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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Vegetable Sheperd's pie


Vegetable Sheperd's pie. This is something i tried long ago... took pics and never bothered to post. This savoury pie is very simple to make and filling..:) A nice way to include all the veggies u family normally tries to avoid..:) Kids love this pie too. U can either bake it in a big casserole or make individual portions of the pie in Ramekins..:) A Sheperd's pie normally is a supposed to be "no extravagant dinner". It was something the sheperd's wife used to make with leftovers available and vegetables. U can even add chicken or any other meat to this recipe. Mine is a vegetarian version. I dunno much about the origin of this recipe but know that it is something I am gonna make often..:)

Ingredients :
Filling :

Fresh or frozen Vegetables (blanched,steamed or microwaved except mushrooms) - 3 cups (I used mushrooms, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, celery, corn, spinach, peas & Bell peppers)
Onion minced - 1 cup
Tomato finely chopped - 1 cup
Cooked garbanzo beans - 1 small can
Cilantro or parsley - few sprigs
Italian seasoning (oregano will do too ) - 2tbsp
Salt to taste
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Chopped Garlic - 4 cloves
Vegetable stock or water - 1 cup
Red chilli powder or hot sauce - 2 tsp
Black pepper - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp

Cover :

Russet potato - 3 large (boiled and mashed)
Cream or heavy cream - 1/4 cup
salt to taste
Black pepper - 1 tsp
minced garlic - 1 clove

Method :
1) Heat oil in a deep bottom pan and add chopped garlic, onion and stir fry for few minutes. 2) Once the onion is slightly browned add the chopped tomato and saute well for few minutes. 3) Add all the steamed vegetables and garbanzo to the saute pan and mix well. 4) Add salt, pepper, red chilli powder, italian seasoning, mushroom and parsley and cook till the vegetables r coated with the spices and completely cooked. See that its not mushy. 5) Check the seasoning and add more if needed..:)

6) Preheat the oven to 350 F and Prepare the covering by adding cream , salt, garlic and pepper to the mashed potato. Mix well seeing that there are no lumps. 7) Now for the assembly, put the vegetable filling in a oven proof greased pie pan. 8) Level the vegetable filling on the pan and spread little bit of the potato cover mixture on the filling evenly. 9) Put rest of the potato mixture in an icing bag with a large star tip. Pipe out potato stars on the evened out potato. Cover the whole area. 10) Place the pie pan in a preheated oven and bake until bubbly for about 30 minutes. I even broiled it for a minute or 2... for the nice golden brown crust...:). Enjoy this awesome and yummy Sheperd's pie to your heart's content. It is a very filling meal to be enjoyed in a winter evening.

Hope u liked this recipe. Do leave ur valuable comments..:)


Harika's Kitchen said...

what is this subha you r making my mind block by your different special recipes....sounds good nice recipe.

Neha said...

Looks really tempting dear..great job!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, miracle, 2 posts in a day. Looks amazing, bookmarked :)

Suvidha A. said...

Nice post. Loved ur blog name. Following it now.

Shubha said...

Thank u... @ Harika, neha, priya and Suvidha :)

Thanks for following me Suvidha :D

@ Priya.. yup yup I am surprised myself yaar :P