Wednesday, March 12, 2008

vegetable pot pies and apple tartlettes

recently, i made vegetable pot pies and some apple tartlettes, because frankly i didn't have much in the way of veggies. i was alone this weekend and i had a lonely little carrot, a zucchini and a red onion - oh, and some frozen peas. so i guessed you've figured the vegetable pot pies aren't really potpies, haven't you? no, they're tarts, so sue me, i just totally misled you. well, if i bothered to cover them with pastry dough, they would've been pot pies right? i knew you'd see my point of view. and as far as the apple tartlettes go, they just sound better than apple tarts. reminds me of this crazy lady who works here who keeps saying, "she's such a tart" in all that southern twang glory.
anywho, they look a lot more fussy than they are. they're very fast and i would highly recommend this for a dinner alone. who wants to be in the kitchen for an hour when they're by themselves? not me. i really only feel inspired when i know they're are mouths to feed. so, it took me all of 5 min of prep, 5 min to cook and then 25 min to bake.
vegetable pot pies
serves 2
prep time: 10 min
bake time: 25 min

  • 1 package of individual sized frozen tarts - mine had 8 in there - only use 4
  • 1 zucchini, washed and diced small
  • 1 carrot, washed and diced small
  • 1 red onion, washed and diced
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1-2 tbspn oil
  • pinch of cumin, coriander, red chili powders
  • pinch of garam masala
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
the play:
  • preheat oven to whatever the frozen tart package says - mine said 375
  • defrosted the tarts while you prepare the vegetables
  • saute all veggies together in a bit of oil, add a pinch of coriander and cumin powder, red chili powder and garam masala. add salt and cook until cooked thru but still firm - about 5 min
  • turn off heat, add lemon juice
  • prick the tarts all over with a fork
  • divide the filling among 4 tarts
  • bake according to package instructions - mine were at 375 for 25 min.
apple tartlettes
serves 2
prep time: 5 min
bake time: 25 min

  • 1 small granny smith apple, peeled and diced
  • 2 tbspn butter
  • 1 tbspn brown sugar
  • 1 tbspn toasted pecans or walnuts - you can microwave these for 30-45 sec
  • 1 tbspn chocolate chips or butterscotch chips (optional)
  • 1 tbspn pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice or a mixture of ground cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice, ginger
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • a tiny squeeze of lemon juice

the play:

  • preheat oven to whatever the frozen tart package says - mine said 375
  • defrost the frozen tarts while you chop the apple and get the other ingredients together
  • prick the tarts with fork
  • add the chips to the bottom if you are using them
  • mix the apples with brown sugar, nuts, spices, salt and lemon juice
  • fill the 2 tarts with this mixture
  • top with 1 tbspn butter cut up over each tart
  • bake according to package instructions - mine were at 375 for 25 min.

Notes: for the veggie pot pies, use whatever firm veggies you have on hand like bell peppers, cauliflower, etc. (i think that line is in every post so far, lol). for the apple tartlettes, you can pretty much use any stone fruit, i'm sure peaches and nectarines would be divine.

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"Tell my pops i'm out earthbound with the crew

He said butterfly may the boogie be with you..."


Commonly Cheap said...

Stumbled in and just wanted to say hi. These look delicious! Thanks for the recipes.

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shadocat said...

Great Blog!

Dhivya said...

looks yummy

Mansi Desai said...

that looks great Alpa! hope you enjoyed both of them on your weekend:)

Divya Vikram said...

That looks delicious..nice way to use the fruits n veggies

Namratha said...

Lovely looking tarts Alpa, nice variation of sweet and savoury. Yummy!

Miri said...

What's a dough cover between friends - you say its a pot pie and a pot pie it is.
definitely waaaay more authentic and am sure better tasting than the "pot pie" served in one of the "oldest Conti places" in Bangalore, where they serve the filling with rice - thats it! No pie, no pot, nothing!

Alpa said...

Commonly cheap - Hi there! I will def stop by and give you my 7 words; thanks for visiting!

Shadocat - Thanks, i'm glad you like it!

dhivya - Hi! Thanks, try it when you're alone :)

Mansi - yes i did, thanks! I forgot to add the brown sugar when i made the apple tartlettes... it makes a big difference!

divya v - Thanks, I hope you'll make them!

Miri - LOL! yes, that's what i keep saying, hahaha. With rice really? But hey, that's what makes everyone's recipes different!
Thanks for visiting me :)

DEEPA said...

yummy yummy pies ....i wish i could have had one of them !!!

Siri said...

The mini potpies look delish Alpa.. I am sure they cud be made for a bunch of ppl and become an instant hit..:DD.. I am more a savory person .. so I wud vote for vegetable pie than the apple ones.. though I loved both of them..:D


Red Chillies said...

Loved the idea Alpa. Are the ready made tarts same as frozen pie shells?

Alpa said...

deepa - Hi there! Thanks!

Siri - Me too! i prefer savory first, sweet later :)

red chillies - Hi! Yes, that's exactly what they are, just miniature pastry pie shells. These were easier than cutting pastry sheets and since i was alone, i didn't need an entire pie crust. Thanks for stopping by!

Richa said...

love both the versions, Alpa!
ur pies sure have puffed up so well, they look so light and flaky!

Pooja said...

That looks yummy !!!