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The Lazy Vegetarian


Recipe: Shepherd's Pie - 2 Versions

I have become a huge fan of shepherd's pie (mentioned before in a cookbook review), and was especially excited when I found a second version.

For both recipes start with:

1 Tbsp canola oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 package Morningstar Farms Recipe Crumbles
1 package frozen mixed veggies (the classic version with peas, carrots, corn, etc., usually 10 oz)

Heat oil in large skillet. Cook onion until tender. Add Crumbles, cook until defrosted. Add veggies, cook until defrosted.

Version 1 (Classic)

Add in a can of mushroom gravy (about 15 oz) or shepherd's pie envelope/mushroom gravy envelope mixed with approx 1 cup water (whatever envelope says to use). I use Colman's brand shepherd's pie envelope, which is sold at my local Kroger's and is vegetarian-friendly. You will have to check ingredients on other brands!

Season with freshly ground pepper and salt, if desired.

Transfer mixture to a covered casserole dish. Spoon warmed mashed potatoes on top. You can use leftover mash, make your own, or use a prepared package. (I suppose you can even use instant, if you like that sort of thing.) Use about 4 servings worth of mashed potatoes.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. If you want, remove the cover for the last 10 minutes to brown the potatoes a bit, but this is optional.

This recipe makes 4 generous servings, or more not-so-generous servings.

Version 2 (Indian)

Add in a jar of Jalfrezi sauce, approx 12 - 15 oz. If using a smaller jar, add some water too. I really like the Shere Khan brand, sold in a pouch, but any brand will do. (World Market is a good source, if your local grocery store doesn't carry any.) You can also use a curry sauce. Again, check the ingredient list!

Add a can of well-drained diced tomatoes.

Season with pepper and salt, if desired.

Transfer to a covered casserole dish. Spoon mashed sweet potatoes on top, approximately 4 servings worth. I like making mine using Ore-Ida steam and mash, then mixing in 1/3 cup soy milk and 1/2 tsp ginger. But again, you can use prepared sweet potatoes or make your own.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. If you want, remove the cover for the last 10 minutes to brown the potatoes a bit, but this is optional.

This recipe makes at least 4 generous servings.

Other options:

Combine parsnips with potatoes to make your mash.
Use a different frozen mixed vegetable.
Add the diced tomatoes to the classic version.
Use TVP rather than the Crumbles.
If short on time, serve directly from the skillet (be sure everything is well-heated) and top with hot mash.

1 comment(s):

The first version sounds really good. I am going to buy the stuff to make it tonight, thanks!

By Anonymous Louise, MIchigan, at 10:59 PM  

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