Instead of a roast this year we kicked off new year’s day with a hearty homemade shepherds pie to feed the family. I love shepherds pies especially in the winter they are so warming and delicious and bring comfort on those cold winters day.
Shepherds pie is one of my favourite dishes and I have made countless of these for dinner over the years but it is through trial and error that I have come up with this recipe for my wholesome shepherds pie that is full of flavour. The best thing about Shepherds Pie is that it can be customised to taste. When we eat meat we had more meat and less vegetables but now we are vegetarian we have a small bit of Quorn mince but pack it full of vegetables. Below is my basic recipe for vegetarian shepherd’s pie that you can change the amounts to suit your tastes and also the size of your family.
1 Large Onion
100g Quorn mince
500g Chopped veg (beans, peas, carrots and broccoli) or frozen veg
100ml Red Wine
2 tbsp Gravy granules
400g Chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp Tomato puree
1 tsp Salt for sauce, 1 tbsp for the water
1 tsp Honey
1.Turn the oven on to 180 degrees C
2. Fill a pan full of cold water, add in some salt and a couple of sprigs of rosemary.
3. Peel and chop the potatoes and put them into the pan and on the hob to boil.
4. Dice up the onion and add into a frying pan with a bit of oil on a medium heat.
5. When the onions have started to brown add in the mince and continue to fry until the mince is cooked through. If using Quorn mince then fry until it is soft.
6. Pour in the red wine and then add the veg and chopped up rosemary and stir.
7. Add in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, salt and gravy granules and drizzle in the honey. Stir continuously until it is mixed in together.
8. Lower the heat on the frying pan to a simmer and keep stirring occasionally to stop it sticking to the pan.
9. After 10 mins of simmering add the shepherds pie sauce to the bottom of the oven dish and spread it around so that it is even.
10. Once the potatoes are cooked drain the water take out the rosemary springs, normally the leaves will have fallen of the sticks but if not just pull them off and add them to the potatoes and remove the sticks. I normally like to add more fresh rosemary to my potatoes at this point but it all depends how strong you want the flavour.
11. Add in the butter and milk and mash together until you get a good mash potato consistency.
12. Dollop the mash potato into the oven dish on top of the sauce then using a fork smooth the potato over until it is evenly spread out.
13. Sprinkle grated cheese evenly over the top of the mash then add the dish into the oven for 30 mins.
14. Once cooked dish up and serve with fresh vegetables and enjoy.