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Rosy Roots Holiday Pie




This winter pie is all about embracing our roots! Not our genealogy but those humble, homey tubers that sweeten underground when the temperature dips. Radishes, turnips, potatoes, beets, shallots – they all make splendid and nutritious “roses” for this pie. Beautiful and delicious, it's perfect for the holidays.


All these vegetables are low in fat and loaded with fiber, folate, and cancer-fighting antioxidants and phytonutrients. Did you know that sweet potatoes are particularly rich in vitamin A, turnips in calcium, potatoes in potassium, radishes - vitamin C? That is just the tip of the iceberg, nutritionally speaking


Wrapped up in a tasty, tender gluten-free dough and adorned with leaves, this delicious pie is as fun to make as to eat. Pal up with a baking buddy for extra fun in the kitchen, pick up your rolling pins and have at it!


Prep time = 80 minutes Baking time = 25-30 minutes Makes one 9” pie


Equipment


Standing mixer with vegetable sheet attachment

9 pyrex pie dish

Leaf-shaped cookie cutter

Blender

Food processor

Microwave

Large steamer pot

1” bristle pastry brush


Ingredients


Veggies

3-4 shallots, microwaved or steamed

6 small beets, various colors

6 small turnips, various colors

6 small potatoes, various colors

6 medium radishes, various colors

1-2 small sweet potatoes, various colors or 1 large juicing carrot, any color


Plant-Based Béchamel

Full ¼ cup white whole wheat flour or a whole grain gluten-free flour

1 Tablespoons nutritional yeast

Pinch of nutmeg, freshly ground

Pinch of white pepper, freshly ground

1 teaspoon shiro (white) miso* or to taste

1 cup unsweetened unflavored almond milk (or other low-fat plant milk)

1 cup mini yellow or orange bell peppers, roasted and blended

Dough

⅔ cup chana dal flour (besan) or chickpea flour (available in Indian groceries or online)

⅓ cup mesquite flour (available online)

1 cup buckwheat flour

3 Tablespoons arrowroot

3 Tablespoons freshly ground flaxseed

¼ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground

1 cup HOT sweet potato pulp, baked or microwaved

* Miso is a good salt alternative that has been found to lower heart rate and not elevate blood pressure as salt does. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5313421/#:~:text=Miso%2C%20which%20is%20made%20from,%2C%20including%20salt%2Dsensitive%20hypertension).


Directions


Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C


Veggies

Using the thick vegetable sheet cutter attachment, cut sheets of all the vegetables except the shallots. Cut them if they are unmanageably lengthy strips. Microwave for 20-30 seconds to soften or steam until they are pliant enough to roll into “roses.” For larger veggies, cut the strips in half lengthwise. It’s attractive to have a variety of size roses; they can range from 1-2 inch in height.


Use toothpicks to close the rolled roses. Steam them until they are very, very tender but still intact – usually about 20-30 minutes.

Peel the shallots. Use toothpicks to hold them together. Microwave for 1 minute or steam until tender.


Plant-Based Béchamel

Core the peppers and roast them in a 350°F/177°C oven for 15-20 minutes until they soften and collapse. Do not burn. Toss in a blender, add a little water, and blend to create a smooth, dense sauce.


Combine the flour, nutritional yeast, pepper, nutmeg, miso, almond milk, and enough of the pepper sauce to color it as you desire (save some however for your glaze) in a high-speed blender. Run on high for 1 minute. Pour the sauce into the saucepan, heat over a medium-low flame, stirring with a whisk.


In a few minutes, the sauce will begin to thicken. Lower heat and cook for a few minutes more. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. For the pie, we need a fairly dense white sauce to bind the root roses and to facilitate slicing. Taste and correct seasonings if you like.