New Vegan Shepherd's Pie (Gardener's Pie) 🌱 A deliciously elevated plant-based version of a classic comfort dish. Filled with mushrooms, lentils, onions, carrots & peas in a rich gravy and topped with mashed potatoes and cauliflower. Hearty, healthy & oh-so satisfying!
½teaspoonrosemaryfresh - finely chopped or dried** 🥕See notes below
¼teaspoonoreganofresh - finely chopped or dried**🥕See notes below
¼teaspoonsagefresh - finely chopped or dried**🥕See notes below
1teaspoon parsleyfresh - finely chopped or dried**🥕See notes below
½teaspoonthymefresh - finely chopped or dried** 🥕See notes below
¼teaspoonblack pepperfresh ground
Pour olive oil into a 4 qt Dutch oven or heavy bottom sauce pan. Begin heating on stove at medium-high temperature.
Add leek, garlic, and mushrooms. Stir in ¼ teaspoon salt & ¼ teaspoon pepper. Sauté until tender, stirring frequently. Adjust heat as needed to prevent garlic from burning.
Add carrots, lentils and broth. Increase heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes or until lentils are tender.
Preheat oven at 425°
In a bowl or measuring cup, combine flour with 4 oz Stout (* or ½ C water with 1 teaspoon vegan bouillon)
Pour into veggies and lentils, add tomatoes & peas. Stir until slightly thickened. Add herbs, thoroughly combine.
Spoon lentils/veggie mixture into ramekins.
Spoon mashed potato/cauliflower on top.
Place ramekins on a baking sheet (to catch liquid that may bubble over)
Bake at 425° for 10-15 minutes, until potatoes become slightly browned.
Allow Shepherd's Pies to set for 10 - 15 minutes prior to serving. Garnish with a sprig of thyme or diced scallion.
Mashed Potato & Cauliflower Topping
In a 3 qt or larger saucepan, cover potatoes and cauliflower in water & ¼ teaspoon salt. Cover, place on high until boiling. Lower heat to a rolling simmer until tender - approx 15 -20 minutes.
Remove from heat and throughly drain.
In a large bowl, combine potatoes, cauliflower, 1 tablespoon vegan butter, ½ teaspoon salt. Using a hand masher or electric mixer, begin mashing potatoes and cauliflower. Gradually add milk, a few tablespoons at a time, until desired consistency.
🥕* The traditional version of this dish often includes Stout beer as a liquid ingredient, which adds its own unique flavor. If you prefer not to use Stout or other beer, simply replace with ½ C hot water combined with ½ teaspoon vegan bouillon.🥕 ** Dried herbs often have a more concentrated, stronger flavor than fresh. If you use dried herbs, you might want to slightly decrease the amount you use to suit your taste.