One of our neighbors generously shared some of their fresh, homegrown zucchini with us! We had not cooked with zucchini before, so Mom looked on the Internet for some recipes that used zucchini. She found a few, and we tried this one first. With a bit of modifying, this beef/zucchini pot pie turned out excellently, and every one greatly enjoyed it!
Beef/Zucchini Pot Pie
Pastry for 2 crust pie, homemade or purchased
1 lb ground beef
1 rib celery
5 mini carrots
1 small zucchini
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ cup tomato sauce
½ cup (heaping) Parmesan cheese
1 scant teaspoon dried leaf thyme
2 tsp ground garlic
1 tsp garlic powder/to taste
1 tsp onion powder/ to taste
1 tsp cumin/ to taste
1 tsp chili powder/ to taste
1 ½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
Prepare pie crust; divide dough in half for top and bottom crust. Wrap dough portions in plastic wrap; chill for about 30 minutes (a little longer is fine). Prepare filling. In large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef. In a mini food processer chop/grind onion, celery, carrots, and zucchini (I put in a little of the tomato sauce to help it grind better!) Drain excess fat from meat leaving a few teaspoons (there wasn’t much fat when I made ours so I just left it). Add ground onion, celery, carrots, garlic, and zucchini, into the pan with meat. Cook, stirring often! Add spices. Cook until softened about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in flour; stir and cook for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. Set aside while rolling dough.
Roll half of chilled dough out on a floured surface to a circle about 12 inches in diameter; place on an ungreased pie pan. Spoon beef filling into the dough circle. Roll out remaining dough to a circle about 11 inches; place over filling. Fold edges of bottom crust circle over the top circle; pinch to seal all around.
Bake beef pot pie at 400 degrees for about 50 minutes. After cooking about 30 minutes, cover with foil for remaining time if the crust is becoming too brown. Cool 5 minutes before serving.
“He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth” (Psalm 104:14).