Vegan Shepherd's Pie

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Main Dish

Shepherd's pie is the best kind of comfort food. It's deliciously hearty and filled with all the flavors we love.

1 1/2 pounds of russet potatoes (4 to 6, depending on size)
1/2 to 3/4 cup of non-dairy milk
2 tablespoons vegan butter
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
2 large carrots, peeled and diced small
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1 12-ounce package of frozen Boca Ground Crumbles
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup prepared Better Than Bouillon Seasoned Vegetable Broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas

Preheat the oven to 400° F

Start by peeling the potatoes. Cut them into 1-inch cubes and place them in a pot of cold water. Rinse until the water is clear. Fill with cold water and set over high heat. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Drain off all the water and add the milk, butter, salt, and pepper. Whip with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Heat the canola oil in an oven-safe 14-inch skillet over medium heat on the stovetop. Cast Iron works great for dishes that go from stovetop to oven, and we highly recommend it! Add the onion and carrots and saute until slightly tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Add the frozen Boca crumbles, salt, pepper, and flour. Stir until the flour is completely incorporated. Next, stir in the broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire, rosemary, and thyme. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat, cover, and continue to simmer very slowly until the sauce has thickened slightly - about 8 to 10 minutes.

Add the peas to the Boca mixture and stir gently to combine. Top with the whipped potatoes, creating a seal around the edges. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 20 minutes or just until the potatoes begin to brown. Remove to a cooling rack for 10 - 20 minutes before serving.