Pie-day Friday – cottage pies

I had potatoes to use up last week from the last veg delivery I got. My potato go-to is wedges, because the effort-to-taste ratio is very favourable and you don’t have to peel them, but I don’t find wedges very satisfying unless they’ve got a goodly amount of oil in the coating, whereas mash can take being lightened up without losing its main appeal. And the reason I’m talking about fat content all of a sudden is that I’m currently trying to lose weight for a ’20lb challenge’, even though the food I’ve posted so far may not make that very obvious!

So, mash on top of some kind of well-seasoned protein-and-veg goop is a standard going back through the centuries, and veg*n takes on this concept will be familiar to many people going back several decades. This may look like a very 80’s throwback thing, I prefer to think of it as a classic :p






Cottage pie or shepherds pie? I guess the name doesn’t matter in a non-meaty version, I’ve also seen similar looking things called hunter’s pies, however my mum always makes hunter’s pies using layers of sliced potatoes, so I tried a take on that too…


As the filling I’d made had some pureed chickpeas as well as whole ones, the texture of the slices was a better contrast.

These were a nice enough supper. The base mix was a bit average, so I won’t post a recipe, but just to give you some idea it had mushrooms, chickpeas, onions, tomato and carrot in it, and I tried out some dried chipotles for the first time as part of the seasoning – being a bit heavy handed with these was probably the reason they didn’t turn out 5-star. I’m always happy to perfect my pie technique by practising though!






4 Comments on “Pie-day Friday – cottage pies”

  1. Bonnie says:

    Mmm, I’m loving your pie-day posts. The layered potato topping looks so fancy!


  2. Jenny says:

    Cottage pie is with beef, and shepherd’s pie is with lamb – I’ve often tried to think of a clever name for a veggie version but never managed it!


  3. Sal says:

    80s throwback or no, it looks rad. I love me some pie. Long live the 80s!


  4. Mihl says:

    What an elegant pie! And I think I unintentionally stole your them today. I made some dessert pies.


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