About 8 months ago, I bought a case of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) because it was about 50% cheaper to get them by the boatload. This was a case with 24 cans and I knew I'd have to eat them all myself because my husband won't eat any sort of bean. I've used them in a lot of recipes (though the majority have gone into hummus), and this is one of my favorites.
I didn't base this on any existing recipe, but was inspired to give it a try after reading a review for vegetarian shepherd's pie on the "Heat and Eat Review" site. I figured that I'd just do what I normally did for the same dish with meat with possibly a few alterations to make up for the lack of savory flavors, so this was essentially made up on the fly, but worked very well.
Chickpea Shepherd's Pie
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and thoroughly rinsed
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 1/3 large carrot, sliced and diced
- 1/2 green pepper, diced
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 beef or vegetable bouillon cube, dissolved in 1 cup very hot water
- 1 tbsp. cornstarch, dissolved in 1-2 tbsp. cold water
- salt (to taste - about 1/2 tsp., but it depends on your bouillon)
- 3-5 cups mashed potatoes (I used instant mashed potatoes)
- 1/2-1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp. tomato paste (optional)
- 1-2 tbsp. Canola oil
Add the water with the dissolved beef bouillon cube and the Worcestershire sauce. If you want to add tomato paste (I didn't, but mainly because I forgot to do so), add it now. Stir, cover with a lid, reduce the heat, and allow to simmer until the carrots are cooked. Depending on how much liquid remains, you'll have to either remove the lid and allow some of it to boil off or just use it as is. The liquid amount factors into how much "gravy" you get. If you want less, let more boil off. If you want more, add in more water.
Reduce the heat to low and slowly add about half of the dissolved cornstarch. As it heats, it will thicken. Stir in as much of the cornstarch as seems necessary to get the desired thickness. If it becomes too thick, add more water. If it is too thin, pour in more cornstarch. Taste and salt as necessary.
When the chickpea mixture is done, spoon it into a lightly greased baking dish. Spoon the mashed potatoes on top of the chickpea mixture and sprinkle with cheese. The quantity of potatoes you'll need varies based on the size of your dish and how thinly you want them layered. If you use glass, you can heat the pie in the microwave until the cheese is melted. If you use metal, you'll have to bake it at 350 degrees until the potatoes are hot and the cheese is melted.
by Shari (Orchid64)