nutritional information

Per :

  • Calories: 342
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Total Fat: 16.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 41 g
  • Cholesterol: 65 mg
  • Sodium: 409 mg
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Sugar: 9 g

Unemployed Shepherd’s Pie

Unemployed Shepherd's Pie

Serves 8

Straying from meat replacements, Janet DeGras, second-place winner in VT's 2008 Reader Recipe Contest, re-created this typically lamb-filled classic with eggplant as the featured ingredient. "The density of eggplant makes it a good substitute for meat, and its creaminess goes really well with mashed potatoes," DeGras notes. The inside-out technique of putting the green vegetables on top of the casserole instead of inside adds color to the dish and pick up crunchiness as they bake.
  • 6 cups peeled, cubed potatoes
  • ¼ cup low-fat milk
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 15-oz. cans diced organic tomatoes with liquid
  • 2 large eggplants, peeled and chopped (1 & ½ lb.)
  • 1 Tbs. Simply Organic Parsley
  • 1 tsp. Simply Organic Basil
  • 1 tsp. Simply Organic Garlic Flakes
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced very thin
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced very thin
  • ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper, optional

1. Place potatoes in large pot, cover with water, bring to a boil, and cook 10 to 15 minutes, or until soft. Drain, and mash with milk and butter. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 5 minutes, or until beginning to soften. Stir in tomatoes, eggplants, parsley, basil, garlic flakes, and sea salt; season with pepper. Simmer 20 minutes, or until vegetables are soft. Remove from heat, and stir in Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and eggs. Spread potato mixture over top, banking up sides a bit.

3. Heat remaining 2 Tbs. oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add green bell pepper and zucchini, and sauté 7 to 10 minutes, or until just tender.

4. Fill center of mashed potatoes with sautéed bell pepper and zucchini, and sprinkle with black pepper, if desired. Bake 20 minutes, or until heated through. (Baking will take less time if mashed potatoes are hot at time of assembly.)

October 2008

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comments

Tasty and filling! I thought the eggplant filling could use a little more flavor and texture, so added a little veggie bullion, some frozen peas and fresh garlic. It took me a while longer to cook down the filling so eggplants were creamy. I used red potatoes and left the skins on. Added some sliced red peppers on top which made it look nice and festive for a holiday potluck. A bit of work to prep the ingredients, but definitely a recipe I'll do again.

Sarah - 2013-12-02 06:01:19

Very yummy and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it!! While I was making it, I was thinking I would hate it!!! Very hearty and delicious. Only thing I was thinking is that I would like to have more zucchini inside of it. May try that next time or more on top :)

Rochelle Hray - 2013-04-08 02:15:11

Such a hearty dish; definitely homestyle comfort food! I make my potatoes with plain soymilk, turn out wonderfully creamy! Enjoy!

Kristen - 2011-06-17 13:46:08

This is such a great winter dish that always fills me up and taste great!

Joshua - 2011-01-24 14:14:42

I'm surprised that you would peel the potatoes. I would also encourage organic produce.

kam - 2010-04-12 12:56:06

Love this recipe! Quite satisfying so it goes on my list of comforts food. I also mashed some cooked cauliflower in with the potatoes. Mashed potatoes & cauliflower is something my part-time carnivore husband enjoys.

Marie - 2009-09-16 11:17:50

This recipe is so good!!!

Staci - 2009-06-19 19:35:17

Yum! Made this tonight. We can't have dairy in our house, so I skipped the parmesan and used canned coconut milk for the mashed potatoes (my soy milk was vanilla, and I wasn't willing to run out to the store for a better substitution)- it worked out well. I guess you could call it "almost vegan" shepherd's pie. The presentation on the plate isn't the prettiest, but it is delicious.

Angie - 2011-07-24 19:15:02