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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie

I have made Shepherd’s Pie several times in the last few years. To be honest, it has never come out right, which is a shame since it’s a meal that I’ve always liked. The whole “meat” and potatoes thing still appeals to me. I may not want the animal, but I still like the flavor and texture. In this day and age, finding a way to make or buy the “meat” is fairly easily, but it’s only half of the equation in a Shepherd’s Pie. The other half is the gravy. I know you were thinking I was going to say potatoes, but that’s an illusion. 🙂 The real trick is to get the gravy to taste like real beef. It should almost taste like a Salisbury Steak gravy. So how in the world do you get Salisbury Steak gravy from something that has no meat in it? Well, I’ll tell you my secret….Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone. It’s called Kitchen Bouquet. When I was a kid, my family used it to add to the gravy to give it a darker color and add to the flavor. What I didn’t know was how much flavor it actually added and that it has no animal products in it!

Kitchen BouquetBottle of Kitchen Bouquet

It is very concentrated!! A little goes a looooong way! The result is a gravy that is the perfect meat-tasting gravy and super easy to make!! In fact, this whole dish is fairly easy and doesn’t take as long as its meat counterpart. You can also double the recipe and have more leftovers, without too much additional effort. That is, unless you eat it all in one night. And for my family, it was hard not to. My son kept asking for more and I had to cut him off because I was afraid he was going to get a stomach from eating too much. By the way, my son HATES gravy, but he loved this and that’s saying something.

Of course the potatoes have to be right also or the whole things is going to be a flop. Most people who really know me, know that my all-time favorite food is mashed potatoes. The one thing that not everyone adds to their mashed potatoes is sour cream. It makes them so much creamier!! Of course, you still need the milk and margarine to complete the flavor and texture though. Once all three components are put together and baked the results are scrumptious!! My mom, who is not a “meat and potatoes” kind of person also thought this was delicious. So, this Vegan Shepherd’s Pie a winner for everyone!! Perfect for a potluck!!

Shepherd's PieSpread out the potatoes evenly before baking

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Filing:
Cooking Spray
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 pkg. Gardein Beefless Tips
1/2 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen peas

Gravy:
1 1/2 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup vegetable broth
1 tsp Kitchen Bouquet
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried rosemary

Mashed Potatoes:
4 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
2 TBSP vegan margarine
1/2 cup vegan sour cream
2-4 TBSP almond milk
1 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste

Spray a large saute pan with cooking spray, add onions and carrots. Cook on medium heat until softened. While the onions and carrots are cooking, boil potatoes in a large pot. When potatoes are tender, drain and return to pot and cover to keep warm. After onions and carrots are tender, add peas and carrots. Cook until corn and peas are defrosted, then remove to a 9×7 (or similar size) baking pan. Spray saute pan again, if needed. Add Beefless Tips and brown on all sides. When done, remove to cutting board and slice into smaller pieces. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In pot with potatoes, add vegan margarine and mashed into potatoes till melted. Add vegan sour cream and continue mashing. Add milk 1 TBSP at a time, until the right consistency. Add garlic powder and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. To make gravy, return to saute pan. Whisk together oil and flour, over medium heat. Slowly add broth and Kitchen Bouquet, continue whisking until thickened. Whisk in garlic and rosemary. If it gets too thick, whisk in a little water. Add gravy to vegetable mixture and mix well. Spoon potatoes on top and spread out evenly. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 mins or until potatoes are golden brown.

Makes about 6 servings

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