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2 pounds potatoes (I use Yukon Gold) 1 large onion 2 large carrots 2 celery stalks 1 pound favorite mushrooms ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 leeks, cut into 1-inch pieces Sea salt and freshly ground pepper 1 cup canned or fresh vegetable stock 2 pounds cubed seitan 2 (14 ½-ounce) cans diced tomatoes 1 (10-ounce) box frozen peas or 1 ½ cups fresh peas, cooked Cornelia Guest's Shepherd's Pie Serves 4 Total Time: 2 Hours This is one of my favorite dinners. When I was little, we had it all the time. It takes a bit of work, so I make a few and freeze them. — Cornelia Guest Preheat oven to 325°F. Peel potatoes and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until ready for mashing, approximately 30 minutes. Coarsely dice onion, carrots, and celery separately. Remove stems from mushrooms. If you are making your own stock, take the onion, carrot, and celery Ingredients Instructions trimmings and mushroom stems, add a quart of water, bring to a boil, and simmer down to a cup, approximately 45 minutes. Strain before using. Lay mushrooms and carrots on a baking sheet, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast for 45 minutes. Lay onion, celery, and leeks on another baking sheet and sprinkle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes or until tender. Drain the potatoes after 30 minutes or when they are fork tender. Reserve a cup of the water the spuds were cooked in. Mash the potatoes and add ¼ cup olive oil, a teaspoon each of salt and pepper, and the reserved water. Combine the stock, seitan, and diced tomatoes in a 4-quart saucepot and let simmer for 45 minutes. Add the cooked peas and roasted vegetables during the last 5 minutes. Transfer to a 10- by 14-inch casserole dish and cover with a 1 ½-inch layer of mashed potatoes. Roast in the top rack of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Put the casserole under the broiler for a few minutes to brown. Above: Freshly baked vegan Shepherd's pie is Guest's favorite wintertime meal. Horn-handled cutlery once belonged to C.Z. Guest. 70

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