Vegetable Pot Pie

Pi Day is celebrated every March 14 by math fans around the world – and also bakers and pastry chefs. Pi is an non-repeating, infinite number represented by the Greek letter π, and used to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Today, March 14, 2015, is an extra special Pi Day, because at 9:26:53 AM it creates the “Pi Moment of the Century”. The first ten digits of Pi are 3.141592653 (3/14/15, 9:26 AM and 53 seconds). This exact date and time happens once every hundred years – a once in a lifetime moment for most of us. How cool is that?

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This year I’m happy to be celebrating this nerdy, foodie holiday with a collection of 20 other fantastic bloggers. Hooray for not stuffing my face with pie all by myself!

Last year I made a quick pie at the last minute with only three ingredients.

There have been a lot of sweets happening in the Sew You Think You Can Cook kitchen lately and while I’ve discovered a new love for almost anything chocolate I needed to step away from the sugar and try my hand at a savory pie.

I’ve had my eyes on this easy veggie pot pie from Mom’s Test Kitchen ever since she was my assignment for Secret Recipe Club 11 months ago. With it being Lent AND pi(e) day, I finally had the perfect excuse to whip up this easy dinner.

If you feel cheated out of pie day by my savory direction, be sure to check out the list of more traditional pies (and not so traditional ones) at the end of this post.

A big thank you to Terri of Love and Confections for gathering us all together for some nerdy deliciousness.

Vegetable Pot Pie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (8 oz) refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 2 tsp seasoning blend, divided use (I used Penzey’s Frozen Pizza Seasoning)
  • 1 can (10.75 oz) cream of celery soup
  • 1 can (10.75 oz) cream of potato soup
  • 1/3 C milk
  • 1/2 C frozen peas
  • 1/2 C frozen corn
  • 1/2 C diced carrots

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Arrange 1 can of crescent rolls on the bottom of a lightly greased 9″ pie dish, points of the triangles in the center. Sprinkle with 1 tsp of your seasoning blend. Bake 6 minutes.
  3. In a saucepan over medium-high heat combine soups, milk, veggies, and remaining seasoning blend. Season to taste with S+P. Pour pie filling into the partially baked crust.
  4. Top pie with second can of crescent rolls, arranging the triangles so the the points meet in the center. Lightly spray the top of the dough with cooking spray, sprinkle with a little bit of Kosher salt and more seasoning blend (optional). Bake 20-25 minutes, or until crust is golden and cooked through.

*This recipe is adapted from Jaime at http://momstestkitchen.com/2014/03/easy-vegetable-pot-pie.html*

Veggie Pot Pie | Sew You Think You Can Cook

Enjoy a slice of one of these fantastic pies today:

Apple Pear Pie with Crumble Topping from Baking and Creating with Avril

Apple Rhubarb Strawberry Pie from Food Lust People Love

Buffalo Chicken Shepherd’s Pie from Healthy. Delicious.

Chocolate Mousse Pie from A Day in the Life on the Farm

Chocolate Silk Pie from Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Coconut-Pistachio Pie from The Spiffy Cookie

Curried Lamb Potpie from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Fresh Strawberry Pie from Taste Cook Sip

Hillbilly Apple Pie from My Catholic Kitchen

Kentucky Derby Pie from Kelli’s Kitchen

Mixed Berry Slab Pie from Making Miracles

Peach-Blueberry Pie from The Redhead Baker

Salted Honey Pie from girlichef

Sicilian Ricotta Pie from Cake Duchess

S’Mores Brownie Pie from Cheese Curd in Paradise

Strawberry Daiquiri Pie from Love and Confections

Thin Mint Pie from Amy’s Cooking Adventures

Top Secret Derby Pie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Triple Berry Pot Pie from {i love} my disorganized life

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#10DaysofTailgate: ‘Da Bears in ‘Da Blankets

Tailgate LogoOn this second Sunday of #10DaysofTailgate, which is hosted by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, I have decided to highlight my favorite NFL team – the Chicago Bears. It is also fitting that today we play our rivals, The Green Bay Packers.

When you think Chicago food you think three things: pizza, beefs, and dogs. And Chicago’s favorite condiments: giardiniera, relish, and mustard.

I decided to create a tailgate friendly version of classic Chicago flavors. Pigs in Blankets, or well, in this case, ‘Da Bears in ‘Da Blankets! (Shout out to my mom for helping me come up with the title.)

I used all beef little hotdogs for my “bears” and the “blankets” classic crescent rolls sprinkled with poppy seeds. To satisfy the classic toppings of mustard and relish I served my dogs alongside some snack sized pickles and three different mustard dipping sauces. Why three? Because I couldn’t decide what flavor I wanted!

ElDiablo_Logo_Color_TaglineEl Diablo Hot and Spicy Mustards is one of our sponsors for #10DaysofTailgate and they generously provided their six flavors of mustard for us to play around with. Three of them I am showcasing today and one will be showcased tomorrow, so be sure to come back and check it out! I admit I’m too scared to try the habanero flavor while breastfeeding and I’m allergic to the mango – but my husband has assured me it’s delicious and he’s already used it for dipping grilled chicken. Based on other #10DaysofTailgate postings, the Mango is very popular! My personal favorite is the Steakhouse.

