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JUST TOUCHED-DOWN IN LONDON-TOWN! By Chloe has made it to the UK! We’re trying to achieve #local status by serving up classic English dishes, including our (soon-to-be-famous) Shepherd’s Pie! Our chefs gave this traditional dish a By Chloe spin, with delicious vegan substitutes.
Seitan Makes This Vegan Shepherd’s Pie Extra Meaty
- MEAT FILLING INGREDIENTS
- 32 oz seitan, grounded
- 3 1/2 Tbsp safflower oil
- 1 1/4 cup carrot, diced
- 1 cup celery, diced
- 1 cup onion, diced
- 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 3 Tbsp no-beef-base (or similar vegan base)
- 4 cups water
- 1 1/4 cups pearl onions
- 1 3/4 cups peas
- MASHED POTATO TOPPING INGREDIENTS
- 6 large baking potatoes
- 4 tsp ground flax seed
- 3 Tbsp water
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3 1/2 Tbsp vegan margarine
- 1 tsp white pepper, ground
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
- 5 tsp sea salt
- Dice the onion, celery and carrots.
- Grind seitan in a food processor
- MEAT FILLING
- Sautee the ground seitan in the safflower oil until lightly browned.
- Add the diced carrot, celery and onion. Sautee until onions are translucent. Add flour and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes longer.
- Add water and no-beef-base. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently until mixture reaches a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and add the pearl onions.
- Simmer another 15 minutes or until desired moisture is reached.
- Remove from the heat. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
- Finish with fresh peas and allow to cool completely.
- MASHED POTATO TOPPING
- Peel and dice the potatoes. Place them in a pot with enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil and add 5 teaspoons sea salt to the water. Cook until potatoes are soft and yield under light pressure.
- While the potatoes are cooking, combine the ground flax seed with 3 Tbsp water. Allow to hydrate for 15-20 minutes.
- In a small saucepan, heat up unsweetened almond milk with margarine.
- When the potatoes are cooked, drain them of the cooking water. Place them in a bowl and begin to mash them.
- Add ground flax seed and water mixture. Drizzle in almond milk and margarine mixture as needed to create a firm but fluffy mashed potato.
- Season with ground white pepper, nutmeg and sea salt to taste.
- Place 1 cup of mince meat filling in a small pie tin.
- Top with 2/3 cups of mashed potato mixture and decorate with a fork by pressing it in lightly to create lines.
- Place the pie tin on a lined sheet pan and bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes or until heated through and potato top is nicely browned.
- NOTES + SERVING
- Let cool, and serve!
If you love cooking with meat-like seitan — you’re not alone, sales
of the versatile wheat gluten-based ingredient have skyrocketed in recent months — there are plenty of other recipes you could try.
If it’s Italian food you fancy, try this recipe for vegan parmigiana with homemade seitan chicken cutlets. According to recipe creator Amanda Fisher, the texture of the chick’n is spot on and it doesn’t have a “strong mock meat flavour.”
If you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch dish, opt for this recipe for a creamy vegan seitan chicken, avocado, and tomato wrap. According to Viva! Recipe Club — the organization that put together this recipe — the dish is great for fussy eaters and will please both skeptical meat-eaters and vegans alike.
Alternatively, you could try this recipe for a vegan “naked” Taco Bell chicken-style seitan chalupa wrap. According to recipe creator Aaron Calder, he was challenged to make this protein-packed lunch dish by a follower from New York. It includes breaded seitan chicken, dairy-free cheese, lettuce, tomato, and creamy avocado ranch dressing.
If you enjoyed this British comfort food recipe and you’d like to experiment with something similarly warming and simple to make, you could try this protein-packed vegan lentil bolognese. Like Shepherd’s Pie, it’s a warming mid-week classic loved by many.
Or you could opt for this simple vegan chili, it requires cremini and shiitake mushrooms, beans, onions, and a bunch of veggies. Recipe maker Elizabeth Shah says, “the texture is convincingly similar to conventional chili.”
If you’re not full yet, try this recipe for healthy vegan raspberry cake donuts with icing for dessert. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more chocolatey, you could opt for this recipe for a dairy-free creamy chocolate roulade with added vegan chocolate, which should just about satisfy your sweet tooth.
This recipe was republished with permission from By Chloe.