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July 26, 2015

Vegetarian meals to keep you warm: Shepherd's Pie

Okay. Here’s the second in my series of ‘vegetarian meals to keep you warm’. This one I concocted from a few different sources, one night when I felt like something hearty but wasn’t in a cook-for-hours mood. It turned out really tasty and it’s so easy to do! Here’s my recipe for vegetarian shepherd’s pie.


Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie


You’ll need:


1 300g packet of quorn mince/other vegetarian mince

3 or 4 baby potatoes OR 1 small sweet potato, sliced very thinly

2 carrots, chopped very finely

1 small onion, chopped finely

1 Tbsp olive oil for frying

For the gravy: (I got this recipe from The Londoner, and it is AMAZING. It’s like Ikea gravy, but better. Trust me!)

A knob of butter (around 1 Tbsp)

1 Tbsp flour

300ml vegetarian chicken stock

1 ½ Tbsp mustard

1 ½ Tbsp worstershire sauce

1 ½ tsp honey

300ml double/thickened cream

A handful of dried parsley

Salt & pepper


What to do:


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan on high heat.
  3. Add the onions and carrots and cook until starting to soften.
  4. Add the quorn mince and cook for a few minutes until starting to heat through. Remove the carrot, onion & quorn mix from the pan and place in a heatproof casserole dish. Put aside. (Keep the pan on high heat).
  5. Add the butter to the pan. Once it’s melted, add the flour and stir to form a paste. Turn the heat down to medium.
  6. Slowly add the stock, stirring continuously to avoid lumps forming.
  7. Once it’s combined into a paste, add the mustard, honey and worstershire sauce and let it all bubble and thicken for 2-3 minutes. Keep stirring.
  8. Remove the sauce from the heat and add the cream, and salt & pepper to taste.
  9. Pour the gravy over the quorn mince mix in the casserole dish.
  10. Top with the sliced potato, cover with foil and place in a 180C oven for around 30 minutes or until the potato slices are cooked.




Gravy recipe from: The Londoner (http://www.thelondoner.me/2013/12/swedish-meatball-recipe.html).


Eve :)


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