Our California Christmas dinners are becoming traditional (i.e. I did this year sort of what I did last year- but with some very important updates). For Christmas Eve, I make a Tofurkey (store bought). As good as the Tempeh Meat Loaf, Salsbury Seitan and other recent homemade discoveries are- we are conditioned as a family from years and years Tofurkeys- to want that for the holidays. So, the 24th was that.
Then the 25th, I make a pot pie with the left overs. Also, this year, on the 24th, I made "Golden Gravy" from pg 69 of the RFD book (I was never a gravy person- but this stuff is AMAZING!). So for the Christmas Day pot pie, we had the following mash-up of recipes and ingredients:
Crust: "Sister's Pie Crust" from the Compassionate Cook
Gravy: RFD's "Golden Gravy" (in lieu of the gravy in the Ellen pot pie recipe (HERE) They're pretty different. The Ellen gravy is just flour, broth, onions, garlic, salt and pepper. The Golden Gravy has all that except the broth and plus spices, tamari and nutritional yeast. So the RFD stuff has a bit more zing.
Protein: Instead of the Gardein that the recipe calls for, I used left over Tofurkey (cubed) and at Davey's suggestion, shoved the stuffing in too
So... in spite of being terribly nervous that I'd ruin Christmas, this was AMAZING! It has so much more flavor than the standard way of making it, which has always been really good- but a hint bland. In fact, the gravy got to be a tad too intense at times, but on the whole, it was really excellent. It was a jazzed up version of the normal pot pie which is really fitting for a holiday meal! Especially when followed by a SUGAR COOKIE or two!