Depending on the time of year, this dish can easily be made with either frozen or fresh ingredients. Whichever is cheaper and more accessible! I'm not a vegetarian, but a lot of times when I cook during the week I don't like to use much meat. Not only is it cheaper, but it makes me spice up traditional recipes with new flavors and ingredients. I hope you all enjoy this one!
Cover potatoes in water and add a generous amount of salt. Cover and bring to a boil for 10-12 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft (test with a fork).
I like my mashed potatoes nice and smooth so I toss them into a food processor, or bowl if you have a hand mixer. Add the half and half and butter to the processor and run until smooth.
Stir in green garlic, Piave cheese and salt and pepper to taste, and mix to combine.
Vegetarian Shepard's Pie Filling
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Start by heating the oil or butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions and carrots and cook for 7-10 minutes. Add the garlic and let cook for 2 more minutes. Add some salt and pepper.
Add the sliced shiitakes and cook for about 3 minutes, until softened. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and mix until ingredients become a pasty, thick mixture.
Pour in the wet ingredients (chicken broth, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce) and rosemary and thyme. Add salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat, until mixture has thickened up nicely.
Once thickened, transfer mixture to baking dish. Smooth the potatoes over the top of the vegetables, sealing the edges as best as possible to stop mixture from spilling over the top (mine still boils over a bit). Spread the cheese over the top of the potatoes. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and let rest for about 10 minutes, or you'll burn your tongue off. No one wants that to happen. This is a great vegetarian recipe. I brought it in for lunch and reheated it the next few days, and it was actually better after a day or two.