Shepherd's Pie Without the Sheep
1 medium onion (but I used lots of small ones as we grew enough to last through the winter this year and only the small ones are left.
1 box of Kleenex (especially if you are using small but very strong onions. Do not put the Kleenex in this dish.)
Root veggies lurking at the bottom of the fridge. I used 1 parsnip, 1 carrot, half a butternut squash and half a swede for mine. Butternut especially recommended as it falls apart into the sauce and adds sweetness and texture.
Home grown organic herbs (which are still around in our garden as we have had very little frost. You can substitute of course if you want to shop for them, but I hope next year we will have a community garden to grow them in.)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tin of baked beans
1 tin of tomatoes (chopped, but you can do this yourself and save a few pennies).
Two splodges of sunflower, vegetable or olive oil.
Enough potatoes to provide mash to cover the top of your pot. I don't know how big your pots are, so you will have to guess, but 6 medium size potatoes was not enough for ours yesterday. Never mind, it still tasted great.
Cheddar cheese grated on top.
Soften the onion in the oil without it browning and then add the root veggies. Cook for 10 minutes and then add boiling water to two thirds the level of the veggies. Cook for 20 minutes on the hob if you have time, but you can just stick it all in the oven to bake if you need to go out (for a protest march or something).
At the same time, boil the potatoes and heat the oven. Add a tin of tomatoes and a tin of baked beans to the veggies and put them into an oven-proof crock pot. Add mashed potato on top and finish with grated cheddar and a sprinkling of paprika if you like it.
Cook at 180 C for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. If you make it before you go out (to campaign for street lighting, say), just put the dish together and don't bother cooking it in the oven. You can just turn the oven on when you get back and put your feet up, knowing that you have done your bit for your community and can relax with a glass of something soothing. (Or wrap presents, write a blog or bathe your children).
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