Vegan [no oil] Train Wreck Shepherd’s Pie (?)

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?

Today I was chatting via Blog messaging with Hannah of Gypsy Roller Veggie Kitchen and I promised her I would blog about my Shep Pie FAILURE.

So kiddies, here goes nothin’

Los Ingriendentos: [smirky face again]

  • Potatoes – you know the kind that you make mashed potatoes with
  • Carrots
  • Shallots
  • White Onions
  • Celery
  • Daikon Radish
  • Garlic
  • Porcini shrooms
  • Vegie Ground
  • Vegie stock
  • Almond Milk
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Liquid Smoke (for the Smart Ground)
  • Vegan Butter
  • Celtic Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • 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.

I’m serious.

Are you sitting?


Shep Pie Ingredient Lineup Smart GroundAdditional Ingredients for layering Ingredients for Mash Potatoes Ready for Oven Out of the Oven and Under the Boiler


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.





5 thoughts on “Vegan [no oil] Train Wreck Shepherd’s Pie (?)

    • I don’t know… I’m not sure this type of dish is my thing. I’m not a fan of casseroles and this sort of falls into that category. Who knows….maybe I will try again. Thanks for the recipe link. 🙂

  1. Well it *looks* like it turned out well. But I know how it is, as I’ve been there many times myself… sometimes the taste and/or texture just isn’t what you were aiming for. I’ll have to put a warning note on my recipe: Do NOT attempt GiRRL_Earth’s version of this Shepherd’s Pie! 😉 LOL, just bugging ya. But you know, you’ve inspired be to come up with a vegan version of the recipe. I think I know how to make it work – and don’t worry, it won’t have a crust! That’s beyond my scope of expertise anyway. I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

    • Ha-Ha! You’re funny. Maybe you should add the disclaimer. Although, the truth of the matter is, I was in a rush. Sunday, which is my normal cooking day was comprised with projects that were larger in scope than I had anticipated with left me with less time to cook. I didn’t even read your recipe when I started prepping/cooking. I realized after the fact I should have re-read/reviewed your recipe for guidance. This is what happens when I cook under duress. I should have thrown something else together and tried the Shep Pie on another Sunday when I had more time.

      I wasn’t lying when I said I slap-dashed the entire project. Ha-Ha!

      Anyway, I look forward to seeing your post for a veganized version of Shep. Pie.

      Thanks for the laugh. 🙂

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