Sunday, 26 December 2010

Brussels Sprout Pie

As a break from the faux meat loaf that dominates our Christmas meals most years, yesterday I had made this Brussels Sprout Pie.
Whilst making the vegetable filling for this raised pie, my heart sank a little as I was reminded in my head at the loss of my allotment plot. This time last year I had harvested a sprout tree and other vegetables from my allotment. This year that was not so, as all the vegetables on our plate were supermarket bought. I did attempt to grow some sprouts in my tiny garden plot specifically for Christmas, but most (if not all) of my Brassica family plants were ravished by the white cabbage butterfly. Oh well, such is life.
Once sliced open, the contents of the pie were revealed. The green baubles were surrounded by specks of orange. This hearty Brussels sprout pie was served with baked Parsley potato cakes shaped into Christmas trees.
Well I do hope you are all enjoying the festive holidays. D and myself are just lazing indoors. Neither of us is interested in joining the madness of the Boxing day sales here. Instead we are watching DVDs, flicking through (cook) books, playing Board and computer games with a little bit of cooking and baking in between.
Brussels Sprout Pie
Serves 6 – 8
1 medium onion, finely sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoon olive oil
500g carrots, cooked and mashed
75g Brazil nuts, ground
250g Brussels sprouts, steamed. Mince half of them and keep the other half whole
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoon yeast extract (Love it or hate it, I use Marmite)
Juice of ½ lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
For the pie filling
First make the pie filling. Gently fry the onion and garlic in the oil until soft. Then mix in all the other ingredients and season to taste. Set aside and allow to cool.
Now make the hot water crust pastry.
For the hot water crust pastry
To line deep 7 inch spring form round cake tin
350g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoon thyme
100g solid vegetable fat or shortening, chopped (I use Trex)
100ml water
Optional: Olive oil or beaten egg to glaze
Mix together the dry ingredients.
Melt the fat in the water and heat until about to boil. Add the liquid to the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until a dough is formed. Now you have to work very quickly, as the dough will get cold and be tough to work with. Keep some of the dough back for the lid, then roll out the rest quickly and line the tin, pressing down so that it is snug to the tin and in its grooves. Then fill the tin with the cooled filling. Press gently down with a spoon. Cut of excess dough around the tin and roll out again so that it fits the top of the pie filling as a lid. It will overlap, just cut off the excess with a knife to make it look presentable. Place the lid over the filling, then gently press or pinch into the side of the pie so it seals or with a fork.
Optional: Brush with egg wash or oil and make a small steam hole in each pie.
Bake in preheated oven Gas mark 6 for 45 to 1 hour till golden. Serve warm or cold.


  1. Lovely Brussels sprout pie! I'm sure it was yummy! I know it can be sad when something ruins your owngrown plants. I also prefer organic food. And Christmas is indeed for enjoying and relaxing! I'm also watching good films and eating delicious food.

  2. I happen to be spending Christmas in Brussels, having driven for 14 hours on ice through a snowstorm to get here, so I really should try this.

  3. Thanks for such an amazing looking recipe - no one can say they don't like sprouts now! Is there a recipe for those gorgeous looking trees or is it simply mashed potatoes and herbs cut into shapes?

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful time - enjoy the rest of your holiday season x

  4. Hi Mangocheeks
    having a lazing day too,setting up my new i phone etc, I love gadgets :)
    what do you put in the potato cakes? are they just mashed potatoes with parsley chopped up and mixed in?
    I love sprouts

    all the best

  5. The crust on this looks so beautiful. Fine job! I have never heard of a hot water crust pastry.

    Vegging on boxing day...sounds good to me).

  6. I love brussel sprouts! This sounds and looks perfect. I really like the idea! Great job! :)

  7. wish I'd found your fab blog earlier!
    this pie looks delish but am slightly worried about the wind potential of sprouts: they've proved to be active these last few days {not me}:
    I can see this place is going to be a veritable feast for me to plunder:
    thanks ^_^

  8. I just got off the phone with my sister in Glasgow and there you were - I am now a follower. Hope that you are keeping warm in this severe winter in the UK. Christmas is very bittersweet I think - lots of sadness with the joy for many of us. Looking forward to trying your recipes across the miles in Montana.

