Vegan Vegetable Samosa Pies

I have exciting news, the lovely folks at Pampas pastry actually like my puff pastry Pizza recipe so much that I won a Sunbeam Traditional Pie Maker. This just got delivered the past week and of course, I’ve been brimming with all kinds of ideas. My first set of pies went off like hot pies…. or, was that supposed to be hot cakes?! I used a simple Vegetable Samosa filling and they worked out fabulously. The good news is that I also found a Pampas pastry with lesser fat that is perfect for this recipe. Here are a few pictures of my pretty pies and the new pie maker! 

 

Quick Vegetable Samosa Pies

(A delicious, quick and lower fat alternative to deep fried vegetable samosas.
Vegan and nut-free.)

INGREDIENTS – 

Reduced Fat Puff Pastry – 4 sheets
Onion, chopped finely – 1/2 cup
Garlic Cloves, minced – 1 teaspoon
Boiled Potatoes, diced – 1 cup
Carrots, peeled and diced – 1/2 cup
Frozen Green Peas – 1/2 cup
Green Beans, sliced finely – 1/2 cup
Cumin Seed Powder – 1 teaspoon
Fennel Seeds – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Kitchen King Masala – 1 teaspoon
Red Chilli Flakes – 1/2 teaspoon, optional
Fresh Coriander Leaves & Stalks, minced – 2 tablespoons
Salt, to taste

DIRECTIONS – 

Thaw the puff pastry in the pack.
Microwave the Green Peas and diced carrot for 3 minutes in a bowl.
In a mixing bowl, tip the boiled potatoes, carrots, peas, coriander, spices and salt. Mix well till the mixture comes together as a lumpy mass.
Cut out 2 rounds of pastry, a larger one for the base and a smaller one for the top. (My pie maker comes with a pastry cutter helpfully, taking out all the guess work).
Layer the larger pastry circle on the bottom of the pie maker carefully and add 2 heaped tablespoons of the vegetable filling.
Cover with the smaller pastry circle on the top and close the pie maker.
Turn on the pie maker and set to desired crust colour and crispness.
These pies took approximately 12 minutes to cook even though I hadn’t preheated the pie maker. The pies were a beautiful golden brown around the 15 minute mark.
Carefully remove from the pie maker and cool a few minutes before serving.

NOTES – 

I used vegan, pre-rolled reduced fat puff pastry sheets for a quick snack.

Vegan Puff Pastry Pizza

Best Recipes, is an Australian recipe website that I’ve long been a fan, offered me the chance to try out Pampas pastry, which has 64 flakey layers in one pastry sheet. I tried making these Puff Pastry Pizzas, that took only 15 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes of baking time in a preheated oven.

We need,

  • Puff Pastry Sheets – 3
  • Vegan Soy Cheese, grated or  finely sliced to layer on top
  • Olive Oil, to drizzle on top
  • Flat Baking Trays (I used 2)
  • Baking Paper, to line trays with.

Topping 1:

  • Barbecue Sauce – 1 tablespoon
  • Sliced Onions – 1 tablespoon
  • Jalapeños, sliced – 5 to 6
  • Mushrooms, sliced – 3 tablespoons
  • Garlic Cloves, finely sliced – 2
  • Mixed Dried Herbs – 1 teaspoon

Topping 2:

  • Eggplant Purée – 1 tablespoon
  • Garlic Paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Nutritional Yeast – 1 tablespoon
  • Black Pepper – 1 teaspoon

Topping 3:

  • Tomato Paste – 1 tablespoon
  • Sliced Onions – 1 tablespoon
  • Bell Pepper, sliced – 1/4
  • Mushrooms, sliced – 3 tablespoons
  • Garlic Cloves, finely sliced – 2
  • Mixed Dried Herbs – 1 teaspoon

Directions,

  1. Preheat the oven and layer the trays with baking paper.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry sheet and spread barbecue sauce/ eggplant purée/ tomato paste.
  3. Layer the veggies on top.
  4. Sprinkle dried herbs/ black pepper.
  5. Layer with vegan soy cheese.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and bake in a hot oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes or, until the edges of the puff pastry look golden brown.

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Cool and slice. Tastes fabulous hot or cold. Makes a perfect meal, combined with soup.

I’m curious to know if you have used puff pastry as a substitute for a favourite recipe in the comments below 😊