It's wet, nasty and cold here today and I just made this for dinner. Muchlove reminded me that it's the ultimate comfort food.
Veggie or Meat Shepherd’s Pie
I lb. or 340 gram package meat substitute OR if you want meat, I lb. hamburger
1 medium onion
2-3 cloves garlic
2-3 medium stalks celery
2 medium carrots
1-1 and 1/2 cup frozen peas, or until mixture looks right
salt and pepper to taste
1 veggie stock or beef cube, 2 if desired for more flavour
I good tbsp. dill, fresh or dried, more if fresh
Worcestershire sauce to taste
Tabasco to taste (optional)
1 small tin tomato sauce
Boil 4-5 largish potatoes. Brown veggie sub or meat in pan, add garlic, onion, and season with salt, pepper, dill and Worcestershire sauce. Add 1 sm. tin tomato sauce, a veggie stock cube, a good dash of tabasco and about 1/4 cup water. Add finely sliced celery and carrots and peas. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, adding more water if necessary but keeping mixture fairly dry.
Make mashed potatoes adding just enough milk and butter to make them smooth. Pour meat mixture in the bottom of a casserole dish. Wet spoon and spread mashed potatoes over meat mixture. Sprinkle with a little cayenne or paprika for colour, add freshly grated Parmesan (optional), but gives it a nice tasty crust.
Bake for about 45 minutes uncovered in a 350-degree oven. Check after first 20 minutes or so. Broil for last 2-3 minutes to brown potatoes. Serve with a green salad or all by itself. I like it with a little horseradish on the side.