Add some barley for substance, and lots of mushrooms to replace the meat. We chose white mushrooms for their mild flavor, and black mushrooms for drama. Julia Child's Brown Sauce made with a full-flavored mushroom stock transforms the veggies into a heart-warming, rib-sticking casserole that will conjure visions of British Pubs and roaring fires.
The traditional Shepherd's Pie was a way to use leftovers, so there were plenty of variations. Experiment with different vegetable combinations. If you are grilling or roasting vegetables, make some extra to use in your casserole. Otherwise, Vegan Shepherd's Pie can be too time consuming for a weeknight supper. This Vegan Shepherd's Pie will satisfy the urge for the traditional casserole, but I recommend that some of this be prepared ahead of time so you have it on hand.
|Choose your favorite veggies|
1 cup cooked barley
2-3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup onions, diced
6 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 cup fresh broccoli florets, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup fresh corn kernels
3/4 cup fresh peas
2 medium baking potatoes, scrubbed and sliced into scant 1/4" rounds
1 T olive oil to brush potatoes
Salt and pepper