I have made Shepherd’s Pie, Hunter’s Pie, Cottage Pie, Hachis Parmentier and Chicken Pot Pie and all are delicious and they all have one thing in common, meat. Well, I have to reconsider that last statement because most of them contain potatoes too.
It just so happens I was craving a dish like this and it was one of my "three nights a week vegetarian dinner" nights. I have seen many vegetarian variations on these themes but think I have created a good one that I want to call Gatherer’s Pie.
In reality I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about this dish. It was saying “make me”. So I did and the result is oh so good.
With my Thanksgiving table being about a venison ham and a heritage breed turkey we raised this seems fitting.
This dish takes a little time to construct but it can all be done in advance or a little at a time. Make this dish fit your schedule. Like you could cook the oats the day before, the greens in the morning. Just use some common sense and it will all work out just perfect. This is a good place to practice your mise en place.
Oh and if you don’t think it will be filling enough for any vegetarians that may join you at your table you can serve it with some side dishes and salads but I am guessing they won’t walk away hungry.
Note: Oat groats are the whole oat grain minus the hull. Whole foods carries oat groats in the bulk isle. Don’t try to substitute steel cut oats or oat meal it won’t work. - thirschfeld
Reading the title for this recipe, I really wanted it to be good. "Gatherer's Pie" sounds so homey and comforting, doesn't it? And this was, indeed, everything I hoped it'd be. Not only was it full of flavor (three distinct layers of flavor, in fact), it was full of texture. I really liked the top layer, which, with the cream and the nutmeg, was reminiscent of a bechamel. (I'm stealing this topping for my creamed spinach, by the way.) Oh, and isn't it a back-handed compliment to say of a vegetarian dish, "I didn't miss the meat?" Maybe it's because there's protein from different sources in this dish, but it is "meaty" and substantial; I really didn't miss the meat. I hope you have many more dreams like this, Tom. The only thing I did differently was to eliminate step 4; I cooked all the onions and garlic together, then divided them proportionately for step 2 and step 5. - betteirene —betteirene