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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Savory Mushroom Gravy

Rich vegetables and vegetarian gravy baked under a golden garlic mashed potato blanket, this dish warms both tummy and soul. Vegan shepherd’s pie with savory mushroom gravy is stick-to-your-ribs hearty comfort food at its finest.

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Like a cross between a pie and a casserole, shepherd’s pie was first an economical way to use up leftovers–simply dibs and dabs of meat mixed with gravy, topped with mashed potatoes, and baked  until the potato “crust” turns golden.

In this meatless rendition, cook an entire bulb of garlic with the potatoes, either in a steamer or Instant Pot pressure cooker. The potatoes and garlic practically fall apart and the garlic mellows so its presence is practically undetectable. With olive oil, salt, and some of the cooking water, they easily mash into smooth, creamy potatoes.
“The mind is like tofu. It tastes like whatever you marinate it in.” ~~ Sylvia Boorstein

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Tofu trades in as the  “meat” in this vegan interpretation of classic British Isle pie. Little ¼-inch cubes of firm tofu with a texture that resembles meat, or not.  Seasoned baked tofu that you buy premade is an easy high-protein addtion to the vegetables and gravy mix. Plus, to professed tofu-haters, already seasoned and marinated savory baked tofu is an easier sell than just plain white tofu.

This recipe is your vegetarian shepherd’s pie blueprint–just about any stew or chili can go under mashed potatoes and make a nourishing main course meal. Your variation of this particular vegetarian shepherd’s pie might include beans, or lentils, or tempeh instead of tofu.

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Savory Mushroom Gravy 5 pans

Make ahead:

  • Each of the three components to this dish, garlic mashed potatoes, herbed mushroom gravy, and vegetable filling, can be made ahead. So, if it’s more convenient for you, assemble the pie, refrigerate, and bake it later.

You might also want to check out this other mushroom gravy, served with baked polenta and cannellini beans.

#Eat Seasonal

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Savory Mushroom Gravy is part of November’s seasonal recipe roundup. Link to Vintage Mixer’s first post this month for more recipes starring fruits and vegetables happening this month. Then follow the links below to discover even more creative recipes from other bloggers. Our goal is to encourage you into the kitchen to cook something delicious—and seasonal!

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Maple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes by JoyFoodSunshine

Cornbread Stuffing with Apples and Pecans {with a gluten-free option} by Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Sweet Potato, Kale & Lentil Meal Prep Salads by She Likes Food

Roasted Delicata Squash with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese by Floating Kitchen

Roasted Vegetable Chicken Soup by Vintage Mixer

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