Jamie Oliver’s Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
Jamie Oliver's vegan shepherd's pie is really great healthy comfort food for fall and winter. It's full of beautiful flavors and colors, easy to transport, and nourishing in all the right ways for your vegan and vegetarian Thanksgiving buddies.
We have a small army of vegan main dishes that work great to make our small army of vegans feel well attended-to at the holidays. Vegan Shepherd's Pie is among our favorites.
Reasons to need vegan comfort food
Like everyone ever, I could definitely stop drinking coffee whenever I want. Definitely. This morning, though, I had to get some fasting blood work done in advance of an annual physical. So instead of my usual beautiful ritual of rolling out of bed, feeding the cats, and then toting a strong, steamy cup of brewed world peace with me as I wake up the girls, make their lunch, and set my intentions for the day, I had to wait a few hours.
It was fine. It was great. I realized while chopping celery for tuna salad sandwiches that I was quietly singing the devastating song "Maybe" from Annie and ever so slightly weeping. Weeping into my nothing. Because there was no cup. It was fine.
A Great Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dish
It's all over now, and I'm thankful. Which brings me to the purpose of today's post: Thanksgiving. That wasn't a good segue. I know it. And that photo up there? Not the best. But this recipe conforms to a much higher standard. You'll have to go against your better judgment and trust me. Jamie Oliver's vegan shepherd's pie is really great healthy comfort food for fall and winter. It's full of beautiful flavors and colors, easy to transport, and nourishing in all the right ways for your vegan and vegetarian Thanksgiving buddies.
- 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes
- 1 pound sweet potatoes
- Fine sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
- 2 medium carrots, diced small
- 2 stalks celery, diced small
- 5 cloves garlic, minced and divided
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 4 thyme sprigs
- 12 ounces crimini mushrooms
- 12 sun-dried tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1 cup good vegetable stock
- 1 15-ounce can brown lentils, drained and rinsed
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- Zest of 1 organic lemon
- 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Peel the Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Place in a medium pot and cover by an inch with cold, salted water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well, then return to pot and mash with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and a few good grinds of pepper.
- Heat one tablespoon of the olive oil in a wide skillet over medium heat. If you have a shallow Dutch oven or other attractive stovetop-to-oven cookware, you can use it from this point and bring it all the way to the table. Add the onion, carrot, celery, about 3/4 of the chopped garlic, the ground coriander and thyme sprigs. Cook, stirring from time to time, until softened, about 10 minutes.
- While the onion mixture cooks, chop the mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes together into a rough dice. Add to the pan along with the vinegar and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add the wine, turn up the heat to bring to a boil for a minute. Add the stock, lentils and chickpeas (along with some more salt if those ingredients are unsalted) and simmer briskly until the stock creates a slightly thickened sauce, 5 to 10 minutes more. Remove the thyme stems, stir in the chopped parsley and taste for salt and pepper.
- Transfer to a baking dish (or don’t if you’ve used oven-proof cookware). Spread the mashed potatoes overtop, creating some texture with the back of a spoon.
- Pick the rosemary needles off the stems into a small bowl. Mix in the bread crumbs, remaining chopped garlic, lemon zest and remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle the seasoned crumbs over the mashed potatoes and slide the whole thing into the oven for 10 to 20 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Finish under the broiler for two minutes, until breadcrumbs are lightly golden.