March 02, 2015

Lentil & Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Two individual casserole dishes layed on a tea towel, filled with a vegetarian shepherd's pie

There are not many signs of spring to be seen as yet. But I am well over winter. I literally cannot wait for fresh spring ingredients and a bit more sunshine. It’s that end of winter feeling, when it’s become near unbearable. I try to convince myself that I shouldn’t get impatient and simply enjoy the process, live the moment for what it is. So I am still cooking comforting dishes. After the crumble idea I posted last week, I wanted to share a savoury recipe. This one is a vegetarian take on a British classic (also called cottage pie), and was inspired by one that my mother in law cooked for us last time we visited them. It can very easily be made vegan by simply leaving the cheese out. I like serving it with a side of rice and/or a green salad, for a wholesome nourishing meal, which in those moments actually makes me love winter ;-)

An individual casserole dish layed on a tea towel, filled with a vegetarian shepherd's pie

Lentil & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie – serves 4 to 6
•300g green lentils
•2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
•Salt and pepper
•50g grated cheese (optional)
•A knob of coconut oil
•1 onion, peeled and chopped
•2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
•1 carrot, peeled and cut into very small cubes
•1 stick celery, cut into very small cubes
•1tsp ground thyme
•1tsp ground cumin
•½ tsp chilli powder
•1 can chopped tomatoes

1.Place the lentils in a pan of cold water, bring to the boil and cook for about 20min, until the lentils are tender but not mushy. Drain and set aside.
2.Place the sweet potatoes in a pan of boiling water and cook for 15-20min until tender, drain, place back in the pan and mash using a potato masher. Season with salt and pepper, and if using the cheese, mix it in until melted.
3.Preheat the oven to 180°C.
4.Heat a knob of coconut oil in a sauté pan, add the onion and gently fry for 5min, until soft. Add the garlic, carrot, celery, thyme, ground cumin and chilli powder and fry for another 5min. Add the can of chopped tomatoes and leave to simmer for 10min. Season with salt and pepper, then add the lentils and mix well.
5.Transfer the lentil sauce to a large oven dish or individual ones and spread the mixture over the bottom of the dish. Spread the mashed sweet potatoes over the top. Place in the oven for 20min and serve.

Hachis Parmentier de Lentilles & Patate Douce – pour 4 à 6 personnes
•300g de lentilles vertes
•2 grosses patates douces, pelées et coupées en cubes
•Sel et poivre
•50g de fromage râpé (optionnel)
•1 noix d’huile de coco
•1 oignon, pelé et émincé
•2 gousses d’ail, pelées et émincées
•1 carotte, pelée et coupée en tous petits cubes
•1 branche de céleri, coupée en tous petits cubes
•1cc de thym séché
•1cc de cumin en poudre
•½ cc de piment en poudre
•1 boîte de tomates concassées

1.Mettre les lentilles dans une casserole d’eau froide. Porter à ébullition et laisser cuire environ 20min, jusqu'à ce que les lentilles soient tendres mais ne s’écrasent pas. Egoutter et réserver.
2.Mettre les cubes de patates douces dans une casserole d’eau bouillante. Laisser cuire 15-20min jusqu'à ce qu’elles soient tendres. Egoutter et remettre dans la casserole puis écraser avec un presse-purée. Assaisonner de sel et poivre et ajouter le fromage râpé et mélanger jusqu'à ce qu’il soit fondu.
3.Préchauffer le four sur 180°C.
4.Faire chauffer une noix d’huile de coco dans une sauteuse. Ajouter l’oignon et le faire revenir 5min. Ajouter l’ail, la carotte, le céleri, le thym, le cumin et le piment et faire revenir encore 5min. Puis ajouter la boîte de tomates et laisser réduire 10min. Enfin, ajouter les lentilles et mélanger.
5.Répartir la sauce aux lentilles dans le fond d’un grand plat à four ou de plusieurs plats individuels. Répartir la purée de patate douce sur le dessus et enfourner pour 20min. Servir seul ou avec du riz et/ou une salade verte.

Two individual casserole dishes layed on a tea towel, filled with a vegetarian shepherd's pie

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