Monday, March 21, 2011

Weeknight Dinner: Savory Sweet Potato Curry Pie

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I love sweet potatoes; I know most people think they are just for Thanksgiving but they aren't.  My love affair with sweet potatoes started when I was young.  My grandmother and I have always been close and sweet potatoes were the one vegetable my grandmother would eat.  I remember many meals where she would cut one open and exclaim "Look at that GORGEOUS color", and we would all laugh. 

She would always let me taste a bite of her potato, and from all of those bites, my love affair flourished.  Still today, they are a frequent component to John and I's dinners because not only are they tasty, but they are oh, so healthy for you!  So, when I saw that North Carolina Sweet Potatoes was having a contest, I couldn't wait to get on my chef's hat, and start my creating! 

Finally, I came to this delicious vegetarian sweet potato curry pie.  It's spicy and sweet, and an explosion of flavor in your mouth.  It's also extremely healthy with mushrooms, onions, and sweet potatoes; honey helps bring out the sweetness in the sweet potatoes.  To make this dish even simpler, you can buy pre-made pie crusts, but I like to make my own!
Savory Sweet Potato Curry Pie
Serves:  6-8 (1 9-inch pie)
Pie Crust:
1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
9 tablespoons butter, divided
4 tablespoons ice water
1 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar

Sweet Potato Curry Filling:
2 sweet potatoes
1 cup mushrooms
1 onion
4 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup vegetable stock
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons garam masala
1/4 tablespoon fresh cilantro, to garnish

Make the dough first:  Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Cut 6 of the tablespoons of butter into the dough until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice water and vinegar and mix well. Then, turn the dough out onto a floured work surface. Knead the dough for 7-10 minutes, until the butter is well-incorporated and a dough starts to form. Add additional flour if necessary to keep the dough from getting too sticky.  Roll out the dough to fit a 9 inch pie pan. Set in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Make the filling:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Cube the sweet potatoes and mushrooms.  Mince the garlic, and chop the onion into small pieces. Toss all with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and place on a cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, turning sweet potato cubes once. Mash the sweet potatoes and combine with the rest of the vegetables from the oven.  In a large skillet, add coconut milk, vegetable stock, lime juice, chili powder, and garam masala. Let simmer on medium heat for 12 minutes. Then, add sweet potato mixture. Make sure the mashed sweet potatoes are evenly seasoned.

To Serve:  Turn the oven up to 400 degrees F. Fill the pie with the sweet potato mixture. Add cilantro and bake for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

I like to make the pie with just a bottom crust; I think it's fun to see inside.  But, you could also make a top crust which would really surprise everyone!  Pies for dinner are just fun ways to jazz up any weeknight dinner!  Also, if you're not a vegetarian, you can feel free to substitute chicken stock for the vegetable stock!

Until the next time my oven is on...

3 comments:

  1. Hey Danielle! It was great to meet you at the Soup Challenge! I found this contest on one of the sites you mentioned to me, and entered it, too. Maybe one day I will be a "professional" competitor like you ;)

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  2. افضل شركات تنظيف الخزانات بالمملكة شركة الاول

    تعد الخزانات من اهم مصادر المياه في العديد من البيوت السعودية ولاهميتها وتاثيرها المباشر على صحة الاسرة فلابد من الاهتمام بتنظيفها كل فترة وبصفة دورية لتطيهرها من تسربات الاملاح وتسربات الاتربة والطالب والطفيليات التى تنمو في قاع الخزان ولابد من استخدام مواد تنظيف لا تترك بقيا عالقه بارض الخزان فلابد من الاستعانة بمحترفى تنظيف الخزانات حتى تضمن عميلنا الكريم الحصول على النظافة التى ترغبها للخزانات نوفر عمالة مدربة على جميع انواع تنظيف الخزانات
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالدمام - شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة - شركة تنظيف خزانات بالقطيف - شركة تنظيف خزانات بالاحساء
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بمكة -
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالجبيل
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالرياض

    شركة تنظيف خزانات بينبع
    بافضل الاسعار وبافضل مواد تنظيف الخزانات الامنة على صحة الاسرة والمطهرة والمعقمة للخزان من الطفيليات ومن الرواسب
    شركة غسيل خزانات بالرياض
    شركة صيانة مكيفات بالرياض
    شركة نقل العفش بجدة - ارخص شركات نقل العفش بجدة
    شركة ترميمات بالرياض
    تنظيف خزانات بالرياض
    و افضل شركة تنظيف خزانات بالطائف
    الاشتراطات الصحية
    الواجب توافرها في عمال نظافة الخزانات

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