Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Carrot and Mushroom Hand Pies

Um, am I the only one who had no idea Thanksgiving is next week?? I found out yesterday. I honestly cannot believe we're already almost through November.

This year, we're celebrating Thanksgiving with Z's family. His parents rented a house in Cape Cod, and we'll spend a few glorious days relaxing, binge eating, and imbibing. I cannot wait!

These hand pies would make a fantastic addition to any Thanksgiving festivities. They're filling enough to be a vegetarian entree (with some sides), but they'd also make a great appetizer. They're also surprisingly simple to whip up, which makes them ideal for when you're already spending a full day cooking and prepping in the kitchen.

Carrot & Mushroom Hand Pies | The Economical Eater

Carrot & Mushroom Hand Pies
Yields: 8 servings
For the filling:
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-1/2 yellow onion, diced
-4 medium carrots, peeled and diced
-5 white button mushrooms, chopped
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1/8 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
-1 teaspoon ground cumin
-1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme
-Salt and pepper, to taste

For the dough:
-4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-2 teaspoons salt
-1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
-1 cup cold water
-1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water

1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.) Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and cook until it begins to soften, about 4-5 minutes. Add carrots and mushrooms, and cook until carrots begin to soften and mushrooms are browned, about 5-6 minutes.
3.) Add garlic, and cook for about 30 seconds. Then, add nutmeg, cumin, thyme, salt, and pepper; stir, taste for seasonings, and adjust as necessary. Remove pan from heat.

1.) In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Using your fingers, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add just enough cold water so dough comes together.
2.) Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and divide in half. Knead each half 2 or 3 times to form smooth balls.
3.) Cut each ball into four equal pieces. Cover with plastic; let stand until slightly risen, 20 minutes. Shape into balls.

Hand Pies:
1.) On a floured surface, roll out each piece of dough into an 8-inch round. Divide filling evenly among rounds, spreading it over half of each and leaving a 1/2-inch border.
2.) Brush border of bottom halves with water; fold top halves over filling to close completely. Press edges to seal with your fingertips, then crimp firmly with a fork.
3.) Place hand pies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush tops with egg wash, avoiding crimped edges. Bake until golden brown, about 30 to 40 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.

Carrot & Mushroom Hand Pies | The Economical Eater

I loved these buttery, flaky pies filled with sweet carrots and "meaty" mushrooms. The hint of fresh nutmeg also gave these an almost autumn-like flavor, too. I clearly over-kneaded my dough, which is why my pies look a little extra rustic, but just follow the directions above and you should be good to go.

What are you doing for Thanksgiving this year?


  1. Yum! These look great.

    Thanksgiving seems to have come out of nowhere this year, even though it's later then usual. It's weird. We're just having a small family gathering -- the three of us and my mom. Should be nice, but I like your plans better!

    1. A small family gathering sounds lovely. Enjoy!

  2. Even though it's late in the month, Thanksgiving definitely popped up all of the sudden! I only felt better about it when I heard a girl on the T telling her boyfriend that Thanksgiving is this week and momentarily panicked.

    I would definitely eat these hand pies year round!!


  3. Thanksgiving has totally crept up on me, too! We're also heading to the cape this year to do Thanksgiving with some family friends...I also can't wait!

    And these look wonderful!

  4. These sound great. I'm trying to come up with a hearty vegetarian side for Thanksgiving. I am thinking some sort of quinoa dish. We're doing Thanksgiving day at Jeff's parents' and then having my family over Saturday.

  5. I just made hand pies, too! But the sweet variety :) I can't believe Thanksgiving is exactly a week away!!