  9. Have I mentioned before that I'd like to move in to your place? Yum, once again, this looks superb... I only ate my first brussels sprout around 6 months ago, and surprised myself by falling in love with them. What a great idea to pie them up.

  10. brilliant idea! while i eat plenty of faux meat, i never think it's exciting enough for a holiday meal. this looks just wonderful. and those potato cakes mmmm. my mom made falafel for the vegetarians this year. i don't think she knows what they are really, but it was a nice sentiment.

  11. I will definitely try this one out. I love veggies and am always looking for different ways to serv them! I understand how you feel about your allotment. I miss having a garden!

  12. Oh, my, your brussels sprout pie looks divine. I made some bacon-braised brussels sprouts for xmas, and they went over even with the guests who don't usually take to brussels sprouts. I look forward to trying your recipe.

    Sending warm thoughts your way,

  13. The pie looks great!

    Those white cabbage butterflies are terrible!!!


  14. I love your cute pie! I wish I could love or hate marmite but I have really never tasted it (just heard of it!). Happy holidays!

  15. Seasons Greetings to you!

    the pie recipe is awesome...i like the idea of a potato Christmas tree!!

  16. I love my brussels sprouts.
    Like you I spent a couple of minutes lamenting that I didn't have home grown sprouts this year (last year was the first time I grew them and there were fabulous). I tried growing them in containers this year .. well, the idea was to start them in containers and transplant them .. but we never got back to Leitrim, so they stayed in (large) containers and never developed well.
    Luckily we got some on the stalk brussels from our box scheme.
    I still have lots left, so I may give the pie a try ... although I'm still planning on making the mushroom suet pie before the year is out!
    Will you be able to return to your allotment plot next year?

  17. Seasons greetings mangocheeks - I am sorry to hear some notes of sadness in your Christmas post - we have been concerned about E's father celebrating his first christmas without E's mum - though at least E's sister lives close by. But I am also happy to see you making your usual lovely food to mark the occasion and having some relaxation. That pie looks spectacular and I love the little bear who likes like he wants a piece :-) Wishing you peace and joy

  18. I love your Christmassy food ideas. I'm not a fan of sprouts but the pie looks delicious!
    I hope the festive period hasn't been too hard on you and your family x

  19. Looks delicious, i've got some brussel sprouts sitting in my fridge. Love the blog and desire to grow and forage for your own food. I just wrote a delicious Wild Mushroom Soup Recipe.

  20. This looks wonderful. Brussels sprouts is my favorite vegetable! I've never really had them other than roasted with some salt and pepper though, so I'd love to try them in a pie like this.

  21. Thank you so much LeLa.
    It was yummy!
    Organic veg is really expensive that was one of the reasons I started growing my own.
    Enjoy the holidays.

    Thank you P. M. Doolan.
    that is so funny, you actually spending Christmas in Brussels. wow 14 hours on ice through a snowstorm is a long drive. I get stressed at the idea of driving to my mother in law in Essex which is about 8 hours. Take care and enjoy your holdiays.

    Thanks mrs green.
    Nice to meet you. I've seen a numbe rof your comments on Nic of NIpitintheBud blog. So i am delighted to hear from you.
    The recipe for those herb potato trees is really quite4 simple, but I am going to share a link of a fellow blogger who made them a few years ago. They are originally shaped into starts, but I used a christmas tree cookie cutter.
    Kindest of wishes

    Hi there Jane aka Chicken lover.
    or should i call you gadget woman?
    See above for the potato cakes. They really are simply just mashed potatoes with parsley chopped up and mixed in.
    All the best

    Thank you so much Gardeningbren.
    I discovered hot water crust pastry about 10 years ago or so, its similar to what is used for pork pies, but of course this is veggie friently. I am so thankful for this recipe that I discovered originally through the U.K Vegetarian Society. Once you've mastered it, you will soon discover that it is so versatile.

