Vegan Thanksgiving in a Shepherdless Pie

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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. 

Fresh out of the oven:  Vegan Thanksgiving in a Shepherdless Pie, by Beautiful Ingredient.

Fresh out of the oven:  Vegan Thanksgiving in a Shepherdless Pie, by Beautiful Ingredient.

Vegan Thanksgiving in a Shepherdless Pie, by Beautiful Ingredient.

Vegan Thanksgiving in a Shepherdless Pie, by Beautiful Ingredient.

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 1: Rosemary Sage White Bean Puree

Layer 2: Farro

Layer 2: Farro

Layer 3: Roasted Butternut Squash & Red Onion

Layer 3: Roasted Butternut Squash & Red Onion

Layer 4:  Mushroom Gravy

Layer 4:  Mushroom Gravy

Layer 5:  Garlicky Mashed Potatoes

Layer 5:  Garlicky Mashed Potatoes

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.

Rosemary Sage White Bean Puree, by Beautiful Ingredient

Rosemary Sage White Bean Puree, by Beautiful Ingredient

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.

Farro for Thanksgiving in a Shepherdless Pie, by Beautiful Ingredient.

Farro for Thanksgiving in a Shepherdless Pie, by Beautiful Ingredient.

Layer 3: Roasted Butternut Squash & Red Onion Layer

These veggies bring a touch of sweetness and color to the dish. 

Red Onion and Butternut Squash.

Red Onion and Butternut Squash.

Chopping butternut squash.

Chopping butternut squash.

Butternut squash and red onion ready for roasting.

Butternut squash and red onion ready for roasting.

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.

Mushrooms, onion, and garlic for Mushroom Gravy.

Mushrooms, onion, and garlic for Mushroom Gravy.

Pureed Mushroom Gravy, by Beautiful Ingredient.  Oooh yeah.

Pureed Mushroom Gravy, by Beautiful Ingredient.  Oooh yeah.

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! 

Yellow potatoes for Garlicky Mashed Potatoes.

Yellow potatoes for Garlicky Mashed Potatoes.

Onions, garlic, fresh herbs, and broth ready for roasting.

Onions, garlic, fresh herbs, and broth ready for roasting.

Garlic and Onion Puree flavors the Garlicky Mashed Potatoes, by Beautiful Ingredient.

Garlic and Onion Puree flavors the Garlicky Mashed Potatoes, by Beautiful Ingredient.

Whipping potatoes for a nice, creamy potato mash.

Whipping potatoes for a nice, creamy potato mash.


VEGAN THANKSGIVING IN A SHEPHERDLESS PIE

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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!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!