It’s not news that England often gets a bum rap for its cuisine, particularly from Americans. Anyone who thinks the English fail at food, however, probably has never enjoyed real Yorkshire pudding, fish and chips or cottage pie in ole Blighty.
Cottage pie is a meat pie — beef — with a mashed potato crust. Although it’s sometimes called shepherd’s pie, shepherd’s pie is made with lamb, not beef. Vegetarians who crave this savory delight need not go without.
The following recipe uses Quorn grounds and requires a casserole dish. Two of the ingredients are British imports: the Heinz-brand baked beans and the Bisto-brand gravy granules. Look for these in the imported foods section of your local grocery store or a specialty shop. They are also available online, but watch out for any applicable shipping and handling fees. Of course, you can use regular baked beans and half a bouillon cube in place of both.
It’s a nice alternative for meat-eaters who wish to enjoy the taste of meat on Meatless Mondays.
This dish pairs nicely with some boiled or steamed peas and corn. Frozen will do just fine.
Nutrition info per serving (with 4 servings per recipe), estimated through SparkPeople's nutrition calculator: 454.7 calories, 15.8 grams of fat, 71.5 grams of carbs, 12.7 grams of protein
Rik Lee has been a vegetarian for 28 years. He originally hails from the North of England and made his way to New York in 2007. Rik shares the kitchen with Vitals editor Vivian Lee and when he makes dinners such as this, he wins. A writer, he just wrapped up a degree in English literature with a 70-page love letter to the dictionary.