Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with Goats’ Cheese Mash
Although I am not a vegetarian, I really love this alternative version to meat, with its diverse combination of dried pulses and fresh vegetables. It’s also extremely popular with veggie customers in our restaurant at Norwich City Football Club.
|4 oz (110 g) dried black-eyed beans, pre-soaked and drained|
|3 oz (75 g) green split peas (no need to soak), rinsed|
|3 oz (75 g) green lentils (no need to soak), rinsed|
|2 oz (50 g) peeled carrots|
|2 oz (50 g) peeled swede|
|2 oz (50 g) peeled celeriac|
|1 large onion, peeled|
|1 small green pepper, deseeded|
|2 oz (50 g) butter, plus a little extra for greasing|
|8 oz (225 g) tomatoes|
|1 heaped tablespoon chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as sage, rosemary, thyme and parsley|
|¼ level teaspoon ground mace|
|¼ level teaspoon ground cayenne pepper|
|salt and freshly milled black pepper|
|For the topping:|
|4 oz (110 g) soft goats’ cheese|
|1 lb 8 oz (700 g) potatoes, peeled|
|2 oz (50 g) butter|
|2 tablespoons milk|
|1 oz (25 g) Pecorino cheese, grated|
|salt and freshly milled black pepper|
|Need help with conversions?|
|You will also need a steamer; and a round baking dish with a diameter of 9 inches (23 cm), 2 inches (5 cm) deep, buttered.|
This recipe is taken from How to Cook Book Three and Delia's Vegetarian Collection.
You will need to soak and drain the black-eyed beans. To do this, wash them under cold, running water and discard any broken ones. If it is convenient, soak them overnight in 2 pints (1.2 litres) cold water. If you need them today and haven’t got time to do this, simply bring them up to the boil (using the same quantity of water), boil for 10 minutes and leave them to soak for two hours before draining. Now put the drained beans into a saucepan with the split peas and lentils.
Add 1¼ pints (725 ml) boiling water and some salt, cover and simmer gently for 50-60 minutes, or until the pulses have absorbed the water and are soft. Then remove them from the heat and mash them just a little with a large fork. Now pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5, 375°F (190°C), and put the potatoes on to steam. Next, roughly chop all the vegetables, pile the whole lot into a food processor and process until chopped small. Next, melt the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the vegetables and cook gently for 10-15 minutes, stirring now and then until they’re softened and tinged gold at the edges.
Meanwhile, skin the tomatoes. Place them in a heatproof bowl and pour boiling water on to them. After exactly a minute (or 15-30 seconds, if they are small), remove them (protecting your hands with a cloth if the tomatoes are hot), slip off their skins and slice them. After that, add the vegetables to the pulses mixture, along with the herbs, spices and salt and freshly milled black pepper to taste. Then spoon the mixture into the baking dish and arrange the tomatoes in overlapping slices on the top. As soon as the potatoes are cooked, place them in a bowl, add the butter, milk and goats’ cheese, whisk to a smooth purée, season with salt and freshly milled black pepper and spread the potato over the rest of the ingredients in the dish.
Finally, sprinkle over the Pecorino and bake the pie on the top shelf of the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. If you want to prepare this in advance, it will need about 40 minutes in the oven.
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Shepherd's pie was traditionally a good way of using up leftovers, but there's nothing second best about this wonderful traditional winter warmer, made even better with Delia's addition of a cheese and leek crust.
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