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OK – who doesn’t love Shepherd’s pie? Vegetarians – you might say. But with all the vegetarian & vegan meat choices out there these days, there is no reason we all cannot still enjoy traditional comfort foods like Shepherd’s pie!
I made a more typical version for the blog & that can be found HERE.
But, if you follow this blog, you know that there are two things I never tire of: cauliflower & pizza. This pizza is just the natural extension of my pizza obsession. I know that Shepherd’s pie is made with mashed potatoes but mashed potatoes just seemed far too dense to put atop pizza, so I used potatoes sliced very thin on a mandolin. I used this vegan ground beef:
You can use soyrizo or even real ground beef if you prefer. I used real cheeses but you can sub them out with a vegan variety, if you choose. I used peas & carrots but you could use corn or shredded Brussels sprouts or whateverthefuck you might use in your traditional Shepherd’s pie.
OH! And I used my HOMEGROWN scallions!!!
Check THAT out! That is about one week’s worth of growth regrown from the ends I typically threw away. See the romaine in the foreground? Regrowing – just in WATER. Learn how (and learn what other grocery items you can regrow) HERE.
With that – let me present:
Shepherd’s Pie Pizza (Vegetarian – Vegan – or Not)
This makes enough topping for AT LEAST two pizzas
Pizza dough (I used THIS)
12 oz Ground beef (vegan or otherwise)
4 ounces mushrooms – sliced (maybe reserve a few slices to top the pizza as garnish)
1/2 onion – chopped
2 carrots – chopped
1/2 cup peas
Potato – sliced very thin (enough to cover your pizza in a single layer)
Cherry tomatoes – halved (optional)
Fresh Thyme – stems removed
Garlic – to taste (I used 4 cloves on one pizza) – sliced very thin
Scallions – chopped
Parsley – chopped
Cheese (or vegan alternative) – I used both sliced fresh mozzarella & some bullshit bagged grated cheese blend
Heat the oven to a very completely reached 450.
Heat a glug or two of olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the mushrooms & onion & carrots & saute until soft. Add the ground beef (faux or real) & cook til heated through & then add the peas.
Roll the dough out & place it on a greased cooking sheet.
Layer with sliced potato, sliced garlic & thyme. Drizzle with olive oil.
Top with your meat blend. See my Memphis praying for me to drop something??
Top with your cheese selection & maybe place a few slices of mushrooms on top.
Last minute, I decided to add the tomatoes – primarily for color. Then just bake your pizza until the cheese is melted & the crust is as you like it – probable 10-15 minutes depending on a few variable factors like oven temp & pizza density.
Top with parsley & scallions & maybe another drizzle of olive oil.