I know that I’m about a month and a half too late, but for St. Patrick’s day, I made the best vegan shepherd’s pie ever. Typically when you think of Shepherd’s Pie, you think of the traditional beef, the delicious buttery mashed potatoes, etc. Well – I’m here to tell you that veganizing it made it SO DOPE. Also, the original recipe was supposed to be an hour, but I substituted some ingredients so it cut my cooking time in half. Here’s what you’ll need:
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 c. Gardein beef crumbles
4 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp dry thyme
1 10 oz. bag frozen mixed vegetables
Instant mashed potatoes – seriously! (You can find ones without milk or butter so just jazz it up with some Earth Balance vegan butter :))
Start cooking your mashed potatoes according to directions and then preheat your oven to 425 degrees. In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onions and garlic in olive oil until lightly browned. Add salt and pepper then add the beef crumbles, stock, thyme and stir. Bring to a low boil, reduce then simmer until all the vegetables are nice and tender.
Next, add the frozen veggies, stir, and cover to meld the flavors together. If the mixture seems too runny, add some mashed potatoes to help thicken it up :). Once everything has melded together and your seasoning is to your preference, transfer to your greased 9×13 pan and then top with your mashed potatoes.
As you can see from mine, my mashed potatoes were a little too wet when they went in, so unfortunately we didn’t get that nice golden crust when it came out. Place on a baking sheet to catch the overflow and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are lightly browned.
Let the mixture cool and enjoy!
The best part of this meal was that THE LEFTOVERS WERE JUST AS GOOD AS FRESHLY MADE! It was seriously so delicious! I had it for every meal almost until it was all gone. There was the delicious herbacious aroma from the thyme and the mixed veggies were perfect. The mashed potatoes, even though they didn’t crisp up, made a nice addition the actual mixture since it thickened it up as it all mixed together. This will probably be my go to recipe for any type of Irish holiday and I can’t wait to keep trying new vegetables, possibly new spices and working on my mashed potato execution!