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Belt Bustin' Shepherd's Pie

What you need: 

1 1/2 pounds baby red potatoes
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 (12 ounce) packages vegan ground beef
salt and pepper, to taste
1 (14 ounce) can creamed corn
1 (14 ounce) can sweet whole kernel corn
1 cup frozen sweet peas
2 tablespoons chives, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated vegan margarine
1-2 sprinkles paprika, optional

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Put your potatoes on to boil in enough salted water to cover them. Saute onion in a large skillet with olive oil until it begins to look translucent.
2. Add in "ground beef" and cook until heated through. Salt and pepper, to taste and remove from heat. Transfer "beef" to a non-greased baking dish, a 10" deep dish casserole or a 9x13" rectangular pan will work fine.
3. Spread each corn in a layer over the "beef", and do the same with frozen peas; set aside. Pour off water from potatoes, toss in garlic, chives, margarine, salt and pepper and mash.
4. Spread the mashed potatoes over the pie and sprinkle with paprika, if using. Place pie on prepared sheet, and bake for 30-45 minutes, or until the potatoes are nice and golden and the juices from the "beef" and veggies are bubbling around the edges.
Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes and serve with a nice green salad. Don't forget to change into your sweatpants before you get your second helping!

Preparation Time: 
1 1/2 hour
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4-6
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

My husband and I loved this.  I omitted the creamed corn and I added mushrooms and carrots and Italian seasoning. It turned out delicious!

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I liked this dish but it didn't have enough flavor. Next time I'll add more herbs and spices

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Awesome recipe! I think I will make some gray to pour over mince before baking next time & maybe add some herbs. ;)b

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I used cooked lentils instead of veggie ground, dried generic "Italian herbs" seasoning (garlic, basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme) instead of fresh chives and garlic, and omitted the creamed corn because I hate the stuff. It turned out very well! Great recipe.

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my father requested i make shepard's pie for dinner, something i've never tried before tonight. i reviewed a couple of recipes with him and he approved of the sound of this one. i thought it was pretty good though i have nothing to compare it to- dad on the other hand, who's only ever had the animal kinds, ended up eating half of it!! :o he said it was really good, just like a traditional one. so take it from my pops, this is apparently a worthwhile shepard's pie recipe :P as for preparation, it was easy to make, if you're already a pro at 1. mashed potatoes (simple), 2. heating fake beef in a skillet (even simpler), and 3. opening stuff with can openers (um.. sometimes not so simple). ;D i also added a layer of sauteed portabellas on top of the beef, because we like mushrooms.

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I just made this for my boyfriend and we both loved it. I followed greentomato's lead and substituted one of the veggie meat packages with a couple of carrots. I don't think it would need the second package of "meat" because it's already so rich and flavorful. I've been going back to the casserole dish with a fork all night, and I'm looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow too. Great, simple recipe!

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I made this for Christmas dinner, even the non-vegans loved it.  :)>>>  Will be making this a lot!!!

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DEEEElicious and filling!

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Oh we made this the other day and it was so good and so filling that after we all were stuck on the sofa we couldn't move we were so full.  We didn't use the sweet peas only because I had soy beans just sitting in my fridge so we used them.  This is deffinetly going in my recipie box.  My dad came over that night and he usually walks to the store to get some meat for himself but he loved this too. 

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Holy moly, I wasn't expecting all that much but this was delicious.  I had a couple mods... taking some cues from Lisas Famous Shepard's Pie and Smothered Tofu Steak and Onions (both on this site), I used tofu (frozen, thawed and pressed) instead of "ground beef", and to it I added thyme, coriander, lemon juice, bragg's, balsamic vinegar, vegan worcester sauce, and toasted chopped walnuts.  I entirely omitted the margarine, the chives, and the paprika.  And I used white potatoes rather than red and garlic powder rather than fresh.  And I added a generous helping of a powder mixture made from ground cashews, garlic powder, and seasoning salt to the mashed potatoes (my modification of Lady Dragonfly's Bulk Dry Uncheese Mix).  And I cooked it at 375-400 rather than at 350.  I guess that's more than a couple mods, lol.  But other than that it was straight by the book.  I'd never have thought of creamed corn here... it totally works though, the sweetness is perfect.  I'd've added carrots if I had had any to hand.  Five stars.  Definitely less work than Lisas Famous Shepard's Pie, although that recipe is also excellent.

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