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Irish Pot Pie
with lentils, carrots, and turnips

Active: 25 min Total: 45 min
It's St. Paddy's Day, so we're making a hearty Irish pot pie packed with lentils and veggies. This is the perfect meal to bring you luck and warmth on this cold winter day.
Smarts: Frozen store-bought pie crusts or puff pastry is such a great shortcut for weeknight pot pies and savory tarts - just follow the thawing instructions.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Irish Pot Pie with Lentils, Carrots, and Turnips:
  • Lentils, uncooked - 1/2 cup
  • Puff pastry / pie crust - 1
  • Garlic - 3 cloves , minced
  • Onions, small - 1 , diced
  • Carrots - 2 , diced
  • Turnips - 2 , diced
  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Flour - 2 Tbsp
  • Vegetable broth - 2 cups
  • Milk, any type - 1 cup
  • Bay leaves - 1
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Peas (opt) - 1 cup
  • Egg yolk (opt) - 1

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Prep

  1. Lentils - Combine with 4x the amount of water and soak, ideally overnight. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  2. Puff pasty / pie crust - Thaw according to package’s instructions.
  3. Garlic / Onions / Carrots / Turnips - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Preheat oven to 400F / 204C degrees.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  3. Add cooking oil and then garlic, onions, and lentils with a sprinkle of salt. Saute until onions are softened, ~3 minutes.
  4. Add carrots and turnips and cook for another 3 minutes. Add flour and stir until it’s all mixed through.
  5. Next add broth, milk, bay leaf, soy sauce, and peas. Bring to a boil (watch carefully because the milk will boil and spill over easily) and then simmer until the mixture starts to thicken, ~5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If you like heat, add something spicy, like hot sauce, red pepper flakes, or harissa paste.
  6. Cook until lentils are tender, and then remove bay leaf, and transfer into a baker (a 9”x9” / 22.5 cm x 22.5 cm baker works well for 4 servings), and cover with puff pastry / pie crust (if it’s too big, trim with scissors). Pinch edges closed.
  7. If you want to do an egg wash for more golden browning, whisk an egg yolk with some water and brush onto puff pastry. Make a few slits with a knife and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden. Enjoy warm, right out of the oven!

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