Cabbage and potato pie with portobello mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and tomato sauce

A rich, savoury pie, stuffed with vegetables, white, and red sauces.


For the crust
2 1/4 cups of hard wheat flour
1 cup of warm water
1T of year
2t of sugar (1)
1/4t of sea salt
3T of olive oil, divided 1T/1T/1T

For the filling
1T of cooking oil
1/2t of coarse sea salt
1 cup of shredded cabbage
1 cup of shreded potatoes, packed
1 cup (one large) portobello mushroom thinly sliced
1 cup of unsweetned soy milk
1/4 cup of sesame seed butter
2T of white miso
1/4 cup of sun-dried tomato, chopped
1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
2T of arrowroot powder whisked with 2T of water
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the sauce
1T of cooking oil
1/4t of coarse sea salt
1T of garlic minced
1T of dried basil, rubbed
1t of dried oregano, rubbed
1/2 of dried thyme, rubbed
1t of sugar*
1 cup of passata (tomato puree)
1t of lemon juice
1t of corn starch whisked with 2t of water
2T of nutritional yeast, divided, 1T/1T (for garnish)
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

First, start the dough, then the filling, then the sauce.
Combine salt and flour in a bowl.
Combine the water, yeast and sugar according to your yeast’s instructions.
Once the yeast proofs, whisk in 1T of oil.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
Kneed for 10 minutes on a floured board.
Let rise at least 1 hour in a clean, lightly oiled bowl, covered with a damp clean kitchen towel.
Punch down from time to time.
While the dough is rising, make the filling.
Bring the oil to heat on medium high in a large frying pan.
Add the garlic, basil, and sea salt and saute for 1 minute.
Add the cabbage and potatoes and saute for 5-7 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and saute another 8-10 minutes until the mushrooms and potatoes are cooked.
Blend the soy milk, white miso, and sesame seed butter.
Pour into the pan and simmer for another 10 minutes.
Whisk the arrowroot powder with the water until dissolved.
Pour the arrowroot mixture into the cabbage and potatoes stirring continuously until thickened.
Remove from heat, add the nutritional yeast and sun-dried tomatoes, stir to combine and set aside.
Let cool about 15 minutes (give or take) while you make the sauce and roll out the dough.
Bring the oil for the sauce to heat on medium high in a sauce pan with a lid.
Add the sea salt, the garlic, and the green herbs, and saute for 1 minute.
Add the lemon juice, the sugar, and the tomato puree.
Reduce to medium low and simmer about 10 minutes.
Cover lightly if you need to to avoid spattering.
Add the nutritional yeast.
Whisk the corn starch with the water until dissolved.
Add the corn starch mixture slowly, stirring continuously until the tomato sauce has thickened.
Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes.
Once the filling and sauce are ready, roll out the dough.
Preheat the oven to 450F.
Season the sauce and the filling to taste.
Divide the dough roughly into 2/3s and 1/3s (for the bottom crust, and the top respectively).
Roll out well flour board for a 9″ pie pan (glass preferred).
Oil the pie plate with the second 1T of olive oil. (2)
Add the bottom dough to the pie plate.
Brush the dough with the last 1T of olive oil.
Add 1/3 of the tomato sauce in a thin layer.
Add the filling.
Add the top dough and pinch the pie closed.
Perforate the top crust gently with a fork to allow the interior moisture to escape.
Bake on the middle rack for 20 minutes.
Add the remaining tomato sauce to the top and bake another 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven.
Let cool 20 minutes (or longer), and then slice.
Season to taste and serve with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.

(1) A growing number of white table sugars are produced without using animal bone charcoal. Beet sugar, organic sugar and unrefined sugars are typically fine.

(2) It shouldn’t be necessary in a well-oiled plate, but I usually sprinkle a pinch of coarse yellow corn meal in the bottom to absorb moisture and make it easier to remove.