I made the pie dough in advance. It is so much easier if you have the dough prepared in ahead of time.
And a few tablespoons of granulated garlic. You can use fresh garlic but when I want a more concentrated flavor throughout a dish, I use granulated garlic.
Brush the top with cream. Bake this in a 400 degree oven until nice and golden. Mine took about 1 hour and 30 minutes. The juice should be bubbling around the edges.
While the pie is baking make the gravy. Dice up a large bowl of carrots, celery, onions and any root vegetables you have on hand. I used turnips and parsnips.
Put them in a heavy pot with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle some cracked pepper and salt over them.
Cook this over medium high heat stirring occasionally. They should create a nice brown crust on the pan and the vegetables will become golden brown. This is where all the flavor comes from.
Make some mashed potatoes. I always bake my potatoes instead of boiling them. This gives the mashed potatoes a rich baked potato flavor. Boiling them causes them to lose flavor.
While the potatoes bake I melt some butter with about four tablespoons of cream cheese, 2-3 cups of whole milk and salt and pepper.