Do you ever get vegetable amnesia?

You look into the fridge or pantry and can’t for the life of you remember what you were planning to do with that one sweet potato or those chives or that ridiculous fennel bulb?

Yeah? Me, too!

But I’ve finally found a treatment: Vegetable Cobbler.

Basically, you round up your wayward vegetables, sauté and simmer them into a thick vegetable stew, pour the stew into a baking dish, and top it with mounds of herbed biscuit dough. When the cobbler comes out of the oven, that biscuit topping is golden and crusty on top, but underneath, it’s drinking in all of that vegetable gravy.

Fill up your bowl for a one-dish meatless meal, or serve it as a side with roast chicken or turkey.

It’ll give you that warm “pot pie feeling” without all of the butter and cream. Or the stent.

Vegetable Cobbler

Adapted from “Moosewood Restaurant New Classics”

Feel free to substitute the vegetables in the recipe for your favorites – sliced celery, cut-up asparagus spears, diced red bell pepper, diced butternut squash, cut-up green beans, etc.

Serves 6

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (or butter)
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped onions
  • 1 fennel bulb, core removed, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2 or 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 to 5 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped sweet potatoes (or butternut squash)
  • 2 cups chopped potatoes
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped carrots (or parsnips)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen green peas
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of hot sauce (optional)
    Biscuit Topping:

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill (or any herb you have on hand)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  2. Warm the oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot. Add the onions, fennel and garlic, cover, and cook on medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the salt, thyme, crushed red pepper flakes, mushrooms and mustard. Cook until the mushrooms start to release their juices, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the sweet potato, white potato, carrot, black pepper and water or stock, and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the vegetables are just tender.
  5. Stir the dissolved cornstarch mixture into the simmering vegetables, stirring constantly. When the liquid starts to thicken, mix in the peas, corn, soy sauce and salt. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. (You can also add a dash of hot sauce.)
  6. Pour the vegetables into the prepared baking dish, and set aside.
  7. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, mix together the melted butter and buttermilk or yogurt. Combine the wet and dry ingredients with as few strokes as possible to make a soft dough.
  8. Drop the biscuit batter over the vegetables in the dish in six equal mounds. Sprinkle the dill over the dough.
  9. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of a biscuit comes out clean. Serve immediately.