Let us introduce you to our debut Shepherd’s pie!
It’s the ultimate in winter comfort food. Rich, warm and filling, it’s guaranteed to warm your cockles on a cold evening.
Full of nutrients including protein, iron and B vitamins, this shepherd’s pie will help keep your immune system in check while we sit out these cold winter months.
We use Marmite in this recipe to add a lovely depth of flavour – the salty umami taste elevates the recipe to the next level. But you can use soy sauce or tamari if you can’t find Marmite.
We also add cheese to the mash for an uber indulgent twist!
Bon appetit, Roxy & Ben
- 2 onions
- 250g (8.8oz) chestnut mushrooms
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 medium carrots
- 1.5 tbsp Marmite or soy sauce
- 2 tsp mustard
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 vegetable stock cube
- 250ml (8.4fl.oz) vegan-friendly red wine
- 2 x 400g (14oz) tinned green lentils
- 300g (10.5oz) frozen peas
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
For the cheesy mash...
- 1kg (35.3oz) potato
- 50g (1.7oz) dairy-free cheese
- 2 tbsp dairy-free margarine
- 60ml (2fl.oz) dairy-free milk
From the pantry…
- olive oil
- Heat a little oil in an ovenproof frying pan on a medium heat. While the oil heats up, peel and thinly slice the onions and finely dice the mushrooms into 0.5cm pieces, then add both to the frying pan. Fry for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile dice the garlic then add it to the frying pan and fry for 3 minutes.
- Slice the carrots into 0.5cm thick rings and add to the frying pan along with the marmite, mustard, tomato puree, stock cube, red wine, 200ml (6.8fl.oz) water and a generous pinch of pepper. Drain and rinse the lentils and add them to the frying pan. Bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for ten minutes.
- Meanwhile prepare the mash by peeling the potatoes, slicing them into 3 cm chunks and adding them to a saucepan of boiling water. Boil for 15 minutes, or until soft.
- Pick the leaves off the fresh thyme then stir the leaves and the frozen peas into the frying pan and remove the pan from the heat.
- Preheat the oven to 200ºC fan / 425ºF.
- Drain the potatoes and mash them with the cheese, margarine, milk and pinches of salt and pepper.
- Spoon the mash onto the mixture in the frying pan and smooth it out with the back of the soon. Then run the prongs of a fork along the mash to fluff it up and to create an indented pattern.
- Bake the shepherd's pie for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
- Bon appetit!