Shepherd’s Pie with Turmeric Mash

Shepherd's Pie with Turmeric Mash
Shepherd’s Pie with Turmeric Mash

It always annoys me when people call a vegetarian shepherd’s pie a ‘shepherdless’ pie. It’s not like the meat equivalent has real shepherd’s in it, stupid. Anyway, admittedly I haven’t made this pie for a while, but the weather’s being a wet bum hole and I’m cold, so lets mash and eat some potatoes.
This pie is easy to make but a bit more time consuming than I remember, so avoid making it after a stressful day at the office, like I did. Best to make it on a Sunday and eat the leftovers for lunch the rest of the week.
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Shepherd’s Pie with Turmeric Mash
Serves 6 / Takes 1 hour 20 minutes
Make it vegan: Use vegan red wine. For the mash, leave out the parmesan and swap butter for margarine and swap milk to unsweetened soya milk
Filling:
1 chopped white onion
500g Quorn mince
2 carrots peeled and diced
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 chopped red chilli
200ml red wine (or one small bottle)
500ml veg stock
1 can drained kidney beans
3 handful of lentils
1tsp marmite
2tsp Vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper
Fry light
Foil
Mash:
800g potatoes peeled and boiled
1tsp turmeric
4 tbs of milk
knob of butter
45g grated Parmesan (save 20g for the top)
Salt and pepper
Serve with… Steamed seasonal vegetables and gravy. I use Bisto because I love it and because I’m lazy.

Method:
1. Preheat your oven to 200c/180c fan.
2. Sweat the onions in some spray oil and a couple of tsps of water until soft. Add the garlic, chilli, carrots and the quorn (you can add the quorn refrigerated or frozen, doesn’t really make much difference, just break it up with a spoon if it’s frozen.) Cook for a further 5 minutes and then add the wine, stock, kidney beans, lentils, marmite, Worcestershire sauce. Bring to the boil and season with salt and pepper.
3. Reduce the heat and cook for a further 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until most of the liquid has absorbed.
4. Meanwhile, peel and chop 800g of potatoes and put them on to boil for around 25 minutes. Once soft, drain the potatoes and pop back in the pan but off the heat. Add a generous knob of butter, the milk and start mashing with a fork or masher. Once roughly mashed I like to add tsp turmeric to give the mash a more buttery flavour without adding more butter (also I like the colour). Season to taste and add more butter and milk if you need to. If I want a slightly more indulgent pie I’ll stir some parmesan into the mash but you don’t have to. Leave to one side
5. Spoon your pie filling into a casserole dish and top generously with the mashed potato. Run a fork over the top of the mash to rough it up a bit and sprinkle with the remaining parmesan (optional). Season with salt and pepper.
6. Cover the pie with foil and pop in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and put the grill on a medium to high heat. Take off the foil and grill the top of the pie for about 5 minutes to give the top a nice brown crunchy top.
7. Serve with steamed seasonal vegetables and gravy. YUM!

Shepherd's Pie with Turmeric Mash
Shepherd’s Pie with Turmeric Mash

If you’ve had a go at making my shepherds pie or any of my other recipes I’d love to hear about it. @corrieheale corrie.heale@gmail.com

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