It’s hard to beat the homey, comforting goodness of a shepherd’s pie. This week, our chefs have whipped up a vegetarian version that’s just as rich and hearty as the original! They swap the traditional beef for meaty mushrooms, then simmer with tomato paste, veggie stock, and a bounty of fresh veggies and thyme. On top, swoops of creamy mashed potatoes are sprinkled with white cheddar, then broiled to create an irresistibly cheesy crust. Seriously, who needs the meat when you’ve got all that?!
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Yukon Gold Potatoes
White Cheddar Cheese(ContainsMilk)
Mushroom Stock Concentrate
• Wash and dry all produce. • Dice potatoes into ½-inch pieces; place in a large pot with enough salted water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, 15-20 minutes. • Reserve ½ cup potato cooking liquid, then drain and return potatoes to pot. • Keep covered off heat until ready to mash.
• While potatoes cook, trim and quarter mushrooms. Trim, peel, and finely dice carrots. Halve, peel, and dice half the onion (whole onion for 4 servings). Strip half the thyme leaves from stems (all the thyme leaves for 4); mince leaves.
• Heat a large drizzle of olive oil in a medium, preferably ovenproof, pan (use a large pan for 4 servings) over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and a big pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 5 minutes. • Add another drizzle of olive oil to pan, then stir in carrots, diced onion, and salt. Cook, stirring, until veggies are softened, 5-7 minutes more.
• Stir 1 TBSP butter (2 TBSP for 4 servings) into pan with veggies until melted, then add minced thyme, garlic powder, and flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. • Stir in tomato paste until incorporated, 1 minute. • Pour in ¾ cup water (1 cup for 4) and stock concentrates, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer and cook until sauce has thickened, 2-3 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper. Turn off heat. TIP: If your pan isn’t ovenproof, transfer mixture now to a baking dish.
• Mash potatoes with sour cream, half the cheddar (you’ll use the rest in the next step), and 2 TBSP butter (3 TBSP for 4 servings) until smooth and creamy, adding splashes of reserved potato cooking liquid as needed. Season with salt and pepper.
• Heat broiler to high. • Once filling has thickened, spoon mashed potatoes on top. Spread potatoes into an even layer, leaving a 1-inch border around edge of pan. • Sprinkle potatoes with remaining cheddar.
• Broil shepherd’s pie until cheese is lightly browned, 3-4 minutes. TIP: Watch carefully to avoid burning. • Let rest at least 5 minutes, then divide between plates and serve.