I’m not usually one to call anything “perfect”, but this recipe for a shepherd’s pie I made recently is pretty damn close.
Shepherd’s Pie is a popular dish in my household, and my family and I have been eating it for years, so needless to say I was very keen to be able to recreate a cruelty-free version. I initially tried a version with vegan mince while using the same flavouring that my family has used for years, but it was only after that I noticed there was milk protein in the mix. Note: Always read the label!
This latest one with flavouring I made from scratch is a real winner. It has that lovely salty, smokey aroma to it and it can be eaten with vegan mince or with just the vegetables – either way, it’s delicious!
2 large carrots
1 red onion
1 cup of marrowfat peas
1 vegetable stock cube
Vegan mince (optional)
Half teaspoon each of turmeric, cayenne paper, parsley and oregano
2 tblspn soy sauce
1 tspn coconut oil
Cut up your veg into small to medium sized pieces.
Throw the onion, carrot and parsnip into your pot and add the spices and soy sauce. Mix.
Pour water into the pot so that the vegetables are just submerged (don’t add too much, you don’t want the mix too watery) and add the vegetable stock cube.
Place your potatoes (which can be skinned or not, it’s up to you) in a steamer and cook them for approx. half an hour.
In another pot, add boiling water to the cup of marrowfat peas to soften. This won’t take long so keep an eye on them as they can go mushy.
Stir the main pot regularly and add in the vegan mince as the vegetables start to soften. This is totally optional as the pie tastes delicious with or without the meat alternative.
Line a casserole dish with coconut oil.
Once the vegetables in the main pot have softened to your preference, drain the marrowfat peas and add them to the mix.
Pour the mix into the casserole dish.
Mash your potatoes with dairy-free butter and add some rice/oat milk to make the mash extra smooth.
Spade the mash into the casserole dish and spray with some vegetable oil so the top can crisp up in the oven.
Place dish in the oven at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the edges turn brown.