On Saturday some of the Naked Vegan Cooking folks headed down to a fundraiser which was being put on by Manchester Misol which is a new organisation which brings people together in solidarity with migrants. It was a lovely sunny day and they served loads of amazing vegan food, we had an awesome time.
After the event we headed home and made this delicious pie, we called it Sunshine Pie because we made it on a very sunny day and it would work really well for a picnic.
1 Pack Filo Pastry (Not Frozen)
Sunflower Oil – Approximately 4 tbs
Half an Onion
Half a Bulb of Garlic
About 100g Fresh Asparagus
About 100g Frozen or Canned Peas
4 Small Vine Tomatoes
Handful of Coriander
Handful of Chives
Handful of Sunflower Seeds
Salt and Pepper
You could add some vegan cheese if you have it, but it is not necessary as the sunflower seeds provide protein and flavour.
Check your pack of filo pastry and see what temperature it recommends cooking it at, then preheat your oven to that temperature.
If your sunflower seeds are not pre-roasted then fry them for a couple of minutes in oil and salt, then set aside for later.
Chop your onion and garlic. We cut the onion into big rings and the garlic into big chunks to save time and because we love the strong flavours, but you can chop finer if you prefer.
Fry your onions in sunflower oil on a medium heat for about 5 minutes, then add the garlic and fry for one more minute. Next add the asparagus and peas and fry for a final two minutes, then remove from the heat and add salt and pepper to taste.
Cut your tomatoes in half and grill (or fry without stirring) them quickly until they are soft but not browned. You can just fry them with the other veg but they will lose their shape and look less pretty.
Take a baking tray and lay down one sheet of filo pastry, then brush lightly with oil and add another, repeat up to five layers (or more if you wish).
Then spread the vegetable mixture over the pastry, leaving a gap of a few centimeters around the edges, and put the tomatoes on top. You could also add another few layers of pastry on top to make it more of a pie rather than a tart, we didn’t do this as we thought it looked pretty open. If you do add pastry on top then use a knife to score some slits on top so air can get out.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown.
Sprinkle on the chopped herbs and sunflower seeds.
Serve and enjoy!
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