MBBQ-LOGO-120309I didn’t stop there with the Chicago menu though, I also made giardiniera. But not any giardiniera. I wanted to highlight another sponsored product, so I made a grilled giardiniera! I used the mesh grilling skillet from Mr. Bar-B-Q to grill all of the veggies! This skillet is awesome! The handle is detachable which makes for easy grilling. Simply place the skillet on the grill, remove the handle, and then when you’re ready to remove from the heat reattach the handle – no oven mitts required.

Grilled Giardiniera

‘Da Bears in ‘Da Blankets

Ingredients for the dogs:

  • 35 mini all beef hotdogs
  • 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds

Ingredients for the mustard dipping sauces:

Ingredients for the giardiniera:

  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper
  • 6 baby carrots (or 1 large carrot)
  • 1-2 serrano peppers
  • canola oil for grilling
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden oregano paste
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Steps for the dogs:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet.
  2. Cut each crescent roll triangle into strips of 4 and wrap around each of the mini hotdogs. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  3. Bake 15 minutes, until dough is golden brown.

Steps for the mustard dipping sauces:

  1. In a small bowl combine mayo and sour cream.
  2. Divide into three smaller bowls (1/3 C each).
  3. Stir 1 tbsp each flavored mustard into one of the bowls.

Steps for the giardiniera:

  1. Brush all of the veggies with canola oil and sprinkle with S+P. Grill veggies, tossing occasionally, until tender and the cauliflower is lightly golden, about 10 minutes.
  2. When cool enough to handle, finely chop all of the veggies and mince the garlic. Peel the skins off the serrano peppers and also remove the seeds. Note: If you don’t want a super spicy giardiniera use only one.
  3. In a bowl, combine veggies with olive oil and oregano. Season with salt. Keep refrigerated.

*The dogs and mustard dipping sauces are adapted from Pat and Gina Neely at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/patrick-and-gina-neely/neelys-pigs-in-a-blanket-recipe.html *

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Thank you Jennifer and Mr. Bar-B-Q for sponsoring our event.

Disclaimer: I received El Diablo Hot and Spicy Mustards, a mesh grilling skillet, and herb pastes through this event, however all opinions are my own.

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway and be sure to check out the other bloggers who posted more tailgating recipes today:

Starters
Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Philly Cheese Steak Eggrolls by Cooking In Stilettos
Ketchup & Mustard Glazed Meatballs by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Duck Bacon, Pear, Brie Baked Wontons by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Mains
Buffalo Chicken Sliders by girlichef
Chipotle Ranch Chicken Wings by Cheese Curd In Paradise
White Chicken Chili by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Saucy Maple Leaf Duck Sliders by Making Miracles
Three Pepper Burgers by Eliot’s Eats
Chipotle Mustard Pork Chops by The Pajama Chef
Cherry Chipotle Drumsticks by Summer Scraps
Sides
Salads in Jars by OnTheMove-In the Galley

Irish Bread Braid

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I never really celebrated St. Patrick’s Day until moving to the panhandle and becoming best friends with Kate. St. Patrick’s Day 2011 coincided with Auburn’s Spring Break and we had Kate and her now husband Josh over for a simple dinner and game night – individual meatloaves and mashed potatoes. That event began a four year tradition. In 2012 Kate and Josh were now living here and we went to their apartment for Ruben Egg Rolls, Shepherd’s Pie, and a yogurt parfait with angel food cake and mango. (Lesson learned – do not dye vanilla pudding green, it will mess with your mind and fool your taste buds.) I hosted in 2013 and served an Irish bread braid, individual meatloaves, and colcannon. Kate brought over a beautiful rainbow cake too!

This year marks our fourth, and probably final (as we’re moving this summer), St. Patrick’s Day together. It’s Kate’s turn to host and we’re combining our favorites – the Irish bread braid, Ruben egg rolls, Shepherd’s pie with shamrock rolls, and for dessert maple shortbread cookies and chocolate chip ice cream. It’s a big menu for four people, but we’re going all out this year!

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Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it – my crescent rolls were very easily tear-able and no matter how much I pinched and tried to make the dough seamless there was no hope. Instead I made a rustic-looking tart. But the flavors were still beautiful. I don’t know if the dough warmed up too much in the 30 minute drive to Kate’s or if using the name brand product is simply too good at it’s job – Stuart suggested maybe buying a generic brand of crescent dough in the hopes that it’s not as perforated. Here’s the real advice – if your store sells seamless crescent dough, buy it! None of my local stores do.

Last year I made this bread braid (see pre-baked photo in above collage) for St. Patrick’s Day and it was such a hit that Stuart requested it again for Easter. I will probably make it again, and if I’m successful in the braid I’ll post it!

