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Veggie Shepherd’s Pie

Add versatility to your winter menu with our delicious vegetarian twist to a British favourite pie.

The famed Shepherd’s Pie which colonial rule introduced to India, originally consists of gently spiced lamb mince with a generous topping of mashed potato. Baked crispy on the outside and warm and moist inside, this mouth-watering casserole has always been everyone’s idea of comfort food.  

With recent times seeing a surge of vegetarianism, we are adapting many of our favourite non- veg recipes to include an all- veg star cast. And this is working brilliantly, because we get the fibre and nutrients, we need combined with a fresh wholesome taste.

Our Veggie Shepherd’s Pie doesn’t compromise on flavour. With carrots, potatoes, french beans, corn kernels, mushrooms, celery, spices, and herbs, it’s a robust meal, plus it’s also a great entrée to serve at a party.

This recipe contains eggs and dairy.

Serves: 3

Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 5 to 6 French beans chopped
  • A small cup of boiled corn kernels
  • 6 mushrooms chopped
  • 1 boiled potato chopped (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup (250ml) tomato (blanched, peeled, de-seeded and chopped)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon chopped thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1 cup (250ml) vegetable stock
  • 800g potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 75g unsalted or salted butter
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 100g grated cheddar cheese

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a large pan, heat the oil over medium heat and cook onion for one to two minutes, then add the garlic, French beans, carrot celery, carrot. Sauté for a few minutes, as they take a bit longer to cook, then add the chopped mushrooms, corn kernels, boiled potato, tomatoes, bay leaf, thyme and stock. Bring to a boil (don’t overcook the veggies, keep them tender but crisp), then turn down the heat to a gentle simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes, and season. 

Meanwhile, cook potatoes in boiling salted water until tender.

Carefully pour the cooked veggie mixture into to a 1.2-litre baking dish. 

Drain and mash the potatoes, then stir in the butter, milk, yolks and cheese. Spread over the mixture and roughen top with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes or until bubbling and golden.

Serve with your favourite salad and garlic bread and enjoy!

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