Quick and Easy Shepherd’s Pie

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Ingredients (use vegan versions):


  • 3 or 4 large potatoes, sliced and boiled
  • unflavored vegan soymilk
  • non-hydrogenated vegan margarine
  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots, thawed and nuked for a couple of minutes.
  • 2 or 3 vegan Boca Burgers, thawed
  • 1 can mushroom gravy, or you can use a vegan brown gravy mix, prepared, of course.
  • flavorings like vegan Worcestershire sauce, nutmeg, soy , etc.
  • soy cheese (if you must)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon oil

Directions:


Amounts and times in this recipe are approximate. Also, the
instructions seem long, but it really goes fast for a multi-
step casserole dish.


If you can find the packages of pre-crumbled Boca product,
use that since it’s more economical than prepackaged Boca
patties. However, I think that Boca stuff tastes better
than other pre-packaged ground beef substitutes, which have
a metallic sort of taste to me, and are less digestible
than Bocas. So I use the patties if I can’t find the
packages. Anyway…..


While the potatoes are boiling, saute the onion in oil in a
large pan until the onions are soft. Crumble up the boca
burger patties, add them to the pan, and saute for a few
minutes more. Add the peas and carrots. Make sure the peas
and carrots are soft enough, because they won’t cook much
more in the oven. Now, add the mushroom or brown gravy and
seasonings to suit you. You definitely don’t want the
filling to be bland. Simmer the filling for 5-10 minutes.


Meanwhile, if the potatoes are done, drain and mash them up
with soymilk and a good amount of vegan margarine. Add salt
and pepper if you like.


Pour the filling, which should be pretty thick and semi-
dry, not soupy, into a pan and cover with the mashed
potatoes. This should be about enough for a square cake
pan. Now bake it for at least 30 minutes at 375 degrees,
until the potatoes are a little brown on top.


If you think it’s going to boil over during the baking, put
that old blackened warped cookie sheet (you know, the one
you’ve been meaning to throw out, but it makes such good
baked steak fries you can’t bring yourself to do it) under
the pan. If you are using shredded soy cheese, sprinkle
some on top during the last 10-15 minutes of baking.


This is good enough to serve (casually) to your veggie-
friendly meat-eater friends, but test it once or twice, to
get your amounts and seasonings right, before serving it to
company.


Serves: 4


Preparation time: about an hour

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