I actually ate so much I got a belly ache. You would think I would learn.
There are a bunch of steps, but the whole process only took about 45 minutes. This is a great one to serve to omni's, if you don't mind the constant "What is this bottom layer stuff?" questions.
Sweet Shephard's Pie
A casserole in 3 layers: "meat", veggie, and potato. This is a sweet version of the old standard.
Bottom Layer - "Meat":
2 Cups dry TVP
1 cup Soy sauce
2 cups Water
1 Tbl Kitchen Bouquet (optional)
1 Tbl Balsamic vinegar
1 Tbl Olive Oil
1 Tbl Nutritional Yeast
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Ground Sage
1 tsp Fine ground sea salt
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of Cayanne Pepper
- Dice a small onion and set aside for later
Middle Layer - Veggies:
1 12 oz. cans Black Beans
1 12 oz. can Whole Kernal Corn
1 can of Roasted red peppers (diced them) or 1 12oz can diced tomatoes
Top Layer - Potato/Yams:
4 small/med Yams or Sweet Potatoes - peeled, cubed and steamed
2 Tbl rice milk
2 Tbl Veggie Broth
1 Tbl Fine Ground Sea Salt
2 Tbl Molassas
4 Tbl Margerine
Preheat oven to 425.
First, prepare the bottom layer: Put TVP in a bowl. In a seperate bowl, combine all other ingredients, except diced onion and wisk together. Slowly add wet to dry while stirring. Let stand while you prepare yams.
Next, prepare the Yams/Sweet Potatoes layer. Peel, cube and steam them. Once they are soft enough to push a fork through very easily, out them in a large bowl, add the other "Top Layer" ingredients and mash.
Next - Pre-cooking the bottom layer - In a large skillet on Med-high heat, add a few Tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is hot, put the diced onion in the skillet. Once the onions begin to turn transluscent add the re-hydrated TVP. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes.
Time to Layer! - In a large lasagna pan, put the "meat" layer in first. Spread evenly. Next, layer in the Black Beans, Corn and Diced Red Peppers/Tomatoes. Next, Layer on the mashed Yams/Sweet Potatoes. Optional: Top with Peprika and Nuritional Yeast
Bake at 425 for about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to stop bubbling. Serves a large amount of people.. or 5 people who do not know their limits.