Sunday, September 30, 2007

Vicki's vegan version of the Idaho Potato Tart

Here's a savory side-dish made with our state's pride & joy... the potato. I modified this recipe from the Idaho Potato Commission.

5 med. Idaho potatoes (red or white)

1 leek (or a bunch of green onions)
1 red bell pepper
sundried tomato pesto
1/2 c vegetable broth
Earth Balance
fresh ground pepper



1. Preheat oven to 425*
2. Slice potatoes very thinly using a food processor or mandoline and divide them into 3 equal parts. Do the same with leeks & red pepper.
3. Oil a pie pan with vegetable oil and layer one third of the potatoes in the pan. Spread a layer of pesto over potatoes. Top with leeks, red pepper and sprinkle with some fresh ground pepper.




4. Place another third of the potatoes on top, layering evenly. Add another layer of pesto, leeks, red pepper, and fresh ground pepper.
5. Top with the last third of potatoes, spreading to cover. Pour vegetable broth over all; season with pepper and dot with Earth Balance.
5. Oil the bottom of another pie plate and place on top of the potatoes. Weigh that down with a cast iron skillet. Bake for 1 hour. Remove the skillet and pie pan and bake for another 15 minutes until browned.


Let it cool a bit before serving and it'll slice better. Cover with tin foil and keep in a 200* oven until company arrives, or take it with you to the vegan potluck. It's easily transportable and great to make ahead of time.

Perhaps that's what I'll do next weekend at my first vegan potluck! I found a group after reading on Amey's blog about Meet-up. Go and search your city for a vegan group, or start your own. What dish has been successful for you at a vegan pot luck?

21 comments:

laura jesser said...

Wow, Vicki... That pie sure looks good. I rarely think to cook potatoes, and I have no idea why. I'm going to make this, soon.

We have a vegetarian meetup group here in Atlanta, but I haven't been to any of their gatherings yet. I went to a vegan potluck once, and I made an edamame salad that managed to turn some heads! I'm sure your pie will do the same. :)

Theresa said...

That tart looks great, but I'm laughing at the stack of pans in the oven. This is the baking equivalent of sitting on your suitcase to squish everything in :)

maybepigscanfly said...

Wow Vicki that potato tart looks great. I was just thinking too that I need to use my potatoes tomorrow before they go bad. I figured I'd just roast them up, but this sounds way more fun and fancy! Thanks!

Veganista said...

Wow! Looks amazing, Vicki! I reckon an omni would never guess it was vegan, at least not from the look of it! A vegan potluck sounds like a fantastic idea.

Nikk said...

That looks delicious!

Mihl said...

I love potato tart! Thank you for sharing your Idaho version. I will definitely soon try this as I haven't made a potato tart in a long time.

Vegan_Noodle said...

What a fun tart! And I'm guessing Idaho potatoes are a must :-)

Although I've only been to one vegan meetup potluck, I had success with the mustard and maple glazed potatoes and green beans from VWAV. Good lcuk and have fun!

The Little Vegan said...

Just beautiful!

aTxVegn said...

The tart is lovely, Vicki! You should definitely take it to the meetup.

VeggieGirl said...

oooh, what a GORGEOUS potato tart - that will definitely become a favorite at the potluck. I haven't had the pleasure of attending any vegan potlucks, but I'd most likely bring one of my pasta dishes or baked goods.

Johanna3 said...

looks very yummy!

Midwest Vegan said...

We have a meet-up near here but I've been a little hesitant because my co-worker said the whole group is raw and in their early 20's so Im very interested to see how your first meeting goes.

Potato Tart -- yum-o (to borrow from Rachel Ray). I love anything with potatoes!

VegMomma said...

That looks so great! Thanks for th recipe! I can't wait to try it. Maybe for Thanksgiving this weekend!

Kris said...

Oh my, that looks heavenly! I'm a sucker for anything involving potatoes- and it's so pretty!

bazu said...

that is so pretty! I can't get enough potatoes.

julie said...

beauuuutiful! i'll have to make this soon! thanks vicki :)

urban vegan said...

I think the French call this dish Pommes Anna. I think we should rename it Pommes Vicki.

Vivacious Vegan said...

That looks so delicious and filling. I saw this article in the USA Today newspaper the other day about Idaho. Did you see it?

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-09-26-Idaho_N.htm?csp=34

Dr. Melissa West, Lifestyle Coach said...

Wow Vicki! That looks fantastic. I love how the potatoes browned on the top! Delicious. Thanks for the recipe. This looks perfect for a Thanksgiving take along!

vko said...

delicious & gorgeous! lucky potluckers to be...

Tanya Kristine said...

talk about comfort food. anything with potatoes is okay in my book...