Tuesday, February 03, 2009

National Carrot Day (in lieu of national pie day)

Since I did not get around to posting this on National Pie Day, I found another reason to celebrate some recent pie escapades inspired by DOTMC: National Carrot Day, which is today, February 3rd. Like Molly N, I made a savory pie -- the rebel of pies, the savory and typically crust-free Shepherd's Pie. It had lots of carrots in it, though the hit of the vegetable mix was roasted celery root. Because I just saw my favorite crust punk band, Amebix, I opted to use a crust in this Shepherd's Pie. I confess that it was a store-bought crust, which takes away all my punk and DOTMC points.

I did not follow a specific recipe but here are a few highlights of the pie:
To complete the recipe...
  • (If you use a crust) Pre-cook it for 10-minutes so the bottom cooks a bit
  • Sautee 1 large yellow onion in 3tbsp oil with carrots and celery until they soften
  • Heat Light Life Smart Ground in an oiled skillet
  • Add 3/4 cups corn and 3/4 cups of peas (or green beans) to carrots and celery
  • Toss in roasted celery root and onion (above) to the veggie sautee
  • Remove crust from the oven or lightly oil a 9x9" baking oven-safe baking dish
  • Layer the Smart Ground so the bottom is covered, add vegetable mix and spoon mashed potatoes onto the top so it forms a 1" covering on top
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes and cool for 10 minutes
Today is also the official halfway point of winter. I probably won't post again until it's blueberry picking time, but I promise to post photos of the pies after that adventure, too.


  1. Jodi- no one can take away any punk points from you!!!!!
    Also The NYT reported today that The Union Square carrot man has died.


    I'm glad that they published his death on National Carrot Day.