Monday, April 4, 2011

Michelle's Shepherd's Pie

My dear friend, KT, had asked me to cook a vegan recipe since she just found out she can't eat or drink dairy, the poor girl! I couldn't live without butter, cheese, and sugar. I realize sugar is not a dairy, but I still couldn't live without it! 

Anyway, like I said, I can't live without cheese. Or butter. Or all things creamy. So, KT, I'm sorry, but I had to add some cheese, butter, and some cream of mushroom! But don't you worry! I'll be writing in the substitutes for you to make it vegan!

One thing I want you all to know about me is that I have no idea what I am doing in the kitchen. I usually don't know what I'll be adding to my creation until the time comes and I think to myself that I need more herbs or vegetables or something like that. I also don't use measurements for my cooking because I usually cook for 1 or 2, and you may have a bigger family! Plus, it's all about what tastes good to YOU! :)

Alright here we go!! I had Mr. Sweets help, so you'll see his hand in this! 

Michelle's Shepherd's Pie

You will need: 
  • Vegetarian Mince Meat
  • Onions
  • Leeks-I'm not sure if they exist in America! If not, use some spring onions :)
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Cheese...I used Red Leicester (soy cheese)
  • Milk (soy milk)
  • Butter (soy butter)
  • Cream of Mushroom sauce (use Vegetable Stock for vegan)
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Ignore that flour if you're using Cream of Mushroom. If using veggie stock, add 1 tsp of it to your frying pan when sauteeing everything to bring the sauce together
  • EDIT: My Aunt Dahria has informed me that there are soy milks, cheeses, and butters you can use if you want a vegan version of this recipe!!

Preheat the oven to 350 F / 180 C

 Chop up those veggies-the carrots, onions, leek, and spinach! 

Mr. Sweets chopped the baby potatoes in half and boiled them for about 15 minutes

Simmer the mince meat and cream of mushroom sauce while everything else is cooking. I used half a jar of the sauce. If using veggie stock, let the mince soak in the veggie stock instead! Boil the carrots at the same time!

Sautee the onions and leek in a frying pan with olive oil

Add the spinach so you can look like Popeye!

Ah he did have a popped eye!! Maybe it's not such a good idea to have spinach...

Add the carrots to the other veggies and mix around! 

Add the mince meat to the frying pan and mix around for awhile! Add some Worcestershire sauce to make it even yummier

Pour the mixture into a baking dish! I know it doesn't look too pretty, but it will taste amazing!

Mash up your potatoes and add milk, butter, and salt to taste! Mr. Sweets is the best mashed potato-maker ever, so I always have him do this part! 

Spread the mashed potato on top of the mince meat mixture and flatten it out

Mmmm cheeeeese...sprinkle the cheese on top! 

Bake for 30 minutes and voila!!! Looking good there, Michelle's Shepherd's Pie!

Add some veggies and yorkshire puddings (sorry America, we don't have them)

Mr. Sweets was in love with this pie!! I told him he should marry it if he loves it so much.

Okay. That didn't really happen. But he really did love it and said that the cream of mushroom sauce added a nice twang to the dish!! Looks like I'll be making this for him again!! 

Ciao!! xoxo


KT said...

Did I mention I love you!? This looks DEEE-lish. There's actually a good vegan cheese called Daiya that would probably make an excellent substitute! ;)

Anonymous said...

Lol love your comments michelle :) Food looks great too I will be trying some recipes. There are leeks in America and yorkshire puds are real easy to make. Maybe you could do recipe for them next? They just dont work very well in higher altitudes :(
Maryam <3

Michelle said...

I love requests, Maryam!! I will add Yorkshire Puddings to my list! I had no idea about the high altitudes!!! And thanks for the compliment :)