VEGAN | WFPB | OIL-FREE | GLUTEN-FREE| ONE DISH MEAL | HOLIDAY
Just because some of us who would prefer to hug a turkey (well, that might be tricky - blow it a kiss?) rather than eat one doesn't mean we don't want to experience those Thanksgiving-y flavors so familiar to the holiday. You know, the ingredients that make a home smell like Thanksgiving. And maybe we'd like some mashed potatoes, but the version available is full of butter and cream and we are lactose intolerant. Well, bring this savory pie and you have your Thanksgiving bases covered - for you and the other herbivores at the table. That's right, all in one dish. One glorious, five-layered dish.
I'm going to be straight with you. If you're looking for a low-key holiday recipe, then last week's recipe is probably more for you. This recipe is best for making the prep part of the party. Get the friends and family involved. This year, I will be giving my husband and each of my kids a layer to work on so that the production can be a real family affair, and more memorable than yet another Xbox session some of them might be doing otherwise. I love that they want to help. If you're able to get help like this, it's a piece of cake. This can be such a fun project together!
One of the beauties of this dish is that you can assemble the layers a day or two in advance. Then all you have to do Thanksgiving Day is take it out of the fridge and pop it in the oven, easy peasy.
Thanksgiving In 5 Layers
Layer 1: Rosemary Sage White Bean Puree Layer
This versatile puree was featured in last week's recipe, and makes a nice base layer for Thanksgiving in a Shepherdless Pie.
Layer 2: Farro Layer
It may surprise you that farro is the ingredient most likely to win over the omnivores. That's because of the "meaty" texture it brings to the dish.
Layer 3: Roasted Butternut Squash & Red Onion Layer
These veggies bring a touch of sweetness and color to the dish.
Layer 4: Mushroom Gravy Layer
Sooo yummy. I like this with pieces of mushroom still visible, but if there's someone in your bunch who would likely want a serving but is not into mushrooms, try pureeing the gravy layer. Often it's the texture of mushroom, not the flavor, that people dislike.
Garlicky Mashed Potato Layer
Roasting onions and garlic with fresh herbs in vegetable broth brings a wonderful flavor to the mashed potatoes as a puree. Warning: Your house will smell divine with this stuff cooking!
VEGAN THANKSGIVING IN A SHEPHERDLESS PIE
VEGAN | WFPB | OIL-FREE | GLUTEN-FREE| ONE-DISH MEAL | HOLIDAY
SERVES: 12+ sides or 6-8 mains
PREP: 1-2 hours, depending on whether or not tasks overlap
COOK: 2-3 hours, depending on whether or not tasks overlap
Note: I highly recommend reading through the entire recipe before you start. With preparation and time to spare, this can be a great way to get the family together. Or mix up some drinks and invite your friends over to help and hang out!