Tuesday, November 6, 2012

In Recognition of Theodore Douglas: Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Pot Pie

Theodore Douglas (T-Dog) had the good fortune to cross paths with the Atlanta Survivor Group after the Global Apocalypse began. When the Group ran short on supplies, T-Dog was quick to volunteer to return to Atlanta with Glenn and a small team to scavenge. Merle Dixon's drug-fueled, racist rampage almost cost the entire Group their lives; and in the process, Merle himself was left behind.
T-Dog showed the depth of his humanity when he unselfishly volunteered to return to Atlanta one final time to rescue Merle. Though the mission was unsuccessful, T-Dog's compassion and generous spirit won him the respect of Merle's brother Daryl.
When the Group later became separated in the search for Sophia, T-Dog almost lost his life to a septic infection. Glenn accompanied him for treatment at the Greene farm and the Group was finally reunited.
Though still recovering, T-Dog continued to aid the Group in the search. They would soon discover that Sophia had been infected and kept in the Greene's barn all along. As Fall came to Georgia, T-Dog worked with the Group to secure the perimeter of the farm and joined them as they moved into the Greene homestead.
In recognition of Theodore Douglas, the WDSCB presents Sloppy Joe Pot Pie. An adaptation of the classic Southern specialty, this meatless barbecue (under a sesame seed "bun")  is given a modern Georgia twist with the addition of peach preserves. Much like its namesake, this meal is both substantial and sweet and will satisfy even the heartiest appetite in your Group. It's also easy to prepare and can be ready at a moment's notice. 
Just like T-Dog, it is a modern classic.

Sloppy Joe Pot Pie

1-15.5 oz can Manwich (or any brand) Sloppy Joe sauce
1-12 oz. jar Peach Preserves (we used Smuckers)
2-6.4 oz. boxes Fantastic Foods, Vegetarian Chili
    OR 1-10 oz package Bob's Red Mill TVP

"Sesame Seed Bun" Topping:
2 cups Bisquick "Heart Smart" baking mix
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup soy or almond milk
2 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds

For Filling: In large Dutch oven, over medium heat (or medium coals) bring 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Add both packages of Fantastic Foods Vegetarian Chili mix or a whole (10 oz) package of TVP. 

Stir in one can of Manwich (or other brand Sloppy Joe sauce) and one whole jar of Peach Preserves. 

Reduce heat (or raise Dutch oven off the hottest coals) and simmer lightly (stirring VERY often). Check the texture...depending on the TVP product you choose, you may need to add more water. Add 1/4 cup at a time, until the desired texture is reached.

Pour the mixture evenly into a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Preheat oven to 400° or allow heat of campfire coals to get to red-hot while you prepare the topping.

For "Sesame Seed Bun" Topping: In a large bowl, combine baking mix, eggs and soy or almond milk. Stir just until blended (do not over mix). Pour over filling mixture. Sprinkle with Sesame seeds.

Bake (uncovered) in a preheated 400° oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown (and a knife inserted into topping comes out clean.)

Alternately (for campfire cooking) add an extra 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of soy or almond milk to topping mix to create a moister batter. Drop by spoonfuls onto filling to create "dumplings" on top of the filling, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and place over campfire coals. Allow to "cook" for 1/2 hour and check. Rotate pan often as needed. Pot Pie is done when the topping appears dry and spongy and golden brown.

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