ANYWAY, in better times, I bought some mushrooms and broccoli and then ignored them because there was so much food available and I could just run out and get more whenever I wanted to. Remember those days?
So I decided I'd better use them up.
Broccoli Leftover Soup
I fried some mushrooms and onions in vegan margarine in a cooking pot until they were tender. Then I took out most of the mushrooms and some of the onions. In the same pot, I covered broccoli with water and boiled it until the broccoli was tender. Then I mashed the broccoli.
I had some leftover white sauce (milk gravy), but you can make some, since you probably don't have any left over:
White Sauce (Milk Gravy)
Melt butter, stir in an equal amount of flour and cook briefly, add milk and stir well, getting out all lumps. Cook until thickened.
That white strip on top is cheese. I topped the soup with cheese. The thing in the back is my ugly hand pie.
Mushroom Hand Pie
Do you know how to make pie crust?
Take some flour and cut some COLD butter or margarine into it until you have lumps the size of dried peas. Or, if you don't know what size dried peas or, until you have flour with lots of little lumps in it. Add icy-cold water and stir gently until you have a dough that sticks together and only sticks to your hands a bitty bit. You want to mess with this as little as possible, so the butter doesn't melt until it cooks.
How much of everything? I used a cup of flour to make two hand pies.
Divide the crust into as many pies as you want and roll it out on a floured board. Put in your filling (I used mushrooms and onions, but you can use whatever you like), fold it over, and tuck in the ends.
You can make it pretty, but I just wanted to eat it. I totally meant for those holes to be in there, to release the steam. Martha Stewart, I'm not.
Bake it at 400F for about half an hour, checking to make sure it doesn't burn.
|Messy, but nourishin', as my grandpa would have said.|
Both dishes were delicious.
I'm posting at my own blog today about wild mushrooms. Yum!