Although I offer a taste of anything vegan that I am eating, I know they prefer a more traditional menu. Because I am tired of cooking two meals every dinner, I have been researching dinners that can be pre-made, frozen, and then thawed and cooked in a hurry. I already have an arsenal of vegan burgers and sides packed up in the freezer, so now it's time to do the same for my omnivorous family. ;) I made some Irish Hand Pies to freeze for later.
¼ head of cabbage, sliced
1 ½ lbs. redskins, cleaned and diced
½ onion, diced
1 lb. ground meat (I used a combo of turkey and beef)
1 cup water
3 Tbs. tomato paste
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. dried thyme
S & P to taste
2 rolls of pre-made pie crust, thawed.
1.) In a heavy bottom pan, heat oil. Add potatoes and cabbage, toss to coat. Saute on med-high for about 8 minutes, until the cabbage is wilted. Add onion and ground meat and cook until meat is no longer pink, stirring frequently.
2.) When meat is fully cooked, add water, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and thyme. Stir to incorporate. Reduce heat to medium and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes until potatoes are soft.
3.) When potatoes are soft, mash everything with a fork or potato masher. Then, remove from heat and let cool completely. Divide cooled meat mixture into 8 equal servings.
4.) Divide each crust into 4 equal parts, roll to ¼" thickness, in the shape of a square. Place a portion of meat on one side of the prepared crust, and fold crust over to cover. Wet the edges of the dough with water and press with a fork to seal. Cut a few vents in the top.
5.) You can wrap each pie in plastic and freeze at this point.
6.) From thawed, bake in a preheated 400 oven for 12-15 minutes. From frozen, bake in a preheated 400 oven for 30 minutes.
I think I will try to make these vegan sometime soon, maybe using lentils or soy crumbles instead of ground meat. (I used a vegan Worcestershire sauce anyway, and the pie crust is 'accidentally' vegan.) I also think these will go great with a vegetable type soup, like a creamy tomato. :)