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Ultimate Vegan Shepherd Pie

 Vegan Shepherd Pie


600 g Maris Piper potatoes

600 g sweet potatoes

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

40 g dairy-free margarine

1 onion

2 carrots

3 cloves of garlic

2 sticks of celery

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

olive oil

½ a small bunch of thyme

350 g chestnut mushrooms

12 sun-dried tomatoes

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

vegan red wine

100 ml organic vegetable stock

1 x 400 g tin of lentils

1 x 400 g tin of chickpeas

5 sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

zest of 1 lemon

30 g fresh breadcrumbs



1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.

2. Peel and chop all the potatoes into chunks, rough 2 cm. Place the Maris Pipers into a large pan of cold water (salted) over a medium heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender. Add the sweet potatoes after 5 minutes. Drain and let it stand to steam dry. When already dry, return the potatoes to the pan with the dairy-free margarine and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mash until smooth; set aside.

3. Peel and finely slice the onion, carrots and 2 garlic cloves, then trim and finely slice the celery. Bash the coriander seeds in a pestle and mortar until fine, then add it all to a medium pan over a medium heat with a good splash of olive oil. Pick in the thyme leaves, then cook for around 10 minutes, or until it becomes soft.

4. While waiting for the thyme leaves to be cooked, chop the mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes and add the vinegar and 2 tablespoons of the sun-dried tomato oil from the jar. Cook for about 10 minutes; add a splash of wine, turn up the heat, and let it boil and bubble away. Stir in the stock, lentils and chickpeas (juice and all), then leave it to tick away for 5 to 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened and reduced. Pick and roughly chop the parsley leaves, then stir into the pan. Season to taste and transfer to a large baking dish (roughly 25cm x 30cm).

5. Spread the mashed potato over the top, scuffing it up with the back of a spoon. Finely slice the remaining garlic clove, then place into a bowl with the rosemary leaves, lemon zest, breadcrumbs and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix well, sprinkle over the mash, then place in the hot oven for around 10 minutes, or until piping hot through. Place under the grill for a further 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden, then serve with your favorite greens.

I found this recipe on Jaime Oliver. Check out the site for other great vegan recipes.

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  1. I’ve had my own version! One of my favorite modified meat dinners! This sounds excellent!

  2. I’ve made my own for a while too. For added goodness add just a little Daiya cheddar shreds just before finished to the top and bake it on for a few more mins. Yum.

  3. I have my own version I’ve made for a couple years now.. It’s one of our family favorites.

  4. Perfecto! I just made a version my kids love using a pie shell…but this sounds like something I need to try.

  5. Looks good! A suggestion – post a Pinterest link in every FB post like Vegan Richa does!

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