Ingredients

600g Maris Piper potatoes

600g sweet potatoes

40g dairy-free margarine

1 onion

2 carrots

3 cloves of garlic

2 sticks of celery

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

olive oil

½ a bunch of fresh thyme

350g chestnut mushrooms

12 sun-dried tomatoes

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

vegan red wine

100ml organic vegetable stock

1 x 400g tin of lentils

1 x 400g tin of chickpeas

5 sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

1 lemon

30g fresh breadcrumbs

Vegan Shepherds Pie Method


Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.

Peel and chop all the potatoes into rough 2cm chunks. Place the Maris Pipers into a large pan of cold salted water over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender, adding the sweet potatoes after 5 minutes.

Drain and leave to steam dry, then return to the pan with the margarine and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Mash until smooth, then set aside.

Peel and finely slice the onion, carrots and 2 garlic cloves, then trim and finely slice the celery. Bash the coriander seeds in a pestle and mortar until fine, then add it all to a medium pan over a medium heat with a good splash of oil. Pick in the thyme leaves, then cook for around 10 minutes, or until softened.

Meanwhile, roughly chop the mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes, then add to the pan along with the vinegar and 2 tablespoons of the sun-dried tomato oil from the jar.

Cook for a further 10 minutes, then add a splash of wine, turn up the heat, and allow it to bubble away. Stir in the stock, lentils and chickpeas (juice and all), then leave it to tick away for 5 to 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened and reduced.

Pick and roughly chop the parsley leaves, then stir into the pan. Season to taste, then transfer to a baking dish (roughly 25cm x 30cm).

Spread the mash over the top, scuffing it up with the back of a spoon.

Finely slice the remaining garlic clove, then place into a bowl with the rosemary leaves, lemon zest, breadcrumbs and 1 tablespoon of oil. Mix well, sprinkle over the mash, then place in the hot oven for around 10 minutes, or until piping hot through.

Place under the grill for a further 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden, then serve with seasonal greens.

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