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Shepherdess Pie with Rutabaga Mash Topping

Day 54: What to do with a rutabaga? Yes, indeed, WHAT? (Any ideas – please post below)
We received a couple of these wrinkly veggies in our Winter CSA – just when I was getting a handle of cabbage, these arrived instead, like devil brains.

I adapted a rutabaga mash from Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero, but it didn’t work as a standalone dish, so I turned it into a shepherdess pie with the help of the Queen Vegetarian, Rose Elliot, from The Complete Vegetarian Cuisine
Shepherdess Pie

1 C lentils
2 Tbs Braggs Liquid Aminos
2 onions, peeled and chopped
2 Tbs vegan butter/olive oil combo
1 Tsp Marjoram
2 Tbs chopped parsley
1 Tsp Thyme
One 15-ounce can chopped tomatoes
1 garlic clove, crushed
Rutabaga Mash Topping
2 1/2 lbs rutabaga, scrubbed, peeled and chopped
1/4 Tsp chili flakes
1 Tsp agave (debatable if you even need this)
2 Tbs fresh lime juice (I use Santa Cruz)
1/2 Tsp salt
1/4 C coconut milk
1 Tbs (heaping) nutritional yeast
Pinch red chili flakes

Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
Chipotle/smoked paprika mix for the top prior to baking.

The Mash:
Simmer the rutabaga in boiling water turned down, for 20 minutes, until tender.
Drain and place in a food processor with all the other rutabaga mash ingredients. Add more or less salt/pepper/nutritional yeast/chili flakes to taste.

The Rest:
Cook the lentils in gently boiling water for about 45 minutes. Drain.
Saute the chopped onions in the butter/oil mix for about 10 minutes.
Add the herbs, garlic, soy sauce, lentils, salt and pepper. Mix together.
Place in a greased dish.
Top with the rutabaga mash. Sprinkle with chipotle/smoked paprika mix and drizzle on a little extra olive oil.

Bake at 400 F (205C)for about 45 minutes, until the top is golden and gorgeous.


2 Responses to “Shepherdess Pie with Rutabaga Mash Topping”

  1. On March 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm BethNYC responded with... #

    this one sounds absolutely delicious and filling.. I am going to give this one a go over the weekend!!

    • On March 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm SheriGraubert responded with... #

      Do! It tastes even better the next day. And don’t feel obliged to stick with rutabaga. Mashed potato will do perfectly fine. xx

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