Before I begin, I must point out that no Welsh Red Dragons were harmed in the making of this vegetarian pie. And although this pie does not contain any 'meat' it certainly does breath a little fire to give your warmth. This is one intensely full flavoured pie, even if I don't say so myself. Its ultimately a vegetarian Shepherds Pie but with a a Welsh twist and a little fire and spice.
The last time I posted a variation of a Red Dragon Pie in 2009, I was inspired to make a variation of it again for St David's Day. The original recipes credited to Sarah Brown's in Vegetarian Kitchen is super duper easy. Anyway, this is my adaptation, modern, proper Welsh and spiked with spices. I do hope you approve.
If you squint, you may just be able to make out a cayenne chilli flecked red dragon on the top of the pie. And for further visual effect, dragon scales.
So what is in this fiery Red Dragon Pie?!
Firstly Aduki Beans acquired by Suma Wholefoods. Aduki beans are henna red in colour, in some parts of the world they are fondly called red wonder beans or Red Dragon, hence its incorporation in this appropriately named pie. Then we have carrots, for the Welsh aspect some Welsh Leeks from Blas Y Tir enhanced with red chilli flakes.
Then topped with Welsh Dragon Mature Cheddar Cheese Mashed Desiree Potatoes also from Blas Y Tir The mashed cheesy potato is enhance further with some fresh herbs and red chilli flakes and cayenne powder. Finally its put into the oven to go all golden and hot.