Easy shepherd’s pie anyone?

Are you a Shepherd’s pie fan? Confession, no one in my family likes Shepard’s pie. At least not until I made his one. My middle guy was the only non-convert but hey 4 out of 5 ain’t bad right! this has quickly become a family favourite and with how simple it is to make and meal prep I am super happy about that!

Shepherd’s pie also would make a great meal to bring to a pot luck or an easy holiday recipe.

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Meatless farm ground vegan meat on a cutting board with peeled potatoes and spices

Meatless Farm Mock Meat Sauce Base

There are many ways and recipes to the base of a Shepherd’s pie. If you are sticking to a whole foods diet you could use brown and red lentils in place of the ‘meat’ with the same spices and veggies. BUT I was super excited to try this mock ‘meat’ from Meatless Farm. After checking out their ingredients I knew I wanted to create a recipe that would work perfectly with their meat-free ground!

As a previous meat eater, I was so surprised by how real the meat looked and felt. And the flavour this meatless-ground produced was super delicious. I usually stay away from mock meats because I generally do not feel well after eating them but that was not the case with this meat.

I loved it so much we actually made chili with it twice last week (stay tuned for the recipe)

This blog post is not sponsored, I just wanted to share my experience with this new product and my thoughts on it as a mock meat substitute.

You can find where to buy yours here, or if you are in the U.S check out your local whole foods!

Assembling the pie:

There is no big secret to assembling the pie. When you are cooking the meat sauce make sure it is not too runny or it will not hold it’s shaped as well.

As for the potatoes, you can read about getting it to the right texture and creaminess here. But essentially you want it to be firm enough to hold it’s shaped. So the theme of the day is not to wet (but not so dry that you end up with a block of pie!). The potatoes should be a tad firmer than regular mashed potatoes but the addition of the red lentils will help that tremendously! So don’t fret on that!

Place the meat sauce on the bottom of your oven-safe pan. Then press down gently. then add the potatoes on top and spread with a large spoon. Take a fork and press down to help it take shape. Then using the fork you can make some patterns to the top to give it that classic Shepherd’s pie look.

For an extra crispy top brush on some olive oil to get the tips of the potatoes to be nice and crispy! And it adds a nice flavour to the pie too πŸ™‚

Perfect for the holidays or pot luck parties

And that’s all she wrote! I will be making this over the holidays for sure. This would be an easy crowd-pleasing dish to serve over the holidays. Or an easy dish to make for a pot luck party. It holds it’s shape nicely and is easy enough that you can make two for a larger crowd.

I also made this entire dish and ate it for a few days. It was great up to the last bite so it also stays delicious after a few days in the fridge.

If you want to make ahead, you could always assemble and bake on the day you plan to serve. Just don’t make this to far in advance or the potatoes may dry out!

Alright now on to the recipe and thank you for reading πŸ˜‰ If you make this recipe please like and comment, that would mean a lot to me! And tag me (@at.my.table) with your re-creations so I can share it over on Instagram!

If you are looking for more holiday or party inspired recipes make sure to check out these:

Until then, tchau

Easy Shepherds Pie, Vegan Recipe

Recipe by atmytableCourse: lunch, dinnerCuisine: vegetarian, vegan, gluten freeDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes

This easy shepherds pie recipe is perfect for beginers or seasoned pie eaters. It is made with ground’meat’, peas, corn and a lovely creamy red lentil mashed potato. Ready in an hour it is the perfect family meal, it preps easily and freezes well.

The perfect meal to bring to a pot luck or make when hosting friends and family.

Ingredients

  • ‘Meat’ sauce base
  • 1 package of ground round ‘meat’, I used Meatless Farm for this recipe.

  • 1 white onion, diced

  • 3 garlic coves, minced

  • 1 tbs veggie broth powder or paste

  • 1 tbs oregano

  • 1 tbs italian seasoning

  • 1 tsp all spice

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 cup tomato puree

  • 1 cup frozen corn

  • 1 cup frozen peas

  • Red Lentil Mashed Potato top
  • 5 medium yukon gold potatoes

  • 3/4 cup dry red lentils (2 cups cooked)

  • 2 tbs dry oregano

  • 1 tbs garlic powder

  • 2 tbs vegan butter

  • salt to taste

  • *reserve some of the potato water

Directions

  • ‘Meat’ sauce base
  • To a medium sauce pot sautee the onions in some olive oil until soft. then add in the spices, veggie powder, and garlic and cook for a few minutes. Add in the tomato puree and conitnue to cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add in the gound ‘meat’ and cook for 10 minutes. Next add in the peas and corn and cook for another 2-3 minutes, just to thaw the frozen veggies slightly.
  • Red lentil mashed potato top
  • Wash, peel and dice your potatoes. Then fill a large pot with cold water. Add the potatoes in and a generous amount of salt. Place onto the stovetop and boil until potatoes are fork tender

    Meanwhile add your dry lentils to a pot with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the lentils are soft and mushy.
  • Drain your potatoes very well and add back to the pan. Use a ricer or potato masher to start mashing. Add in the cooked red lentils, salt, oregano and butter and mash to mix. A large fork works best. Add some of the reserved water if the are to dry.
  • Assembling the pie
  • To a oven safe dish add the meat base to the bottom. Pack it slightly to help hold it’s shape. Then scoop the potatoes on top. Use a large spoon to spread evently on top. Then with a fork you can make little lines or a pattern. If you want that nice golden crispy tips then brush a little olive oil onto the potatoes.

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