Lancashire hotpot stew - simple to make!

A perfect one pot meal for winter: Lancashire hotpot stew is a perfect one pot meal that's going to win your heart (and your stomach ;) on those beautiful winter days - or nights! It is very fun and easy to make, it requires frugal and easy ingredients and it's definitely a crowd pleaser! Enjoy!
• 100g of vegan butter
• 2 cloves of garlic, minced
• 800g of mushrooms, cut into quarters
• 2 medium onions, chopped or sliced
• 4 carrots, peeled and sliced or diced
• 25g plain flour
• 2 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce (recipe below)
• 500ml veggie broth
• 2 bay leaves
• Fresh thyme
• 800g potatoes, peeled and sliced

Instructions

  • 1.
    Heat oven to 170℃ / 340℉.
  • 2.
    Heat the oil in a shallow casserole dish and brown the mushrooms with a little bit of salt until golden brown; for faster results, do it in batches.
  • 3.
    Fry the chopped onions until brown, add the garlic, stir for 40 secs more. Add the carrots, sprinkle the plain flour, allow to cook for a couple of minutes, shake over 2 tsp of vegan Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, oregano and smoked paprika, pour in the vegetable broth, the fresh thyme, the 2 bay leaves and the browned mushrooms, bring it to a boil then let it simmer for a few minutes more, then turn off the heat.
  • 4.
    Sprinkle the plain flour, allow to cook for a couple of minutes, shake over 2 tsp of vegan Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, oregano and smoked paprika, pour in the vegetable broth, the fresh thyme, the 2 bay leaves and the browned mushrooms, bring it to a boil then let it simmer for a few minutes more, then turn off the heat.
  • 5.
    Transfer the stew to a baking dish, arrange the sliced potatoes on top of the stew by overlapping them, then drizzle with a little vegan melted butter. Sprinkle some salt on top of the potatoes.
  • 6.
    Cover with aluminum foil then place in the oven for about 1½ hrs until the potatoes are cooked.
  • 7.
    Remove the lid or the aluminum foil, brush the potatoes with a little more vegan butter, then finish under the grill for 5-8 mins or until the potatoes are golden brown.
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