Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Vegan Shepherd's Pie

Fine, fine. I know this isn't the most beautiful picture in the world - it's not like every meal can be as pretty as a bowl of Couscous + Black Bean Salad - but I couldn't let that stop me from posting it here. (Although I'm still not sure what made me think that veganizing a traditional, English, meat-based dish was a good idea...)

Anyway, despite appearances, this Vegan Shepherd's Pie is quite tasty. It's also really hardy, which makes it great for those times when you're craving something extra-filling. (That also makes it a nice dish for those who are non-vegetarians.) Although the lentil/nut mixture is flavorful, the mashed potato topping is definitely my favorite part of the meal. And while I've never actually had a traditional Shepard's Pie before, I do feel confident in saying that my veg pie fits the bill for "comfort" food.

So, don't be too quick to judge a book by its cover (or in this case, a meal by its picture). I'm sure glad that I wasn't.

Recipe: Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie
(printer-friendly version)

1/2 cup uncooked brown lentils, sorted & rinsed
1/4 cup pearl barley
1 tsp. Marmite, or other yeast extract spread
2 cups vegetarian broth
1 large carrot, diced
1/2 large onion, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 tsp. white all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. water
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup frozen corn
mashed potatoes made from 4 potatoes (according to your favorite recipe)

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) In a large sauce pan, over medium-low heat, simmer lentils, barley, yeast extract, & veg broth for 15 mins.
3.) After 15 mins., add carrot, onion, garlic, & walnuts to the lentil pot, simmering for 15 mins. more. If the mixture starts drying out, add a splash or two of additional veg broth.
4.) Combine the flour & water, & stir it into the mixture, simmering until thickened.
5.) Season the mixture with salt & pepper. Remove pan from heat, & add the peas & corn.
6.) Pour the mixture into a 2 Qt. casserole dish, spooning the mashed potatoes on top.
7.) Bake for about 30 mins., or until the potatoes are lightly browned on top.
vegan shepherd's pie

1 comment:

  1. It has a mashed potato crust, it can't be bad! Don't feel bad, my goulash photo looks like something an ill dog did on the carpet.


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