Natchitoches Umami Pies
(Makes about 20 small pies)
1 cup dry black beans
2 cups broth
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup finely diced onion (about half of one large)
1/2 cup finely diced celery (about one large rib)
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup finely diced carrot (about two medium)
1 cup finely diced sweet potato (about one small)
1/4 cup chopped pickled cherry peppers (about 4-5)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon flour
Pie Crust Dough (recipe follows)
Egg wash (one beaten egg mixed with one tablespoon water)
Yogurt Chimichurri (recipe follows)
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (for garnish)
Place the dry black beans, two cups of broth, allspice, thyme, and garlic powder in a medium sauce pan over high heat. No need to soak the beans first. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer for an hour or until the beans are tender. In a 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, sauté the onion and celery until translucent and beginning to brown. Deglaze the pan with the wine and reduce until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the carrot, potato, peppers, and soy. Cook for five minutes stirring frequently. Add the cooked beans and any broth left in the pot. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to incorporate. This should tighten up any juices in the pan. Using a potato masher, lightly mash half of the mixture. Mix. Set mixture aside to cool.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out on a floured surface to approximately a 12 x 16 inch rectangle. Using a drinking glass, cut as many circles out of the dough as you can. Pick up a disk of dough and place it into the palm of your hand. Spoon one to one and a half tablespoons of filling into the center of the round. Fold both ends up so it looks like a little taco. Pinch the open sides together with your fingers until sealed. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat until all dough has been used. Place in the oven for 20 minutes. Brush the tops with egg wash and return pies to the oven for another fifteen to twenty minutes or until lightly browned.
To serve, place pies on a serving platter alongside the Yogurt Chimichurri sauce. Garnish with smoked paprika.
Pie Crust Dough
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup organic shortening
1/3 cup organic shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
about 1/2 cup cold water
Place the all-purpose flour, shortening, and salt into the food processor. Turn it on and allow it to run for a few seconds so the shortening becomes incorporated into the flour. Add the cold water one teaspoon at a time until the dough comes together by forming itself into a ball and rolling around the inside of the work bowl. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to rest for 20 minutes.
2 cups loosely packed parsley
1-2 cloves garlic
juice from 1 lemon (1 tablespoon)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 cup 2% Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
cracked black pepper to taste
Place parsley, garlic, lemon juice, and sugar into the work bowl of your food processor. Drizzle in the olive oil slowly as the food processor runs. Add the yogurt, salt, and pepper. Blend until very smooth. Place into a small serving dish and place in the fridge until ready to serve.