Irish Bread Tart

Irish Bread Braid

Ingredients:

  • 3 red potatoes
  • 3 C chopped kale, stems removed
  • 2 cans seamless crescent roll dough
  • 1/2 lb sliced corned beef
  • 1 C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • caraway seeds, for sprinkling

Steps:

  1. Boil kale in salted water for 4 minutes. Drain, pat dry, and set aside.
  2. Boil potatoes until tender. Let cool, slice, and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. On a greased baking sheet, unroll crescent dough and press side-by-side lengthwise into one larger rectangle. Additionally, press together all perforated seams if not using seamless.
  5. Place corned beef in the center of the rectangle, leaving 3″ on each side. Top with potato slices, kale, and shredded cheese.
  6. Cut dough into the same number of strips on each side of the filling, leaving an inch buffer around the filling. Criss-cross the strips over the filling to create a braid. Fold crescent dough around the filling to create a rustic tart. (See above photos.)
  7. In a small bowl whisk the egg with 1 tbsp water. Brush the bread with egg wash and sprinkle with caraway seeds and kosher salt, if desired.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes. If your bread braid turned into a rustic tart lightly cover with aluminum foil for 20 minutes, remove foil and bake another 5-8 minutes until the crust is golden and cooked through. Allow to cool slightly before slicing.

*This recipe is modified from girlversusdough at http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/irish-bread-braid/aa8ebb56-1255-4cec-996f-3de32cb5456e*
Irish Bread Tart

Sausage Pinwheels

I want to provide you with another option for your New Year’s Eve party.

I know this doesn’t qualify as Mexican Monday – but it could if you decided to substitute Mexican chorizo in place of the breakfast sausage. In fact, that actually sounds delicious! My dad felt that the pinwheels were actually missing something, such as a dipping sauce. But we were all stumped as to what that could be. Red pepper jelly seemed to work, but still wasn’t just perfect. Using Mexican chorizo might give that needed something.

A friend of mine brought these sausage pinwheels to a party last year and they were gone in the blink of an eye. Even my cream-cheese-hating husband gobbled them up.

Sausage Pinwheels

Ingredients:

  • 1 roll breakfast sausage
  • 2 tubes refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 pkgs cream cheese, softened

Steps:

  1. Brown the sausage and drain any fat.
  2. Mix cream cheese and sausage.
  3. Roll out crescent dough and press together seams. Spread half of the cream cheese mixture. Roll the crescents lengthwise. Repeat with 2nd tube of crescents.
  4. Place rolled up pinwheels in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  5. Slice pinwheels into 1/2″ rolls. Place pinwheels cut side down on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 13 minutes, or until crescents are cooked through.

*This recipe is adapted from Leah at http://abiteofmylife.blogspot.com/2009/02/cream-cheese-sausage-pinwheels.html*

Sausage Pinwheels

Crescent Calzones

What do you do when your attempt a fancy dinner fails and there’s no time for take-out? Crescent Calzones! (Even better when your husband keeps you calm in the kitchen, makes you laugh, and helps you cook!)

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An Original Recipe

Crescent Calzones

Ingredients:

  • 1 can crescent rolls (will yield 4 calzones)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 C jarred marinara sauce
  • 1 C shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 C packed spinach leaves
  • 12 slices pepperoni
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Herbs de Provence
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp cornmeal

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Pinch together two crescent triangles to create a rectangle. Do this four times.
  3. Fill each rectangle with sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and spinach. Only do this on one half so you can fold over the remaining dough. With a fork, crimp the dough together. Cut a slit in the top of the dough with a sharp paring knife. Place calzones on a baking sheet sprinkled with corn meal – you could simply spray the sheet with non-stick cooking spray if you want. Note: you can substitute whatever protein/veggies you’d like. It’s a pizza – the limits are only in your pantry/fridge!
  4. Brush each calzone with olive oil. Sprinkle with seasoning and salt.
  5. Bake 12-15 minutes (or according to crescent directions).

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Mini Cinna-Crescent Rolls

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had cinnamon rolls for Sunday breakfast. Not the slave in the kitchen home made cinnamon rolls, the pre-made refrigerated dough in a can kind. My brother and I actually still prefer them to the “real thing”. Now that I’m “all grown up” and married, I still buy them! 

Before going to sleep last night, my husband was already looking forward to cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Unfortunately we didn’t have any. But I wasn’t about to disappoint! I had a can of crescent rolls so I decided to wing it. The experiment was successful so now the photographs won’t be going to waste! A blog post has been born. 🙂

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Mini Cinna-Crescent Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp milk

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9″ round cake pan.
  2. Unroll crescent dough, making a rectangle out of two crescents. Over lap and press the seam together. Repeat making a total of 4 rectangles.
  3. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Top each rectangle of dough with a good heaping tablespoon of the brown sugar cinnamon mix. Roll along the longest edge. Cut into 1-2″ rolls. Place cut side down in cake pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
  5. Make frosting by whisking the powdered sugar and milk. Add more milk 1/4 tsp at a time if needed. Drizzle frosting over Mini Cinna-Crescent Rolls.

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