Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie is a delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day - and is perfect for folks who don’t eat meat!
Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Have you prepared your greenery? More importantly, what’s on your menu?
Being as St. Paddy’s Day is a declared day of feasting, heavy comfort foods with Irish roots, such as Corned Beef and Shepherd’s Pie, are on everyone’s mind, running the local grocer plumb out of beef, potatoes and cabbage.
Buuuuuuut…. what about the folks who love celebrating a great holiday and don’t eat meat? Never fear, Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie (also known as Shepherdless Pie) is a delicious and easy solution.
Shepherd’s Pie has been a popular dish in the United Kingdom since the Middle Ages. It is slow-cooked thick stew typically made with lamb or beef, topped with mashed potatoes and baked. This ultimate comfort food was the vehicle to use leftover meat in England, Scotland and Ireland.
This recipe makes a great deal of food to share with your friends and family and is packed full of nutrition. I used parsnips, carrots and mushrooms for the stew but the recipe can be easily adapted to include any of your favorite vegetables or even lentils or beans. The meal comes out very hearty and filling in spite of the fact that there’s no Shepherd in the pie. You’ll feel satisfied with your vitamin-packed meal.
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie is as simple as sautéing and simmering vegetables in broth (and some beer for good measure), pouring it into a casserole dish, topping with mashed potatoes and baking it. Boom! Shepherdless Pie. Pair the meal with Irish Soda Bread, such as Gluten-Free Cheese & Herb Irish Soda Bread from The Roasted Root.
However you choose to get your green on for St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy a hearty Irish meal and for heaven’s sake, don’t forget the beer!