Virtual Vegan Potluck: Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Welcome to my contribution to the Virtual Vegan Potluck! This recipe is one that my mom came up with, and it’s one of my favorite recipes of hers. It’s a vegan version of a classic meal.

We often make this when we need to bring a meal to share in real life, so it seemed fitting for the Virtual Vegan Potluck as well. It’s easy to make up a big pan of vegan Shepherd’s Pie and it’s well received by vegans and non-vegans alike.

Be sure to check out the other recipes in the Virtual Vegan Potluck by following the links at the bottom of this post. A special thanks to Annie from An Unrefined Vegan for setting all this up! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Bottom Layer:
1 large yellow onion
2 shallots
1 green pepper
1 cup chopped celery
4 cloves of garlic
olive oil
Two 12 ounce packs of Smart Ground veggie protein crumbles
16 oz of vegan brown gravy
6 oz of tomato paste
garlic powder
salt and pepper
paprika
1 1/2 cups frozen corn, or 1 can of corn
2 cups frozen mixed veggies (corn, carrots, and peas)

Top Layer – Mashed Potatoes
28 oz (or more) Yukon Gold or Honey Gold Potatoes
4 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
garlic powder
salt and pepper
1/2 cup soy milk
1/8 cup Earth Balance vegan butter

Directions:

    • Chop the onion, shallots, green pepper, and celery. Press or mince the garlic. Saute these ingredients in a little bit of olive oil. Add the Smart Ground crumbles and continue to saute.
    • If you are making gravy from a dry mix, follow the directions and make the gravy in a separate pot. My mom uses Streit’s gravy mix. I couldn’t find this, so I used Imagine Vegetarian Wild Mushroom Gravy. Once your gravy is ready, add it to the sauteed veggies and soy crumbles.
    • Add the tomato paste. Stir the mixture while bringing it to a simmer.
    • Add in the frozen vegetables and corn and continue to simmer until the vegetables are tender.
    • Season with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and paprika to taste.
    • Lightly grease a large casserole dish. Pour the veggie and soy crumbles mixture into the dish and set aside.
    • Preheat the oven to 375°.
    • Make a big batch of mashed potatoes. You can make them from a mix to save time, or make them from scratch. To make them from scratch start by boiling your potatoes until they are soft (check them by sticking a fork in to test firmness).
    • Press or mince the garlic and saute it in a little olive oil.
    • Once the potatoes are soft, run them under cold water to cool them down and drain all the water off. The skins will be loose, so you can peel them off pretty easily by hand. Peel all of the potatoes and return them to the pot.
    • Using a potato masher, mash all of the potatoes until smooth. Add the soy milk, vegan butter, garlic, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Stir until well combined.
    • Spread the mashed potatoes on top of the veggie and soy crumble mixture in the casserole dish. The mashed potatoes should completely cover the bottom layer. Brush a little melted vegan butter on top.
    • Bake at 375° until the edges bubble and the mashed potatoes are golden brown on top.
    • And in the words of my mom “Eat. Smile. Keep the leftovers for tomorrow!”
Don’t forget to keep browsing through the Virtual Vegan Potluck! There are many wonderful recipes waiting for you!

Go to the Next Main Course at Tiny Kitchen Stories

Go to the Previous Main Course at The Twenties Project

Start at the Beginning at Vegan Bloggers Unite!

Virtual Vegan Potluck Hosted By An Unrefined Vegan

I moved this weekend, so I didn’t have much time to do a new post. I have a couple lined up, so new recipes will be coming soon! In the meantime, I wanted to share a project that one of my fellow bloggers An Unrefined Vegan is coordinating. It’s a Virtual Vegan Potluck.

Contributers will all post vegan recipes on May 12th in one of 9 course categories: Beverages, Appetizers/Starters, Savory Breads, Sweet Breads, Soups/Stews, Salads, Sides, Main Course, Desserts. The posts will link to each participating blog as a way to share in a virtual vegan feast. There should be lots of great recipes!

If you want to join in and post a recipe, contact Annie from an An Unrefined Vegan by emailing her at anunrefinedvegan@gmail.com. I will definitely be participating, but I’m not sure what I’ll be making yet. For more details go to the Virtual Vegan Potluck page. Everyone is welcome to join in!

“Coming A Veg” Series and Liebster Awards

One of my fellow bloggers, Terri, has a blog called Bacon is NOT an Herb: Exploring Vegetarianism in Pennsyltucky. Her blog features some great recipes and stories about being vegetarian in Central PA, and I really enjoy reading her posts. She started a monthly series called ‘Coming A Veg’ to share stories about how and why different people became vegan or vegetarian. I wrote a post for her series, and it’s up on her blog today. Check it out! She’s looking for other vegans and vegetarians to share their stories as well, so if you’re interested in writing a post, find out more here, and get writing!

I’m also a bit delayed in posting about this, but another fellow blogger, Anne from An Unrefined Vegan, very kindly awarded me a Liebster Award. Thank you Anne! I really enjoy following your blog and all of your recipes! Anne, also has a second blog called Dough, Dirt, and Dye. Readers, if you haven’t checked out her blogs, definitely take a look! I’m frequently inspired (and hungry) after reading her posts!

So this is how the Liebster Award works:

I’d like to extend a Liebster Award to some of my fellow food bloggers. Here are my picks:

Rachel in Veganland: I’ve really been enjoying Rachel’s blog recently with her recipe posts that always look really tasty, and her thoughts on the politics of veganism. Check out this post!

Frugal Feeding: I enjoy following the posts on Frugal Feeding, and many just happen to be vegan or easily veganized! I really like his writing style, and the recipes always look so yummy!

Savory Simple: Her photos of food are always beautiful! Not all of the recipes on Savory Simple are vegetarian, but many of the posts are vegan, or easily veganized. These, for instance, are on my list of recipes to try…a simple vegan snack, that looks really tasty!

roughseasinthemed: She shares her experiences living in Gibralter and Spain, with some vegetarian recipes as well. Check out her take on Baked Beans on Toast in response to my post! I appreciate her taking the time to share her recipe with me!

Luminous Vegans: She describes herself as an “abolitionist vegan, liberal, atheist, nerd, knitter”, what more can I say? I always enjoy browsing her recipes and the great photos that go along with them!

Thanks again to Annie from An Unrefined Vegan and Terri from Bacon is Not an Herb! Check out their blogs if you haven’t!