Cooked shepherds pie for the first time today. Just woke up craving for some cheesy mashed potato and juicy fire grilled burger. No luck with the buns though, so it being 5am in the morning, I decided to try my luck at shepherds pie instead of waiting for the grocery to open.
Proud to say I made it from scratch; just whatever I found in the fridge… thankfully I had most of the ingredients.. I think. Not really sure how its cooked and I couldn’t be bothered to look it up online, but hey, it taste just like Filipino giniling (sauteed ground meat in diced veggies) topped with mashed potato and perhaps some cheese, wasn’t really sure about the cheese part. Anyway, here’s my recipe:
- 1/4 ground pork (didn’t have beef)
- 1 large red onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- tablespoon of soy sauce
- Black pepper, garlic powder, thyme for seasoning (I don’t measure, just go with you instinct)
- mixed veggies about a 3/4 cup or half cup (the prepacked kind bought in the grocery, it’s got corn, peas and carrots)
- 3 medium sized potatoes
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Onion springs for garnish
- quick melt cheese
- cheddar cheese
- evaporated milk
- Peel and cut the potatoes then boil. Add salt to taste. just keep checking to see if its soft enough to mash.
- Once potatoes are good and “mashable”, remove from fire and mash. Add evaporated milk (or fresh milk or cream whatever suits your fancy) and some butter. Add some salt and pepper to taste then set aside.
- While boiling the potatoes, thaw the meat and chop the onion and garlic cloves.
- Melt some butter in a pan and sautee the onion and garlic until soft or onion is translucent.
- Add the meat. when it turns a bit grayish add the soy sauce and just a bit of water. Set the fire on its lowest and allow the meat to simmer until fully cooked or when most of the water has evaporated.
- Add the vegetables last so its not all wilted and soggy.
- While doing all this make sure you are already preheating your oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
- Now your meat and potatoes are cooked.
- put the meat in an oven safe bowl (like a Pyrex bowl or something). you can place it in individual bowls so its ready to serve.
- Cover fully with mashed potato. Make little designs on the mashed potato with your fork to make it look pretty.
- Grate some quick melt cheese over it, then on top of the quick melt cheese grate some cheddar cheese so you get that nice burnt cheese taste.
- Place in oven until the cheese browns on top.
What I did was, I baked it for about 5 minutes and got impatient since the cheese still isn’t brown and I was hungry, so I switched the grill on instead so the heat is coming from the top and directly heating the cheese. Garnish with the chopped spring onions.
[ Posted Wed, 30 Mar 2011 08:29:00 ]