What could be more comforting and traditional than a lovely Shepherd’s Pie for celebrating the Irish holiday? Keep this one vegetarian or use your favorite meat instead — either way it’s full of delicious fresh vegetables like those available from the Indy Winter Market or your CSA.
Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie

Courtesy of Food Network Magazine


  • 6 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 bunch baby turnips, halved or quartered if large
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley, leaves chopped (stems reserved)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped meat of choice (or meat substitute)
  • 2/3 cup milk or half-and-half
  • Grated parmesan cheese, for sprinkling (optional)


  1. Preheat the broiler. Cover the potatoes with water in a pot; season with salt, cover and boil until the potatoes are fork-tender, 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a stovetop casserole dish or shallow enamel pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, turnips and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook until the vegetables brown, 8 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups cooking liquid from the potatoes to the casserole dish. Lower the heat and scrape up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Tie the parsley stems with twine and add to the casserole. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 8 minutes. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons butter and the chopped veggie burgers and warm through, 5 minutes. Remove the parsley stems and stir in the chopped parsley. Keep warm.
  3. Drain the potatoes and mash with the remaining 3 tablespoons butter and the milk; season with salt and pepper and spoon over the casserole. Sprinkle with parmesan, if desired. Broil until golden brown, 5 minutes. Makes 4 servings.
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