Easy Shepherd’s Pie and Livingston, NJ Can COOK!

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Well, I had a wonderful workshop in Livingston , NJ last night at the Sisterhood of B’nai Abraham. There were nearly a hundred ladies of all ages and cooking backgrounds who I trust and hope learned a thing or two about meal planning and overcoming the common and unique obstacles to cooking  healthy food from home. I demonstrated with some helpers how to make kale salad and quinoa so thank you, volunteers!
Welcome to the blog, ladies!
For today, I will be presenting a Shepherd’s Pie. I just submitted this recipe for my Worrall Newspapers column in NJ.  Here’s what I sent them and I hope you like it!
Sometimes a recipe just presents itself to you because of the ingredients. For example, ground turkey was on sale at the supermarket and I had cooked too many potatoes a few days ago so they were sitting in my fridge. I had also just purchased a vintage pyrex pie plate with a glass cover at a yard sale that I was itching to use.
Lightbulb: Shepherd’s Pie!  
This was fast, simple and the whole family really enjoyed it. It was also a great dish to fully prepare, place in the fridge and just stick in the oven to heat up when my kids were done with their activities after school. No need to order pizza due to lack of time! I hope you and your family enjoy it and feel free to add sauteed, chopped vegetables or any other meat you like to change it up.
Quick and Delicious Shepherd’s Pie:

Ingredients for meat layer:
1 LB ground , dark turkey meat or ground beef or chicken
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 TBS dehydrated onion flakes (or 1/2 cup fresh chopped onion sauteed until translucent)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Potato layer:
3 cups mashed potatoes (about 3 medium to large potatoes, more or less)
1/3 cups milk  (can be whole, skim or even heavy cream if you are feeling decadent)
1 TBS butter
1 tsp salt

2-3 oz grated Sharp cheddar or any cheese you like

Steps:
1) In a frying pan, heat up olive oil and saute meat until browned.
2) Add in the dehydrated onion, salt and pepper and stir. Set aside
3) Take leftover mashed potatoes (or steam or boil potatoes and then make the mashed potatoes) and add in butter, milk and salt. Mash until fully incorporated
4) In a  pie plate or casserole dish of your choice, lay the meat on the bottom, lay the potatoes next, patting them down until smooth, and then top with the grated cheese.
5)Place in the fridge, covered, or bake right then at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes until heated through and cheese is nice and melty on top.
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5 Responses

  1. Yum! Can’t wait to make this! I always have ground turkey in the freezer (I buy the 4 pack at Costco). This sounds like a delicious and easy dish to add to my rotation. Thanks, Alma!

  2. Alma,
    I keep forgetting to tell you about a great time saver that helps me when I’m on the fence about cooking dinner in a compressed time period. Frozen chopped raw onions! Shoprite sells them and there’s about 3 cups in 1 bag, it’s $1.50 and can “chop” cooking time by 10-15 minutes depending on how much you need. I just add them frozen to a recipe and they saute (or whatever) pretty nicely and it’s a better substitute than dehydrated or flaked onions. One note, since there is salt added to the freezing process, just slightly reduce salt called for in the recipe.

    1. Sarah, you are awesome! What a great idea! I belong to a CSA and since they send me TONS of organic, expensive onions that I don’t want to rot, I chop a ton, wearing your onion goggles, of course, and freeze them myself. I do love those onion goggles! Thanks for the Shoprite tip!

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