Let me introduce you to the BEST savory pie. Ever.
I know, I know, it sounds quite fancy, and you may think that you need some unheard ingredients to make it. But what if I tell you that this is the simplest of pies, with the most easy-to-find, wholesome ingredients and you probably have all of them in your kitchen right now
Ingredients you need
- Oat flour. The base of the crust starts with oat flour. Did someone say FIBER? Yes, please.
- Tapioca starch. The magical ingredient that keeps it all together.
- Flax meal. Replaces eggs and is stable in vegan baking.
- Coconut oil. Instead of butter, for the crust, we use room temperature coconut oil.
- Leeks & Kale. Veggies are always essential.
- Tofu adds so much texture and creaminess. It's also high in plant-based protein and keeps this recipe nut-free.
- Coconut milk. Full fat coconut milk from a can is the best option. The one I use has a really mild coconut flavor, which is what we want here.
- Nutritional yeast. For that deep cheesy flavor.
- Spices like garlic powder, salt, turmeric, and black pepper.
How to make it
The crust is completely vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free and is just a crispy perfection. It requires 4 ingredients to prepare and 10 minutes of work. It does not fall apart or crumble like some other vegan pie crusts, plus it is vegan butter-free.
After the dough is mixed, it's time to roll it out into an even crust.
Put the dough ball between two pieces of parchment paper and use a rolling pin or a flat-bottomed object (such as a wine bottle, drinking glass, etc.) to roll it out from the center, until it becomes as wide as your pie tin.
Transfer the rolled dough into the pie tin and use your hands to press it down into an even, flat crust.
Use a fork to poke a few whole so it doesn't puff up when baking. Then freeze for about 10 minutes and bake in a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes. It's as easy as it can get.
While waiting for the crust to bake, start preparing the stuffing. Heat some oil in a skillet and add the leeks. Cook them for about 10-15 minutes or until slightly caramelized.
Then we add the kale and cook for 5 more minutes or until it has decreased in volume.
Time to assemble our pie! After the crust is baked and the veggies are cooked, leave both of them to cool a bit and then fill in the crust with the fried leeks and kale.
Moving on to the last part of this recipe. It's time to prepare the creamy tofu filling. Simply blend tofu with coconut milk, tapioca starch, and some spices until creamy. Pour on top of the veggies.
Use a spatula or a spoon to gently mix them together and smooth them into an even layer. Then bake for 30 minutes and you are all ready to go!
- Use soft, scoopable coconut oil, not melted. If you use melted coconut oil, the crust won't be the ssame.
- Let the leeks and kale cool before transfering to the pie crust.
- Freeze the dough for 10 minutes to allow for better texture.
- Use full fat coconut milk from a can for best results.
Savory Fried Leeks & Kale Tart
- Tart tin
- Mixing bowl
- Rolling Pin
- Pan or cast iron skillet
For the crust
- ⅔ cup oat flour (gluten-free if needed)
- ⅓ cup tapioca starch
- 1 batch flax egg *
- ⅓ cup solid coconut oil, NOT melted
- ⅓ cup water
For the filling
- 3 cup leeks, chopped
- 2 cup kale, chopped
- 1-2 cup oil for cooking
- 1 pack (14 ounces) tofu
- 1 ½ cup full-fat coconut milk *
- ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoon tapioca starch
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon tsp salt
- ½ tablespoon tsp turmeric
- ½ tablespoon black pepper
- First, prepare the crust. In a medium bowl add the dry ingredients - oat flour and tapioca starch and mix until well combined. Then, add the coconut oil, water, and flax egg and use your hands to mix everything until a dough is formed. It should not be sticky or dry. If it's too sticky add 1 tablespoon oat flour at a time. If it's too dry, add 1 tablespoon water at a time until it's moist enough.
- Get two pieces of parchment paper and place the dough between them. Use a rolling pin or any flat-bottomed object (such as wine bottle, drinking glass, etc.) to roll the dough out until it becomes as wide as your pie tin. To make sure your dough is rolled out evenly, place your hand on it and try to feel if there is any place where there is a bump. If there is, roll it out until it evens.
- Peel the top layer of parchment paper and transfer the rolled dough into the pie tin. Use your hands to press and form the dough into an even, flat pie crust, pushing the dough up the sides to form the sides crust. Then use a fork to poke the crust and create little holes which will prevent the dough from puffing when it's in the oven.
- Freeze the crust for 10 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 180C (356F).
Leek and kale filling
- Start preparing the filling. Chop the leeks and the kale into small pieces. Then heat 1-2 tablespoon oil in a skillet. Once hot, add the leeks and cook for about 15 minutes or until they start to caramelize.
- While the leeks are cooking, make the crust out of the freezer and bake it for 20 minutes.
- When the leeks are fully cooked, add the kale and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Then remove the skillet from the heat and let it cool. Do the same with the crust, take it out of the oven and let it cool a bit before adding the filling.
- While you are waiting for them to cool down, start preparing the third and last component- the creamy topping. Add all of the ingredients to a blender or a food processor - tofu, coconut milk, nutritional yeast, tapioca starch, garlic powder, salt, turmeric, and black pepper. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the flavor if needed, more salt for saltiness, nutritional yeast for cheesiness, and garlic powder for depth.
- After 10 minutes or so, both the crust and the veggies should be cooled enough to assemble. Add the veggies into the crust and pour the tofu mixture. Use a spoon or a spatula to gently mix them together. Smooth into an even layer. (see photo above)
- Bake for 30-35 minutes. Insert a knife into the center of the pie, if the blade comes out clean, your pie is ready. Set it aside and let it cool for about 20 minutes before cutting.
- Save the pie in a covered container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Add the pie into a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes at 180C (350F) or until it's warm enough for your preferences.