Comfort Food on a Cold Night

I’m sure most of us can agree there is nothing like a bowl of warm comfort food on a cold winter day. This recipe was found on TheKindLife.com and looked so delicious we just had to share with you!

If the recipe seems too much, separate each task. Make a shopping list first for your ingredients. Before going to the market go through your pantry and check off the items you already have. Once you are ready to cook, you can either make each part of the recipe on the same day it will be served, or if you’re pressed for time, make the filling one day the potatoes the next, and the crust on the day you put it together.

This meal is not gluten free, but sure to please our Vegan readers. One things is for sure   . . . your belly will be warm.

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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients:

Filling: Please use organic whenever possible

3 1/2 cups vegetable broth warmed

1/4 cup dried porcini mushrooms

2 medium carrots diced

2 medium potatoes diced

2 small stalks celery chopped

1/4 cup corn (fresh or frozen)

1 large Portobello mushroom or 2.5 cups sliced crimini mushrooms

1/2 cup peas 1 medium onion chopped

5 garlic cloves finely chopped

1 Tbs. canola or olive oil

1 Tbs. dried rosemary

1 tsp sea salt (can use less if using salted broth)

1 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

3 Tbs. organic flour (you can also use oats ground finely in the coffee grinder or organic white flour)

Potato topping:

2 large potatoes whole, boiled until soft

1 clove garlic finely chopped

2 Tbs. butter

1/2 cup almond milk

pinch of sea salt

Crust:

1 cup unbleached all purpose flour

1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour (if you don’t have just use more regular flour)

1/2 tsp sea salt  (grey sea salt for extra minerals!)

1/3 cup canola oil  left in freezer for at least an hour

3 Tbs. cold water

2 sheets of wax paper

Rolling pin

Instructions:

For the filling: Pour the hot vegetable broth over the dried porcini mushrooms in your main large pot. Let steep for five minutes.  Add the carrots, celery, and potatoes and bring to a boil with medium heat.  Add a few tablespoons of temperate water to the flour, and stir to make a paste.  Then add to the pot, stirring until dissolved.  Turn down and simmer on low boil stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, sauté the onions and garlic cloves in oil in a medium pan on medium heat for approximately ten minutes.

Add the Portobello and black pepper.

Add the rosemary (crush it with your fingers as you drop it into the pan).

Stir frequently and continue sautéing until the onions are soft and transparent.

Add the onion/mushroom mixture to the vegetable stock pot.

Add peas, corn and salt. Simmer for fifteen minutes or until the broth is thick. If you like the texture of the dried mushrooms, cut them up into smaller pieces and put them back in. Otherwise you can remove and discard them.

For the crust: Measure out the water and add a few ice cubes to keep it really cold.  Mix flour & salt in a medium sized bowl.  Pour the oil (fresh from the freezer) in and use a fork to roughly blend.  Do not blend too much; you want more of a crumbly mixture.  Add a tablespoon of ice water and blend with fork.  Continue adding the rest of the water by tablespoons and blending. Form a ball with the dough.  If it doesn’t hold together add a bit more ice water.  Knead the dough a few times.  Place your ball on one of the pieces of wax paper.  Put the other piece of wax paper on top and then use the rolling pin to roll it between the sheets of paper.  Work quickly and don’t overdo it. You want the fats to stay solid and not melt until they make it into the oven.  This is what produces a flaky pie crust!

Make a 9″ circle, approximately 1″ bigger circumference than your pie pan. Carefully peel off the top piece of wax, flip the crust onto the pie pan and press inside.  Now carefully peel off the remaining piece of wax.

Fill the pie crust with the filling.  Cover and bake for approximately 40 minutes. Put another cookie sheet underneath just in case it spills over.

For the topping:

Take your large potatoes and mash them in a bowl with a mixer, potato masher or a fork.  Add butter, plain almond milk, garlic, and a pinch of salt and mix to a creamy consistency.

After thirty minutes take the pie out of the oven.  Remove the foil and carefully cover the top of your pie with the mashed potatoes.  Distribute it evenly over the pie.  Place the pie in the broiler part of the oven for ten minutes, or until the top is nicely browned.  Let cool for ten minutes and serve!

Here’s to a nice warm belly on a cold, wintery night. Enjoy!

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