Before the movie, we ate Shepherds Pie (at last I am crawling to the point) and it was delicious. Nick has been asking and asking me for this particular meal for a while now, and I've been hesitant to make it. Because a. I have no emotional attachment to this dish whatsoever because I don't remember having it as a kid and b. it seems like a heavy meal. But I lightened it up a touch, and added some extra flavor and flair to the innards of the 'pie'. And I loved it. So did Nick. And now he will stop begging for it. Maybe. He might start begging even more I guess.
Creamy Lighter Mashed potatoes on top of a savory hamburg-sausage base filled with squash, carrots, onions, and green beans. It's warm, filling, and it only took me an hour to make from start finish.
2 average sized potatoes
3/4 head of cauliflower
1/3 milk (I used raw milk)
1 1/2 tbs butter
1 clove garlic
2 tsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, diced
1/2 onion, diced
2 carrots, chopped
2/3 cup butternut squash, chopped
3/4 lb good quality hamburger
1 small fresh sausage or kielbasa
1 cup frozen green beans
2 tbs flour
1/2 tbs rosemary
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tbs tomato paste
1 1/2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs soy sauce
1 1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
Cut the potatoes (skins on) and steam them until they're soft. Remove and place them in a food processor, and steam the cauliflower for about ten minutes. Pulse the potatoes in the processor with some of the butter, half of the milk, the garlic clove, and some s+p. Put it into a bowl, and puree the (now soft) cauliflower with the rest of the milk and butter until very smooth. Add it to the potatoes, and mix them together.
Cut up the vegetables, and heat the oil in a large, nonstick pan.
Cook the garlic and the onion until translucent, then add in the meat and some s+p, and cook over medium heat until browned. Drain off most of the fat, and add in the carrots and the squash.
Sprinkle the flour over everything, and mix it in. Add the soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, rosemary, and chicken broth. Add in the frozen beans and then turn the heat to low, and simmer it until the sauce is thickened.
Pour it into a deep dish pan (I used my dutch oven).
Spread the cauliflower-mashed potatoes over it, and sprinkle the cheese on top.
Bake it at 400 degrees for ten to fifteen minutes, and then broil it on high until the top is bubbling and browned.
Let it sit for a minute, and then serve it up, piping hot. And there you have it.
I have to start today's job of making treats for all the families I work for. Just call me Santa...And I need to go on a snow run. Which, I admit, I am not looking forward to. There it is. I cannot tell a lie.
But guess what. In 6 days (less for most of you) we will all be on Christmas Vacation. Four days off of work, and my darling nephew to play with. Hurrah!