I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegan food and recipes into my little blog and I would like to be plan a weekly recipe to share on ohdeardrea. “Meatless Mondays” would be the obvious choice that makes the most sense, but it is now Tuesday. And I am not the most structured blogger for set-up-scheduled posts (I like my freedom). So let’s just agree that Tuesday is the new Monday and “Meatless Tuesdays” is a brilliant idea (for this week).
Shepard’s pie is wonderful. Why? Because: It’s incredibly simple, filling, comforting, and great for leftovers. I always try to stay away from mock meat, but sometimes it really is easier. But, so you know, I’ve also made this dish with tvp and tempeh— both of those just take a bit more time and patience… which I did not have Saturday. There are a million variations to shepard’s pie, but this is how I make it, because it makes me feel at home:
Wash and cut potatoes into similar size pieces. Peel em’ if you like, but I prefer the skins. (&I HATE peeling potatoes.) Place in pot of water. Bring to low boil and cook until nice and soft.
Drain water. Mash potatoes. Whip a large amount of milk (I use almond) and butter (I use vegan earth balance) into potatoes. Salt and pepper to taste.
Chop veggies. I had mushrooms, red onion, and carrots in my fridge. So, that’s what got used. I did not have garlic &it was sad, but not heartbreaking since the meal still came out delicious.
Saute in olive oil over a medium heat. Add fresh some fresh herbs if you’ve got em.
Pour in some red wine and let it cook down. I also added in spices: cumin, oregano, thyme, and a bit of chili.
Add in meat, mock-meat, or protein of your choice. I used: vegan boca crumbles. I then added in a bit of frozen peas and a bit of vegetable stock to add more moisture to the “meat”. Cook and stir for a bit longer.
Layer in an oven friendly dish.
I also have a layer of canned corn because this is how my grandma made it for me as a child &grandma knows what’s up.
Top with a layer of potatoes. I then poured a little melted butter on top and sprinkled nutritional yeast on the top. (Not necessary, unless you want to be a bit of a fatty mc fat fat that day). Place under broiler until the top is a crisp golden brown.
Serve and enjoy!