Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Vegetable Pot Pie from Marlyle

Ok, kids, this one is from Mom. She had to take Grandpa to the ER tonight (no word on what's wrong, but she said they'd been waiting a while, which is actually a GOOD sign: it means they don't think he's going to drop dead in the next few minutes), and she called me in a panic and asked me to post for her! She told me where the draft was and which draft to use, so this one is from Mom, long-distance, via me! ;)

1 Tbl. olive or canola oil
1 large onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced (or 1 frozen cube, 1/8 tsp. powder, or 1 tsp. jarred)
1 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed as adding
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
8 oz. (about 2 cups) frozen green beans, cut to bite size--1 1/4 inch, or so
6 cups (about 1 1/2 lbs.) frozen mixed vegetables
3 Tbl. butter
3 Tbl. flour
1 14.5 oz. can vegetable broth
1/4 cup milk

Filo topping: 7 sheets filo dough
2 Tbl. butter, melted

To make a filo topping, unwrap packaged filo sheets. For 7 sheets: take each one, brush melted butter on half the sheet (or, if you don't have a brush--as I don't!--drizzle a teaspoon or two of the melted butter on half the sheet), fold the sheet in half, and lay it over the top of the casserole dish. Repeat 6 more times! I didn't top it with butter; I'd run out! It's much lighter this way than with the biscuit topping.

Biscuit topping: 2 cups flour
1 Tbl. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. butter
1 c. milk

Mix the dry ingredients. Cut in the butter until the mix looks like coarse crumbs. Add all the milk. Quickly stir with a fork until the dough is mixed. (You can make the biscuits with a food processor, following the steps as far as adding and mixing goes! Don't tell Marste!) Drop the biscuits by spoonfuls--small ones, if you want full coverage, and large ones, if you want actual biscuits!--over the top of the vegetables. See below for baking directions!
(Alternatively, you could use refrigerated, prepared biscuit dough - you'll just have to flatten them out a little before you put them on top of the casserole!)

In a large skillet or pot, heat the oil. Add the onions, and cook them until they're barely cooked, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook for 1 minute. Add the rosemary, salt, and pepper, and stir until the spices are mixed into the onion.

Add the green beans, and cook to thaw. Add the mixed vegetables, stir, and cook until heated through.

In a sauce pan, melt the butter. Whisk, or stir, in the flour, and cook until the flour is lightly tanned. Stir in the broth until the mix is smooth. Continue to cook and stir until the broth bubbles gently. Stir in the milk. Pour this sauce into the vegetables, and stir until everything is mixed. Pour it into a sprayed, 9x13 baking dish. Top with either filo or biscuit topping. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes, or until the top is browned. MMMMM!

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