I think there tends to be two types of vegetarians, the ones that do not touch any fake meat products with a 10 foot pole and the ones that do…. Thank God I married the latter, there is only some much beans, grains and tofu a meat eatin gal can stomach! Mr Weiss swears by the Morning Star Farms brands of sausages, sausage patties, meat crumbles, tofurkey and other weird nonsense that I otherwise fully support.
Vegetarian Shepards Pie
1 large onion chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried italian herbs, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
12 0z soy meat crumbles
16 0z can chopped tomatoes
1 large fresh tomato chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup each of frozen peas and corn
2 tbsp ketchup
4 medium sized potatoes cut in wedges
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup grated cheese (parmesan or chedder or a mix) + 1/4 c
In a large skillet heat the oil and saute the onions and garlic until fragrant and translucent, about 5 mins. Add the soy crumbles, combine well and brown another 5 mins. Bung everything else in the pan and let it simmer away for about 15 mins. In the meantime, throw the potatoes into a pot, cover with water and a pinch of salt and boil until mashable. Drain add the milk, butter and 1/2c parmesan and mash well.
In an 8 x 8 pan (or something similar) pour the meat filling into the pan, cover with the mash potato and sprinkle with the leftover 1/4 c cheese. Bake 375F for about 20-30 mins until the potato topping is slightly golden and the cheese melted.
You’d never know it wasn’t real meat… well maybe you would.