
olive oil — for drizzling
2 black mushrooms — cooked
1 can lentils — drained
1 can canned chickpeas — drained
250 ml kale — shredded
45 ml pesto — basil
10 ml salt
pinch freshly ground black pepper
200 g chevin goats milk cheese
800 g readymade shortcrust pastry — thawed
1 egg — whisked
For the onion gravy:
30 ml butter
1 onion — large, diced
30 ml water
15 ml flour — cake
1 cloves garlic — cloves, crushed
250 ml stock — vegetable
125 ml milk
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Method:

For
the pie, pre heat the oven to 200°C and lightly grease a loaf tin with non-stick
cooking spray.

 

Place
the pumpkin on a roasting tray, drizzle with a splash of oil and roast until
tender, 20-30 mins.

 

Turn
the oven down to 180°C.

 

Dice
the cooked mushrooms and combine it with the pumpkin, lentils, chickpeas, kale,
pesto, salt and pepper.

 

Break
the chevin into chunks and lightly stir it into the vegetable mixture.

 

Line
the greased loaf tin with the pastry making sure it is slightly bigger than the
tin, add the filling and place a pastry lid on top.

 

Seal
the edges with your fingers and cut away any excess pastry.

 

Wash
the top of the pie with the whisked egg.

 

Prick
the top of the pie with a fork, this will release some moisture during the
cooking and ensure a crisp outer crust.

 

Cut
out shapes from the leftover pastry and decorate the top of the pie.

 

 

Brush
the egg wash over the decorations and bake until golden, crisp and cooked
through, 35-45 mins.

 

For
the onion gravy, melt half of the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.

 

Add
the onions and fry, 1 minute.

 

Stir
in the water and allow the onions to soften, 10 mins.

 

Whisk
in the cake flour and garlic and cook, 1 min.

 

Add
the stock and milk and simmer until lightly thickened, 6-8 mins.

 

Whisk
in the remaining butter, blend until smooth and season to taste.

 

TIP:
For a cold
alternative of the gravy, simply serve the pie with dollops of crème friache or
double cream yoghurt.

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