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French - Leek Pie

40 mins
Serves 4
Savoury pancakes

Vegetarianism is growing rapidly in New Zealand, but other parts of the world have had meat-free cuisines for centuries. For a rich and varied plant-based diet, talk to Chinese, Indians, Mexicans… Our wonderful volunteers have shared authentic recipes from around the world. Most of these recipes were traditionally vegan, but some were meat-based recipes that have been ‘veganised’. We have collected 31 recipes from 31 different countries to share with you – one for each day of October, World Vegetarian Month.

Here is a recipe from France.

Thanks to Diana Dunningham Chapotin for the recipe.


  • Six large leeks
  • A red or yellow onion
  • Almond butter
  • Arrowroot
  • Pastry (circular-shaped pre-packaged one!)
  • A handful of pine nuts


  1. Lightly grill some pine nuts in a pan without oil. Set aside.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.
  3. Finely chop the leeks and the onion and steam them together.
  4. Transfer to a large bowl.
  5. Stir in a dessertspoonful of almond paste and three dessertspoonsful of ‘No Egg’ or arrowroot.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Place the pastry into a shallow round pie dish and prick it with a fork.
  8. Spread the mixture onto the pastry.
  9. Topping: Spread the grilled pine nuts on top of the mixture. Put in the oven at 200°C until the pastry is brown.
  10. Optional: Put a sheet of aluminium foil lightly on top to avoid the pastry burning. The foil It should barely touch the pie.
  11. Accompany with a tomato salad.