Not too long ago I saw a post by Gypsy Roller for Vegetarian Shepherds’s Pie and I printed the recipe. Last week, The Kind Life featured a recipe for Vegan Shepherd’s Pie, which I also printed. I was intrigued. Growing up in an Italian-American home, Shepherd’s Pie was never part of my mother’s recipe repertoire (did I spell that correctly? Christ(!) I’m tired. This effing snow is bringing me down man, waaaaaaaaaaaay down) so I have never actually eaten Shepherd’s Pie – vegan or otherwise.
Swear. To. G-D!
Any-hoo-ligans, I printed both recipes and over the weekend I ventured to Whole
Paycheck Foods for los ingredientos. [smirky face]
Not one for following rules, or liking to follow rules (despite my formal pastry background), I extracted elements of both recipes to formulate my own slap-dashed effed up vegan Shepherd’s Pie. What can I say, I am a Shepherds Pie virgin. I will say there was no way in H-E-double Hockey Sticks I was going to make the crust in this recipe. Uh-ah heil no! If there is one thing I hate, it is pie and if there is another thing I hate, it’s PIE CRUST. I hate making it and I HATE EATING IT! There I said it. Do you know how long I have wanted to get that off my chest? I realize this is blasmephy (did I spell that right? Did I mention and dead tired?) in the culinary world but tough. Shoot me, m’kay?
So kiddies, here goes nothin’
Los Ingriendentos: [smirky face again]
- Potatoes – you know the kind that you make mashed potatoes with
- White Onions
- Daikon Radish
- Porcini shrooms
- Vegie Ground
- Vegie stock
- Almond Milk
- Nutritional Yeast
- Liquid Smoke (for the Smart Ground)
- Vegan Butter
- Celtic Sea Salt
- and I think that’s it – too tired to care.
Method of Prep:
You don’t want to know, trust me.
Below are some photos of the process and the finished product.
You might want to sit down for this.
Are you sitting?
After I finished baking my slap-dashed creation, I put it under the broiler and then sat down to watch a bit of Monk and forgot about it. When I started to smell something almost burning, I ran to the kitchen.
Despite having added the following to my mashed potatoes: Nutritional Yeast, Earth Balance, Almond Milk, Salt & Pepper they still came out bland as shit (provided shit tastes bland).
Well Hannah darling, there you have it. My Train Wreck Shepherd’s Pie. I don’t know if I’ll be making this again. Truth be told, I don’t think I am a fan of this sort of thing.
And to cheer you up, provided you’ve read this far, how about a little does of cuteness? This is one of my five cats: Anubis. But we affectionately call him Scooby, Goobie, Noobie. Scooby Noob, and lastly, Fluffy Lusciousness. He loves it when I strip the bed and fold up the comforter — what can he say, he likes to burrow into things that are warm and snugly.