    Thank you HayMarket8 :)

    Thank you So, So much chocolategirl64.
    i have to be honest I have not had any problem with flatulence whislt eating sprouts, but our bodies react differntly to food. Kindest of wishes

  22. Thank you So, So much Marian.
    You are just too kind and I totally appreciate you becoming a follower. The weather here is severe, but on the plus side the snow had began to melt. You are right Christmas (and New Yer may I add) is very bittersweet. Kind and warm wishes to you.

    Thank you Ali.
    I'd be happy for you to move into to my place. Just a shame its a on-bedorrom flat :( and my husband woudl not be a happy bunny.
    I am delighted to read that you actually really really like the sprout. I am still learning to like them.

    Thank you e.
    I am a gan of falafel but it doesn't seem to like me always giving me a upset belly later :(
    It is good at least that you mother makes an effort with providing a veggie alternative.

    Thank you Travel Nurse Extraordinaire.
    I am sad to read that you miss having a garden. I hope one-day you get one that wiill make you happy!

    Thank you so much Eggy.
    I think the secret is finding ways of serving sprouts that appeal.
    Warm wishes to you x

    Thank you Alessandra.
    Yeph those white cabbage butterflies are terrible!!!

  23. Thank you Anna A.
    Marmite is certainly an acquired taste. Heres hoping you find a jar. Happy holidays!

    Thanks Roshan
    Seasons Greetings to you!

    Thank you so mcuh Ferris Jay.
    It is interesting to read that you attempted to grow some sprouts in containers. As I have limied space it is something i would have attempted, but now knowing it was not a success I will give it a miss too.

    Please let me knwo how you find the mushroom suet pie.

    Sadly returning to the allotment is a no no. I lost is in a fire.

    Thank you so much for your lovely words Johanna. Whislt writing my post I did actually think of your father in law as i remembered reading your post and not too long ago your Yellow post. Ds mother spend Christmas with Ds sister, but i know he really wanted to be with her. Wishing you and you family -peace and joy too.

    Thank you so much for you lovely words Hannah.

    Thank you so much forkblog for you kind words about my blog. I promise to visit you blog very soon.

    Thanks Roxan.
    Ah you make me smile by writing 'Brussels sprouts is my favorite vegetable'. I have to admit I hav enot many people like you.
    Roasting them is my fave way of eating sprouts too.

  24. Wow that pie looks so fantastic. I may have to make this soon. I am so glad you commented on my blog so I could find yours! I have really enjoyed reading your posts. I am also very sorry to hear about your father-in-law. I hope the New Year is a better one for you and your family.

  25. Meg Smith,
    Thank you so much for your kind comment.
    I wish you a Happy New Year too.

  26. Oh my goodness, what an amazing sprouts recipe!! I'm happy to find this one!! :D

  27. This might be the most unique dish I have ever seen! All the herbs and generous amount of crust make it total comfort food! Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog!

  28. Looks and sounds incredible. There aren't enough Brussels sprouts recipes that make the most of them. Love how deep-dish you've made the pie - very English. ; )

  29. Thank you purplebirdblog.

    Thank you so much for such a lovely comment The Food Hound.

    Thank you Susan.
    Very English indeed :) but i'm a Welshie :)

  30. Happy New Yera dear blog friend!
    I am pleased to see garlic on you banner! he!he! sooooooooooo French to me!

  31. Thank you so much Patricia.
    Glad you like :)

  32. It took me 2 weeks to assemble and prepare the ingredients - hunt for a 7in springform, steam and store the carrots in the fridge, pluck the sprouts from the stalk and store, search for marmite (w/no luck)- but I finally put the pie in the oven! Will let you know how it tastes! Thanks for the adventure!

  33. Oh Gloria.

    I am waiting and looking forward with some trepidation to your honest verdict. I am sorry that you did not find any Marmite where you are. So did you find an alternative yeast extract to use; and shortening as I can imagine 'Trex' the brand may have been difficult to get hold of too.

    I am happy to post you a little jar of Marmite from the U.K if you wish for future recipes. E mail me your posting details if you wish to take me up on this offer, no obligations.

    Okay looking forward to hearing from you.


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