This was a great vegetarian option for pot pie, and pretty easy too. It was not the healthiest thing ever made (cough, butter, cough), but as most Ina recipes go, it was also very good. And possibly a little over the top – note I did not use the Pernod (I did throw in a couple of star anise while it was simmering, though), and it turned out fine. 😉 Definite make again. Use with your favorite pastry crust, or store bought – both would be fine. This should make two pies.
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
- 2 cups sliced yellow onions (2 onions)
- 1 fennel bulb, top and core removed, thinly sliced crosswise
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups good chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon Pernod
- Pinch saffron threads
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups large-diced potatoes (1/2 pound)
- 1 1/2 cups asparagus tips
- 1 1/2 cups peeled, 3/4-inch-diced carrots (4 carrots)
- 1 1/2 cups peeled, 3/4-inch-diced butternut squash
- 1 1/2 cups frozen small whole onions (1/2 pound)
- 1/2 cup minced flat-leaf parsley
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and fennel and saute until translucent, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the flour, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Slowly add the stock, Pernod, saffron, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the heavy cream and season to taste. The sauce should be highly seasoned.
Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 10 minutes. Lift out with a sieve. Add the asparagus, carrots, and squash to the pot and cook in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain well. Add the potatoes, mixed vegetables, onions, and parsley to the sauce and mix well.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Pour the filling into your prepared pie crusts. Divide the dough into quarters and roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Brush the outside edges of each bowl with the egg wash, then place the dough on top. Trim the circle to 1/2-inch larger than the top of the bowl. Crimp the dough to fold over the sides, pressing it to make it stick. Brush the dough with egg wash and make 3 slits in the top. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling hot.