Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Potato (cottage) Pie

The temperature outside is dropping and you feel like something substantial than soup. Of course hubby comes home hungry and you know that an old fashioned potato pie is just the thing to warm you up. DO was a bit sceptical that he would like a potato pie without meat but he really enjoyed it, helping himself to seconds and taking leftovers to work for lunch.

Potato Pie

5 large potatoes
dairy free milk
dairy free margarine
2 tabs olive oil
1 small onion diced
1 teaspoon crushed garlic (I used the stuff in the jar)
1 teaspoon crushed cumin seeds
1 can drained and rinsed kidney beans
1 can tomatoes
2 tabs dried mixed herbs
1 1/2 cups water
2 beef flavoured vegan stock cubes
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup bourghal (cracked wheat)
1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper

Peel potatoes. Place into a saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return to saucepan. Add margarine and milk. Mash until smooth.

In a large saucepan, place oil, onions, garlic and cumin saute until cumin is fragrant. Add kidney beans and tomatoes and crush with potato masher until beans are smooth. Place stock cubes and cocoa powder into tomato can, add 1/2 cup water and stir until smooth. Add that to saucepan along with the remainder of the water. Add herbs, bourghal, worcester sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper. Place lid on saucespan and simmer for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 6cm deep, 24cm x 30cm (base) lasagne dish. Spoon sauce into dish. Top with mashed potato. Dot the potato with a little margarine and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until potato is golden brown. Serve.

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