Jan 13, 2011

seitan and kidney bean pie

European Night

Steak and Kidney Pie, a British comfort food is literally made with steak and kidneys - often that of a cow, lamb or pig. It is cooked in a brown gravy with onions and Worcestershire sauce and topped with a crust of some sort - pastry, shortcrust or puff.

Interesting to note, the only vegetable in the traditional pie is the onion. Well, there are plenty of other dishes with veggies in them - no need to crowd this one full of 'em!

Keeping true to the dish, I made my Seitan and Kidney Bean Pie with Firm Seitan (beef-y), but replaced the kidneys with the obvious substitution of kidney beans. 

Adding some flavor to this dish, I caramelized my onions first and then added the dredged seitan to be seared. Dredging the seitan makes sure I had the flour in the dish needed to thicken the sauce. I deglazed (added wine to the pan to help loosen the brown bits on the bottom and then allowed it to mostly evaporate to cook off the alcohol) the pan and added the beans and broth. While you would need to cook this for about an hour if it were meat, I just had to simmer it for a few minutes to marry the flavors.

I used a whole wheat herb crust as the top crust of the pie and served it with a green salad.

Cost Breakdown

onion: $1
flour, herbs, spices: $2
coconut oil (crust): $1
seitan: $3
beans: $1
wine, broth: $1 
salad: $3
Total to make 6 servings:


  1. I've never heard of such a pie, but it looks kind of like a pot pie, no?

  2. Thanks, Tender Branson!

    Yes, Tiffany, it is like a pot pie, but using almost no veggies.

  3. Thanks for the post! it's the first time that i hear of such a pie - looks delicious :) ehhmmm :)) I'm thinking about adding garlic to it, what do you think? thank you.

  4. Seitan, you can't go wrong with garlic! I am a garlic addict, so it was difficult for me to omit it. You, however, don't have to. Go for it!


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