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vegan shepherd's pie

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie – A Cosy Hearty Holiday Meal

The holidays are coming. This is the time when we want warming comforting hearty cosy meals. We want to keep it plant-based but on the other hand we want to spoil ourselves a bit because it’s a time of celebration after all. A great plant-based main star of cosy holiday evening is this delicious Vegan Shepherd’s Pie that just hits all the right spots. Serve it with green beans, roasted carrots, roasted Brussels spouts and extra vegan gravy and you’ll have a beautiful complete holiday meal.

Recipe Vegan Shepherd’s Pievegan shepherd's pie

Ingredients

Potato layer:

6 large potatoes
5 cloves of roasted garlic
a dash of olive oil or a spoon of vegan butter
a dash of unsweetened almond milk without vanilla
1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 F. Put the garlic with the skin in the oven to roast for 15 min. Peel the potatoes and cook until soft. Drain the potatoes, at them back to the pan. Take the garlic out of the oven, peel them and add to the potatoes. Add the olive oil, dash of almond milk, salt and pepper and mash everything together. Put the mashed potatoes aside.


Gravy:

10 oz mushrooms chopped
1 large chopped onion
3 cloves of garlic (chopped)
3.5 tablespoons rice flour
2 tablespoons of soy sauce, tamari or 1 large tablespoon of miso paste
1 cup unsweetened almond milk without vanilla
1 cup of water
1.4 cup of mushroom cooking liquid
pinch of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of cumin powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
add salt and black pepper to taste

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chopped mushrooms and cook until liquid comes out. Take the liquid out of the pan and put aside. Add a little drizzle of oil add the onion and cook until mushrooms brown and onions are golden. Add the flour and spices and mix in and toast for 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the soy sauce or tamari. Add the milk, water and mushroom liquid, salt and bring to a boil. Keep stirring. It will take more or less 5 minutes to thicken. Taste and adjust the flavor and/or thickness of the gravy.

NOTE: make double the amount if you want to have extra gravy on the side of the shepherd’s pie.
The gravy can also be made without mushrooms. instead of using water, use vegetable stock in this case.


Lentil filling

250 grams of lentils
1/3 cup of green peas
1/2 cup of carrots chopped in small cubes
1/2 cup of chopped celery

Cook the lentils and drain well. While the lentils are half way cooked, add the peas, carrots and celery to the mushroom gravy and let it cook in the gravy until the lentils are done. If the gravy gets too thick add some water and/or almond milk. Add the cooked lentils to the gravy mix.

Grease a standard size oven casserole dish (9×13 inches) with some olive oil. Add the lentil gravy mix and spread it out evenly. Then layer the mashed potatoes evenly over the lentils. Drizzle some olive oil over the mashed potato layer and let it brown in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

Happy Holidays!

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