Recipe: Veggie Shepherds’ Pie Jacket Potatoes

Veggie Shepherds' Pie Jacket Potatoes

The idea of making a mini individual Shepherds’ Pie in a baked potato isn’t an original one at all…. these are all over Pinterest and Facebook.  But I haven’t seen many vegetarian or vegan ones yet, so here’s my take on the great British classic given a potato-skin twist.

My rich, gravy filling is based on puy lentils & mushrooms braised in red wine, with carrots, parsnips and all the usual Shepherds’ Pie loveliness.  Delish. 

Veggie Shepherds' Pie Jacket Potatoes


Of course if you don’t have a piping bag, (or think it looks too much like hard work), you can just dollop on the potato topping with a spoon.  But piping really does take just minutes and is such a satisfying way to finish off these little pies!

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5 from 4 votes
Veggie Shepherds' Pie Jacket Potatoes
Veggie Shepherds' Pie Jacket Potatoes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: British
Servings: 4 potatoes
Author: Kate Ford | The Veg Space
  • 4 very large baking potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 stick celery, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and diced
  • 150 g mushrooms, sliced
  • 150 g puy lentils, rinsed
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 125 ml red wine
  • 1 tsp vegetable stock powder
  • 350 ml water
  • 2 tbsp dairy-free margarine
  1. Preheat your oven to 190°C / 375°F / Gas Mark 5. Prick the potatoes a couple of times, spray with a little cooking spray or rub with oil, sprinkle with salt, then bake for 1 hour or until a knife passes easily into the centre. When cooked, remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large lidded frying pan or casserole dish, and fry the onion and celery for 3-4 minutes until soft. Add the carrot and parsnip and fry for a further 3-4 minutes, and then the mushrooms. Continue to cook gently for 5 minutes until the mushrooms have released most of their liquid.
  3. Add the puy lentils, tomato purée, wine, stock powder and water to the pan, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
  4. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice off the top of each (about two thirds of the way up the potato). Carefully scoop out the flesh with a spoon, leaving just enough around the skin to keep the shape of the potato. Place the flesh into a large bowl, add the margarine and mash thoroughly until no lumps remain. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Divide the pie filing between the four potatoes, and use a piping bag with a large nozzle to add the mashed potato topping to the pies. (If you a short of time, just dollop it on and spread with a knife instead!).
  6. Return the potatoes to the oven for 10-15 minutes until heated through, and the potato topping is turning golden brown.


Vegetarian Shepherds Pie Jacket Potatoes

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  1. They look delicious, Kate! And they’re dairy free! Perfect 😀
    Nadia recently posted…Gluten Free Vegan English Pancake RecipeMy Profile

    1. Thanks Nadia!

  2. I love the piping on top of the jacket potato. You have taken a really simple dish, the jacket potato, and jazzed it up. It sounds delicious.
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy recently posted…Comment on Switzerland Grand Tour- Lake Geneva Region by DanniiMy Profile

    1. Thanks Dannii – yes the piping really doesn’t take long, but makes it looks so much more of a treat!

  3. What a fab idea – they look so special! Love it.

    1. Thanks Kate! Kept seeing them on Pinterest and thought I would have a go at a veggie version!

  4. Oh what a super idea. Not sure where I’ve been hiding, but it must be away from jacket potato shepherd’s pie – these are the first I’ve seen. I’m hopeless when it comes to piping and stay away from it if I can, but it does make them look extra special. I always make my shepherd’s pie with lentils too – so good!
    Choclette recently posted…Halva Biscuits – Flavours of the Middle EastMy Profile

  5. These look absolutely gorgeous! I’m wondering how I’ve missed coming across this idea before. They would be perfect for making in advance and keeping a few in the freezer so thank you so much for joining in with #CookOnceEatTwice
    Corina recently posted…Review & Giveaway: Spelt for Health Bread and Flapjack MixesMy Profile

    1. Thanks Corina – yes I’ve seen quite a few around recently and thought they looked so cute! The ones I photographed were made 24hours beforehand and were still perfect – definitely keepers!

  6. They look delicious. Do you think they could be made ahead and just baked when needed?

    1. Definitely Amy, in fact they would freeze well too, so you could make a big batch and wrap individually.

  7. What a creative idea! These sound like such a perfect comfort food for dinner 🙂

    1. Thanks! x

    2. Thanks so much! Totally nicked the idea from various places on the internet, but they are so cute!

  8. Its been a while since I’ve had loaded Jacket Potatoes – a cafe in Scotland used to make something similar with veggie mince too, though not presented as wonderfully. I’m kicking myself for not making a version on my blog all those years ago.
    shaheen recently posted…Curried Root Vegetable Stew with Chilli-Coriander DumplingsMy Profile

    1. Ooh thats a good idea too Shaheen, must try this with veggie mince.

  9. These are so gorgeous. I must confess I’ve never seen one (clearly not enough time spent on pinterest!?!) but I love the idea and your filling sounds amazing. Puy lentils are so lovely. I need to eat them more! Definitely pinning for future reference 🙂 Eb x
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  10. How gorgeous are these veggie shepherds pies, I’m sure my family would love them:-) Thanks for entering #CreditCrunchMunch:-)
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  11. This is super delicious! We loved it. I didn’t have mushrooms on hand so I used mushroom broth and just adjusted the other liquids. The parsnip is a must as it adds such a delicate and lovely flavor. A new favorite way to cook lentils. Our kids liked it too. Thank you!

    1. That’s great to hear, thanks Carrie – so glad you enjoyed it!

  12. these came out great! so delicious! my non vegan husband loved’m too! i used trader joes meatless ground in place of the lentils as i had just gotten done with a lentil dish & didn’t want them again. Yum!! i will make them with the lentils next time. i know they will taste great as well. thanks kate!

    1. That’s great to hear – thanks Suz! Good idea re the mince.

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