Sunday, December 18, 2011

Shepard's Pie

One interesting thing about this recipe is that it can easily be turned vegan, if you happen to be entertaining one of the meat-haters, and it is still very good.  I didn't bother to make it vegan though, I'm just fine with meat  : P
Servings: 6


  • Mashed potato layer:
  • 5 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese 
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Bottom layer:
  • 1 tablespoon oil (you probably don't need this if you're using non-vegan hamburger)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 diced pepper
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 clove garlic, minced, or more to taste
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (I used mozzarella too)


  1. Place the potatoes in a pot, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn the heat to medium-low, and boil the potatoes until tender, about 25 minutes; drain.
  2. Stir the mayonnaise, milk, olive oil, cream cheese, and salt into the potatoes, and mash until smooth and fluffy. Set the potatoes aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C), and spray a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the beef, onion, pepper, carrots, celery, frozen peas, and tomato until the meat is brown and the vegetables are soft. Stir in the Italian seasoning, garlic, and pepper.
  5. Spread the vegetarian meat substitute mixture into the bottom of the baking dish, and top with the mashed potatoes, smoothing them into an even layer. Sprinkle the potatoes with cheese.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted and slightly browned and the casserole is hot, about 20 minutes.


  1. Rich is looking at vegan recipes!? HA! This sounds like deluxe shepherd's pie.

    PS. Do you find your recipes based on if they include cream cheese? :)

  2. Did Rich just write the word "vegan" on his cooking blog? Or did someone hack into his account? Call PETA!

  3. No kidding, are you a People Eating Tasty Animals fan, or not?