Cottage Pie is undoubtedly a British classic. While there’s lots of peeling and chopping involved, it’s one of those meals where the preparation certainly pays off. For those with a bit of spare time, my Green Lentil and Sweet Potato Cottage Pie is a definite crowd pleaser.
I much prefer to use lentils instead of mock meat, although this recipe works just as well with soya mince.
As a rough guide, this recipe makes 1 large pie or 4 individual pies.
- 600ml water
- 400g green lentils
- 100ml unsweetened soya milk
- 50g dairy-free margarine
- 4 sweet potatoes
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 sticks of celery
- 2 carrots
- 1 brown onion
- 4 tbsp. vegan gravy powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. fresh or dried thyme
- 1 tbsp. fresh of dried oregano
- 1 tbsp. sunflower oil
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Begin by preparing the ingredients. Drain and rinse the lentils thoroughly in a colander. Peel and finely chop the sweet potatoes, garlic, celery, carrots and onion. Add the sweet potatoes to a large saucepan filled with water.
Warm the water, using a medium heat, then cover the saucepan with a lid. Cook for 20-25 minutes while you prepare the filling.
Start by adding the sunflower oil to a large saucepan. Warm the sunflower oil, using a medium heat, then add the remaining vegetables.
Cook for 5 minutes, to allow the vegetables to soften a little, then add all of the herbs. Stir to combine then cook for 5 minutes.
Add the green lentils, water, vegan gravy granules and bay leaves. Stir to combine then cook for a further 10-15 minutes, or until the filling has thickened. Remove the bay leaves then season to taste.
Transfer the filling to 1 large pie dish or 4 individual pie dishes, allowing space for the topping. Set the dish/dishes to one side then pre-heat the oven to gas mark 7, around 220 degrees.
Drain the sweet potatoes thoroughly in a colander. Mash the sweet potatoes fully, ensuring there are no lumps. Add the maple syrup, dairy-free margarine and soya milk then stir to combine.
Cover the filling evenly with the topping then score with a fork. Put the dish/dishes in to the oven then cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the topping is crispy and golden.
Serve and enjoy!