Monday, October 12, 2009

How To Make Charcoal

This is one of those recipes where you should not follow my directions!
In fact, don't even bother making this.
It was gross, even before I burnt it up in the oven for 9 1/2 hours.
Yes, 9.5 hours.
The recipe is from Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates - Vegetable Pot Pie page 218
There are a lot of ingredients and a ton of steps and to make matters worse it messes up the whole kitchen.

So, if you still want to make this.
Foolish, foolish (shaking head ruefully).
1 Tbs. veg. oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
2 bay leaves
2 1/2 cups cubed potatoes
1 cup veg. stock
2 cups cut green beans
3 cups peeled cubed butternut squash
2 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
3 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 Tbs chopped fresh dill (BAD! BAD! - This tastes horrible! Dill ruined the whole dish!)
Saute the veg. and then discard the bay leaves. Cover the veg. and set aside.

Next, make a roux or cheese sauce.
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup white flour
2 cups veg. stock
1 1/2 cups grated cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter - whisk in flour - add veg. stock - whisk until thickened - add cheese

Pour into a 9x 13 x 2 inch greased dish
Bake at 375 degree
for 30 mins until bubbly.

Now if you are following MY recipe (please don't!)
bake for 9 and 1/2 hours.
Just pop it in, go to work and forget about it.
When you come home you will have
perfectly toasted ........




  1. How did it taste? Maybe not nine and a half hours. It sounds wonderful until that last part.

  2. I agree with Gail.. looks great until the last part?????

  3. ROTFL! I'm sorry but that is hilarious. This is veggies with cheese sauce right? 9.5 hours??? Even slow cooked lamb would be charcoal by then. But hon, I burnt pasta today so I'm soooo not judging. *L*