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The most popular version of this dish is made with minced meat, as well as a large quantity of dairy. The Shepherdess’s Pie (a vegetarian version) is commonly made with cheese, butter, milk, and/or cream. This plant-based version uses a wide variety of flavorful vegetables. The recipe makes a full six to eight servings—and it reheats well at the end of a busy weekday. Its flavors intensify overnight as the vegetables and mushrooms meld into the sauces. For best results, use a deep-dish pan rather than a shallow one, but avoid using any type of dish that will crack under broiling heat. I use a 3-quart clay baker (4 inches deep, with a 3-inch-tall lid), which is easy to clean—just soak it without any soap and the food comes off easily. Plus, food rarely gets stuck to it during cooking, even when cooking without oil.
In 2002, Judy Micklewright set out on a path of discovery into plant-based living and found vigor in her mind, body, and soul. Now a mother, Judy continues to dedicate herself to unearthing tasty, plant-based good-for-you cuisine.see more from this author