Upland Cress Salad with Winter Root Vegetable Pot Pie

Upland Cress Salad with Winter Root Vegetable Pot Pie
Bryan Chan, Los Angeles Times

Upland Cress is not just any leafy green. Unlike the smooth, mellow taste of Butter Lettuce, Upland Cress has a bright, spicy flavor. If you’re looking for some zing in your salad, Upland Cress is your green. Today we’ll show you how to dress up your Upland Cress and make a fantastic pot pie to go with it.

If you choose to make the accompanying pot pie with this recipe, then you’re in for a bit more work than our usual recipes. However, we guarantee all the hard work will be worth it when you taste this delectable, savory sensation from Chef Samir Mohajer of Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen. This is the perfect dish for a fancy special occasion dinner or a special treat just because.

Here’s the list of what you need to make 4 servings:

Béchamel, spicy cress salad and assembly

  • 2 ounces Live Gourmet Upland Cress
  • 1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Scant 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped shallots
  • 3/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon best-quality olive oil
  • Sea salt

Cream cheese dough

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • Scant 1 cup flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Root vegetables

  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 baby turnips, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 fingerling potatoes cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 pearl onions, peeled and cut in half
  • Sprig of thyme
  • 1/4 cup best-quality olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch baby Swiss chard, cut roughly into 2-inch strips
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 shallot, peeled and finely chopped

You can read through the complete recipe and cooking instructions on the LA Times website right here: Upland Cress with Pot Pie Recipe.

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