Saturday, January 20, 2007

Potato-Leek Piroshkis

Tonight I made a recipe from "Passionate Vegetarian," a HUGE cookbook by Crescent Dragonwagon. I've been aware of this book for a while, and recently found it at my local used book store. Hoorah! I also picked up "Vegan Planet" - and I got both using some of my trade credit. :)

So, Musty was coming home from his big trip tonight, and I wanted to make something fun and special, so I made "Potato Leek Piroshkis" - YUM! Best of all, I had the ingredients and didn't have to go out. These were SO good... in particular the filling itself is just criminally tasty, and I could have eaten it on its own by the spoonful. In fact, there is a bowl left in the fridge, and I look forward to eating it. hee hee. This recipe made 16 of these little yumsters, so we baked 10 and put 6 in the freezer for later baking. The flavor is fantastic - potatoes, leeks, cabbage, fresh dill, 2 heads of roasted garlic!, dijon mustard... oh it's so rich and flavorful.

With these we also had some big, scrumptious, baked-to-caramelized-perfection butternut squash rounds. Nice to have my buddy home again!


  1. The potato-leek piroshkis sound so delicious. Yum! That's great you found some veg books to buy at the used bookstore. I love used books, especially cookbooks. It's a weakness of mine (along with the vintage kitchenware). Thanks for the nice comment on my blog. I love finding new vegan blogs to read. Have you been to Ruthie's blog yet? She loves vintage pyrex too! VeganRuthie

  2. *envious* Wow, those look great. The ingredients list you mentioned makes it a sure bet that I'd love them! :) I worry about things like this though that they take a long time to prepare. How did you feel about preparation? I never use dough like that, so I'm sure I would be fighting it to get them as cute as yours came out! lol! :)

  3. Hi Emmy,
    yeah! I also love used books. Our big local bookstore here in town also recently started accepting used books - and you can use your trade credit for new books! wow! I took in a bunch of stuff and got $80... so looks like I've got some new cookbooks on my horizon. Also, Thanks for the ruthie tip off! It's so fun to know that there are other Pyrex-loving Vegan fans!

    Hi Candi!
    Oh these really weren't very hard to make at all... especially the filling is quite easy. And really, the dough was easy too. Because of the dough and the baking, it was a longer prep time meal. All in all it was about 1.5 hours - but that included rising dough and baking time... so I also washed all the dishes and stuff like that. Anyway, I think that the filling is great on it's own, and that would cut down on a lot of the prep time.

    :) Amey

  4. Man, I need to find me a used bookstore! I have quite a few cookbooks that I don't use and was just going to donate them to the library.

    Those turnovers look great! I've normally made calzone-style ones, but I really like the potato-leek idea. Yum!

  5. You made so much amazing food in the last few days! But I'm sure now you're glad to have Musty back! I love Piroshkis... any kind of dough stuffed with any kind of warm gooey filling is heaven for me, really!

  6. That's great that Musty's back! Yum, piroshkis and roasted butternut squash--that sounds like a great way to celebrate to me!

  7. Those piroshkis look and sound so good. I know Musty enjoyed returning home to such a special dinner.

  8. Anonymous7:59 AM

    I just saw that book at the library but after getting so many other books, the thought of lugging that monster home wasn't too appealing. I'll definitely pick it up at my next trip - although I'm not sure Marty would be very fond of the 2 heads of roasted garlic but I sure would.

  9. Anonymous12:08 PM

    those look amazing. I love when you make extras and have them hidden away in the freezer from when you don't have the will to cook!

  10. LOL I love how you said "Thanks for the ruthie tip off"!! That's the best thing I've heard ALL DAY!

    I love used books too. I brought home a suitcase full of books when I went home for Christmas! :)

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Crescent Dragonwagon's book. I checked it out of the library in my old town so many times. I think it's so great and creative! I especially love the recipes for weird things like Dragon Salt (I think that's what it's called!) Have you read the story in the beginning about her husband? It will make you cry. Well, it made me cry, but I cry during commercials and sunsets and stuff. :)

  11. Hi Sara!
    Thanks for coming to my blog! Yes, you *definitely* need to find yourself a used bookstore!! It is so exciting to turn in old books, and get credit for "new" books!

    Hi Bazu!
    Yes, I agree: stuffed bready goodies are heavenly! YUM-ola!

    Hi Laura!
    Yes, it's nice to have Musty home again... and we had a fun welcome-home celebration. :)

    Hi ATXvegan!
    The piroskis are very yum... I think it seems like something you would like - if you just made the filling it would be all gluten free too!

    Hi VivV!
    Yes, I think this book is worth bringing home - even though it is a fatty. It has SO MANY nice looking recipes in it. I can't wait to explore it some more. :) Also, the roasted garlic is actually totally subtle in the overall flavor, very mild somehow!

    Hi Megan!
    Yeah, it's SO nice to have the little frozen goodies for the nights when you want something homemade, but don't feel like cooking (or don't have time).

    Hi Ruthie!
    Yay! I can't wait to learn which recipes you like from this cookbook. I've only just got it - and there's a LOT to see! No, I haven't read the story about her husband, but I will, and I'm sure it will also make me cry. :)

    thanks friends!

  12. there is a small mom n'pop shop near me that ONLY sells these things. it's great -- they're piled EVERYWHERE and all in the window.

  13. Dang Linda,
    That sounds like a pretty freaking cool mom-n-pop store!! Yumola!


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