Recipe: Big Puff Pie

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A simple Big Puff Pie! Another pie that I tried from the veganuary site and I loved it. It was really easy to make and isn’t too pastry heavy, basically a puff pastry hat sits on top of a lovely veggie stew. I also love the fact that the recipe gives you options so you just pick and mix your filling according to what is in your fridge and storecupboard.



One Big Puff Pie serves 4-6 takes 45 minutes

Choose from ONE of the four protein options below:

  • Tempeh, 225g pack. Steam for about 5 minutes then chop into cubes and fry in a little oil and drizzle with soya sauce
  • Frozen tofu, 225g pack or thereabouts. Freezing tofu gives it a more solid, chewy texture. Chop it into cubes then place in a plastic tub with an airtight lid in the freezer. Defrost before using and fry in hot oil until golden brown and drizzle with soya sauce
  • Seitan(wheat gluten). Yakso brand 350g jars from health food shops OR Companion brand plain gluten or veggie chicken, 300g tins from Oriental grocers – drain each of these. Any liquid can be incorporated into the pie’s gravy
  • TVP dried chunks, about 10-15, soaked in hot stock for 20-30 minutes until soft enough to cook.



  • Big Puff Pie Filling:
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium-large onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 200g/7oz mushrooms, chopped if medium or large, left whole if small button variety
  • One of the protein options as below in Preparation
  • 6 tsp vegan gravy granules (plain Bisto is fine) made up with 300g/12fl oz boiling water
  • 1 tbsp porcini mushrooms, soaked in boiled water then chopped into small pieces with scissors. Reserve the soaking water and include it in the 300ml needed for the gravy – see above
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp mixed dried herbs
  • 1-2 tsp shoyu or tamari type soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp sherry or red wine
  • 100g/3oz frozen peas
  • Black pepper (gravy granules and soya sauce should provide enough salt)
  • Pie Crust:
  • 1 pack Jus-Rol puff pastry sheet (sold fresh or frozen in most supermarkets) OR a
  • pack of Jus-Rol solid puff pastry, rolled out by hand
  • Oil spray or a little vegetable oil
  • A little soya or other unsweetened plant milk (almond, coconut, hemp) to brush top of pastry


Cooking Instructions

  1. If using tofu, chop it into about 16 cubes and freeze overnight. Remove it from the freezer a few hours before you make the pie.
  2. If using tempeh, it can be chopped with a big sharp knife while frozen. Otherwise leave it to defrost in the fridge a few hours before it is needed. Prepare as above.
  3. If using TVP chunks, soak them in hot stock for a few minutes while you prepare everything else. Drain and squeeze gently before adding to pie.
  4. If using seitan/gluten, drain, reserve liquid and set aside until ready.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 225°C/450°F/Gas Mark 7.
  6. Heat olive oil in a medium-large saucepan.
  7. Sauté (gently fry) onion and garlic until onion is translucent – about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  8. Add the protein option of choice and gently stir in with rest of vegetables to coat with oil.
  9. Make the gravy as above then add the mustard, herbs, soya sauce and sherry/wine and mix in well.
  10. Add the peas, porcini mushrooms, gravy mixture and all other ingredients to the pie filling (except the pastry and soya milk).
  11. Stir carefully to mix in well, taste and season if necessary, then turn down heat and leave to simmer.
  12. Meanwhile, choose an oven-proof dish (or individual oven-proof dishes) that will hold the pie filling.
  13. Use its shape to cut out a pastry lid – or several small shapes if you are using individual pie containers. Lightly oil a non-stick baking sheet or tray and place the pastry lid(s) on it. If using several lids space them out on the baking tray.
  14. Brush with a little soya or other plant milk and bake in the hot oven for approximately 20 minutes, or according to the packet instructions – the pastry should be well risen and golden brown.
  15. Spoon the stew into dish or dishes, place the pastry lid(s) on top and serve immediately.






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