Sweet Potato Shepards Pie
Shepard’s pie made with English potatoes is very popular in the UK and to a lesser extent North America. Traditionally this was a casserole for the working man and it is a very hearty dish.It can be easily prepared in advanced and then simple heated up when you are ready for it. I love Shepard’s Pie with english potatoes and tvp filling or brown lentil filling.
For my dinner party a few weeks ago I did a yam Shepard’s pie which was very good but unfortunately I did not get to take picture. I decided to do a sweet potato Shepard’s pie today as I had a fairly fresh sweet potato and I had bought some dried seasoned textured vegetable protein aka granburger as it is called in Barbados. This is pretty heavy and I recommend having it for lunch where you need to be stuffed the most. You can serve this with additional gravy as sweet potato tends to get dry. Sometimes I reserve some of the tvp gravy to serve with this or I make mushroom or onion gravy to add to the top. I usually have this pie with salad or sweet peas.The uneaten pie can be stored in the freezer for a long time. I am not a big sweet potato fan but I fell in love with this dish last year in Barbados at the vegan restaurant. I found their pie very flavourful and a little spicy. I think my version is mild and I have done a pretty good job at getting out that soy taste from the dried tvp.
From the other picture below you can see I am using white fleshed sweet potatoes. I know many of you think that sweet potato is orange but that is only one variety and believe it or not we rarely use this one in the Caribbean. I find it to be too soft and it reminds me of pumpkin too much. I like the orange variety is soups but I would never use them for fries as they do not hold up. If u find this white variety buy it and make your fries with. It stays up better than English potato. When mashing this variety you can add hot “milk” and vegan butter and you will see it changes from an almost translucent grey silver to white. If you mash it without milk or butter it will stay greyish and that is great too.
Vegan Shepards Pie
Filling:3/4 cup dried TVP or frozen, 1 medium onion chopped, 1 eshallot chopped 2 tsp olive oil, 2 tbs Bajan Seasoning,1 cup of water, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp curry powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1tsp fresh thyme, 1/2 tsp Marmite, few squirts of Braggs Liquid Amino Acids, 1 tbsp tomato paste, 1 tsp Bajan Hot Pepper sauce (optional), 1 tbsp mustard, 3 tbs yeast flakes, 1/4 cup tomato sauce, 3 garlic cloves crushed to add in your sauce 5 mins before finishing, salt to taste. Feel free to add more Bajan seasoning if you want this stew very very flavourful.
Fry up onion in oil. Hydrate TVP and add 2 tbs Bajan seasoning when it is hydrated add the Bajan seasoning. Add tvp to the pan and cook for a few mins. Add the dry spices followed with water. Add all other ingredients except garlic. Add the garlic in the last 10 mins of cooking
Peel and cook sweet potatoes until firm. Mash with butter until smooth.
Grease casserole and layer a very thin layer of potatoes( I do this because adding the tvp mixture first falls to pieces if there is nothing under to support it).Add your tvp mixture. Then add another thin layer of sweet potato. Decorate top and add some olive oil and dried rosemary. Bake for 20 mins and grill the top for 10 mins. Serve with gravy of your choice or reserve tvp stew.
Here is a little pic I put together showing you what the white sweet potato looks like and how it looks mashed cooked etc.