Sunday, March 12, 2017

March 2017 #Vegetarian Friendly #Food Themed Thoughts (FD)

When I was making a vegetarian version of a shepherd's pie a couple of weeks ago, I found I hadn't made enough potato to give a decent layer on top of the other stuff that goes in to one. I've had this happen in the past a couple of times, and fixed the problem by adding carrot to the mashed potatoes, with good results. Except, I didn't have enough carrot either. What I did have, however, was a can of pumpkin puree. So I decided to use that to bulk up the mash for the topping. A bit of advice if you're thinking of doing the same thing... Don't! Adding pumpkin puree to mashed potatoes in general works. It makes a lovely creamy mash. But it didn't seem to work too well for the shepherd's pie. It wasn't dreadful, and I ate it. But it made the shepherd's pie taste wrong; it was like it wasn't cooked properly, even though that wasn't the case. Honestly, I don't feel that particular cooking experiment was a success, and it's one I certainly will not be repeating.

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Jeanie said...

Interesting. I never thought of adding the pumpkin puree to mashed potatoes. I'll have to try this sometime!

Victoria Zigler said...

It makes a really creamy mash. Great if that's what your after, but - as I said - not so great for shepherd's pie.