I’ve made it numerous times and it is always a hit; use store-bought vegan pie crust or use the recipe below to make your own. Combining the most prominent flavours of the holiday season—namely savoury thyme, crisp cranberries, spinach, and hearty chickpeas—this dish is guaranteed to satisfy; it’s my go-to holiday recipe! This recipe is from Canadian cookbook author Dreena Burton
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup onion, diced
- 3/4 cup celery, diced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 14-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed (reserving 1/4 cup)
- 3/4 cup walnuts
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons tamari
- 1–1/4 cups frozen chopped spinach
- 3–1/2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 9-inch prepared whole-wheat pie shell, thawed
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil (for brushing)
- 1 teaspoon tamari (for brushing)
- 2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped (garnish)
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (garnish)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery, garlic, salt, and pepper, and cook for 7 to 9 minutes until onions soften and begin to caramelize. Set aside.
- In a food processor, add chickpeas (except 1/4 reserved cup), walnuts, lemon juice, and tamari, and pulse to lightly chop (do not purée). Remove half of chopped mixture from food processor and transfer to a large bowl.
- Transfer sautéed onions to the remaining mixture in food processor. Purée until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
- Transfer purée to bowl with lightly chopped chickpea and walnut mixture. Add spinach, cranberries, parsley, thyme, and cup of reserved chickpeas. Stir to combine and transfer to prepared pie shell, spreading evenly.
- Combine oil and tamari, and brush on top of pie and crust. Sprinkle with walnuts.
- Bake for 33 to 38 minutes until lightly browned. Half way through baking cover the edge of the crust with tin foil to keep it from getting too brown
- Garnish with parsley, cut in wedges, and serve.