11/1/09

Shepherd's Pie and More

I have a special installment of Mouthwatering Monday this week. Three excellent recipes!

Carnation Evaporated Milk sponsored these recipes, providing me with free milk and a little grocery budget to whip up something good.

I made two recipes from their holiday guide, which you can find on the web site The Cooking Milk.com. Then I made my Shepherd's Pie, using Carnation Milk instead of regular milk (it's a one-for-one substitution). That recipe is below, but first look at this:

Pear Flan

The Carnation recipe guide calls this a Pear Oven Pancake, but it's a flan people, a flan. It is more of a custard than a cake, with pear slices, cinnamon, and sugar on top, and everyone loved it. I served it for brunch after church, warm with maple syrup on top. Really easy, elegant looking, and delicious!

I also made these:

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Mini Party Quiches, which are perfect for a holiday brunch buffet for a crowd. I like this recipe because it's easy to do your own variation. It calls for red pepper, broccoli, and cheddar, but you could use ham and swiss cheese for example, or spinach and mushrooms. Nice recipe to have handy.

Now -- here is my version of Shepherd's Pie, a hearty dish for colder days.

1 pound ground beef
1 onion
4-5 large carrots
1 bag of frozen peas
2 C beef broth
Salt & pepper to taste
3 T cornstarch
Worchesteshire sauce to taste
Mashed potatoes
Cheddar cheese (slices or shredded)

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My potato peeler hard at work.

The Mashed Potatoes: You peel 'em, you boil 'em in water, you cook 'em for 30 minutes, you mash 'em with a potato masher, you add lots of butter, salt, pepper, and maybe some sour cream or cream cheese, and milk. I substituted Carnation Evaporated Milk this time.

Preheat oven to 350. Brown the ground beef and pour off fat. Add chopped onion and diced carrots, broth, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes until carrots are tender. Add peas.

Dissolve 3 tablespoons of cornstarch in 1/4 cup of water, whisking in a small bowl. Stir into beef mixture and keep stirring until it is bubbling and has thickened. Add worchesteshire sauce to taste. (I add about 1/2 teaspoon.)

Pour into a deep baking dish. Like this:

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Top with cheese. Ummmm...cheese...



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Then top with mashed potatoes, mound it up a bit and spread it to touch the sides of the baking dish. Dot with butter.

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Bake for 15 minutes or until top of potatoes is golden brown. This is wrapped up in the fridge waiting to be baked for Tuesday night's dinner, so I don't have a "plated picture."

(You can also add more cheese on top of the potatoes before baking it. More cheese is always a good idea.)

Sugarplum and Bear

Thanks to my other helper who arrived when I was in the middle of 4 different recipes and her baby brother had just awakened from his nap and started to fuss. She retrieved him and changed his diaper and allowed him to hang from her like this for half and hour while I got a few more things done.

I sent her home with food. It worked out well for everyone.

Thanks also to Carnation and One2One Network for this fun opportunity! Check out more of their holiday recipes here.

And visit darling Rachel for all the other Mouthwatering Monday recipes.

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8 comments:

Vodka Mom said...

I make a similar dish called "cheeseburger pie" but I don't add the peas and carrots.

we love it.


xoxox

Amy said...

Vodka Mom - The original recipe I had didn't have the peas or the worchesteshire sauce. I love the addition of peas! I think corn would work too.

Tiaras said...

I don't think I have ever had that but it sure looks delicious!

Amy said...

Tiaras -Kids love it, which is nice! And I like that I can make it a day or two before I am going to bake it.

Kari said...

Hi Amy, I think the plum sauce would freeze well. I haven't tried it yet, but I was thinking about freezing some to use for later. I can't think of any reason that it wouldn't freeze well. If you try it let me know how it goes:) Love your pie photo. It looks so good!

heartnsoulcooking said...

I make Shepherd Pie with green beans, but I like the idea of peas. My favorite are peas.
Geri

blueviolet said...

That shepherd's pie looks insane, in a good way. That's right up my alley!

A Fist Full of Dandelions said...

Yum! This looks soo good. my mouth is watering!

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