Intro: Rutabaga Pi
A delicious pie that you can have for dinner or dessert. Rutabagas are a seldom used vegetable that are quite tasty, and really good for you. You can find them in the grocery store, at a farm stand, or if you're lucky enough to be part of a CSA, you'll probably have about 50lbs of them in November. They are also supposed to be really easy to grow yourself.
I found a recipe for this pie in the Victory Garden Cookbook, and changed it to my liking.
Here's What you'll need:
About a pound of Rutabaga
2 or 3 Apples
1T Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp ground corriander
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
2Tb brown sugar
1 cup soy milk
a partially baked pie shell
Use your favorite pie crust recipie, or search for pie crust right here on Instructables. Cook it part way, about 15 minutes, so it starts to brown and the dough starts to set. (Hint: if you substitute half of the flour with whole wheat flour, it gives the crust a yummy brown color.)
Step 1: Get the Rutabaga Ready.
Wash the rutabaga, and peel it with a vegetable peeler. Cut it into chunks. Peel and core the apples, and cut them in half. Save the apple peels for step 2.
Step 2: Rutabaga Sauna
Put the apple peels in a large steam pot, add an inch of water and some cinnamon. (This step makes the house smell good.)
Put the rutabaga in the steam basket, and steam for 20 minutes. Then add the apples and steam for 10 more minutes. When everything is nice and soft, remove and drain.
Step 3: Mash!
Mash, mash, mash. Careful, it's hot! You could also do this step in a blender, but then you have to clean the blender when you're done. Get all the lumps out, unless you want lumpy pie.
Step 4: Mix It Up.
Mix all the ingredients together. Once throughly mixed, pour the mixture into your partially cooked pie shell. Cook it in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees, then turn the heat down to 350 and cook it for another 30 minutes, until the pie is set.
Step 5: Eat It Up.
Remove from the oven, let it cool for a little while, then enjoy.
To make your rutabaga pie into rutabaga Pi simply draw on it with a knife when cool. Better yet, you can draw Pi with whipped cream once the pie is completely cool.
It's really good with vanilla ice cream, or whipped cream. It's also good as a side dish. It goes quite well with Tofurkey and mashed potatoes.
To you can easily make this vegan, with egg substitute, and a pie shell made with shortening and butter substitute.
Enjoy your rutabaga pie, and remember, when in doubt, make it into a pie. Just like Sweeney Todd.