LENTIL SHEPHERD’S PIE

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The ultimate Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie featuring rich, flavourful, saucy lentils topped with fluffy, creamy mashed potatoes & baked until deliciously golden brown & crispy. Easy, healthy, comforting and filling!

Could we as a whole concur that Shepherd’s Pie is a definitive solace food? Furthermore, that doesn’t need to change when there is no meat included. Truly, it’s not required here. This meatless Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is similarly as good.Don’t let the lentils put you off. They have an awful rep yet very much like meat, they take on every one of the flavors around them. I guarantee these lentils are the overly yummy kind!

We’re talking sautéed onions, garlic, spices and delicate lentils in a delicious sauce with genuine “substantial” profundity of flavor, all finished off with rich crushed potato which becomes brilliant and fresh flawlessness in the broiler.

This Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is rich with loads of flavor, humble, and just as delicious and encouraging as you would anticipate that a Shepherd’s Pie should be. To sweeten the deal even further it’s truly spending well disposed and PACKED with protein as well.

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INGREDIENTS  

For the mashed potato

  • 1000g / about 6 large potatoes , I love Yukon Gold for this
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup / 80 mls non-dairy milk , unsweetened
  • vegan butter OPTIONAL. Add as much or little as you like. I usually add a couple of tablespoons. If you omit the butter, add an extra drop of milk to compensate.

For the Shepherd’s Pie filling

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (optional – use water to sauté to make the recipe oil-free)
  • 1 medium onion , chopped finely
  • 4 cloves garlic , chopped finely
  • 1 large carrot , peeled & diced
  • 2½ teaspoons dried herbs (thyme, rosemary or marjoram all work well, or a combination of them. Mixed Herbs or Italian Mixed Herbs are also fine).
  • 2½ cups / 190 g cooked green or brown lentils , (NOT red lentils)
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot or cornstarch , (cornflour in the UK)
  • 3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce , or coconut aminos or liquid aminos
  • 1 cup / 240 mls canned crushed tomatoes or passata (if you only have whole or diced tomatoes just blend them up until smooth)
  • 1 cup / 240 mls mushroom or vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper , or to taste
  • 1½ teaspoons salt , or to taste.

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Preheat oven to 400° f (200 °C)
  • Peel the potatoes (or leave the peels on and wash if you prefer), then chop each potato into about 6 pieces. Put the chopped potatoes in a large pan and cover with hot water from a kettle. Add the salt, cover and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are very tender (check with a fork or knife). Drain then return to the pan and leave them alone with the lid off for a few minutes to allow them to steam dry.
  • Add the milk and optional butter to the pan and mash very well until creamy. Set aside.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, warm another pan over a medium heat. Add the oil (or use a little water instead to keep it oil-free) and sauté the onions, garlic and carrot until the onions are starting to go golden brown.
  • Add the dried herbs, lentils and arrowroot or cornstarch. Stir well to distribute the arrowroot through the lentil mixture then add the tamari or soy sauce, followed by the tomatoes and stir well.
  • Add the stock and stir again. As soon as it is just starting to bubble, turn off the heat, season with salt and pepper and spoon the lentil mixture into an ovenproof dish.
  • Spoon the mashed potatoes over the top of the lentil mixture, then using a fork spread it out evenly. A few little gaps around the edges are fine. Rough the potato up with the fork (the rough bits create more crispy bits). At this point you can brush it with a little oil or vegan butter for even more crispiness, or just leave it as it is.
  • Place the dish on a baking tray (to protect the bottom of your oven in case of any leaks), and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Then pop it under the broiler/grill for a few minutes to make it extra crispy before serving.
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NOTES
Replace the stock with red wine and the dried herbs for a few sprigs of fresh thyme and rosemary, for a “poshed” up version. Great for date night or holiday meals!

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