Wednesday, March 18, 2009

st. patrick's day

happy (day after) st. patrick's day! we opted to sip (and gulp) our cider and guiness at home last night along with a delicious shepards pie creation. i thought this pie had a nice balance of flavors and textures, it was super flavorful and nothing overpowered anything else. everyone worked very well together.

we started off with a layer of kris's super amazing garlic mashed potatoes. we then topped that with a layer of tempeh sausage crumbles from vegan with a vengeance. we had never made them before and they were SO good. they've got a bit of an italian flavor and the texture is great as well. we think they would be perfect on a pizza. or in pasta. or straight from the pan.

but back to the pie. on top of the tempeh went a layer of grilled then chopped leeks and just barely broiled asparagus. on top of that was the second layer of potatoes (this time with some chopped scallions mixed in) and cheezy sauce! cheezy sauce is from veganomicon and it's a nutritional yeast based sauce with the consistency of thick melty cheese. it seeped into the pie and spread it's yumminess throughout. we topped the whole thing with tomato slices and popped it in the oven for a while and when it was was just what we'd hoped for. a delicious potatoey st. patrick's day appropriate meal.


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