I fully admit, the one you see here was not vegan, it wasn’t even vegetarian, I couldn’t resist finely slicing a couple of leftover sausages and I don’t imagine the red wine was vegan. Those things aside, it’s totally vegan..
This recipe is a bastardised Jamie Oliver, as most of mine are!
For two hungry people
3 or 4 celery sticks
couple of small peppers of any colour
handful of mushrooms
large red onion
large slug of red wine
tin of chickpeas
for the topping:
white potatoes and sweet potatoes, enough to make mash to cover the top
two rosemary sprigs
stale end of bread
teaspoon of oil
parmesan or little bit of cheese
Firstly chop up all your veg and sauté lightly in a oven transferable cooking pot for about 15 minutes until soft. You want all the flavours to be released. Add in the tin of chickpeas, juice and all, this will be like the meat to you dish. Then get the pot nice and hot before adding the red wine (the more the better). Cook of all the alcohol off and add enough boiling stock to cover the vegetables ( I used some gravy granules this time and it was delicious). This can be then put into the oven for 40 minutes on roughly 150.
The potatoes can be peeled, chopped and boiled until soft and mashed together. You’ll notice I didn’t mash mine this time, this was because my bag of sweet potatoes had gone squidgy so I didn’t have enough, I thinly sliced and layered instead, which was just as nice!
Whilst the potatoes are boiling, put a tbsp. of oil into a blender followed by some salt, the rosemary leaves, the ripped up stale bread and some cheese. Blitz it until you get fine breadcrumbs.
Transfer the vegetables to a pie dish and leave to cool slightly (otherwise the mash wont hold on the top) before spooning on the mash generously and topping it with the breadcrumbs. This should now need warming through for 20 minutes or until it’s piping hot and the crust is golden.
I was so eager to eat I forgot to photograph it fresh out of the oven and I don’t think I will win any prizes for food photography!
Serve with some seasonal vegetables or just bowl it up and have it on it’s own. Enjoy!
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