August 30, 2008

My Kitchen My World - England

This week for My Kitchen, My World Megan of My Baking Adventures took us to England! Right away I knew what I would be making because just a few days before finding out what country we would be visiting Grumpy had told me he wanted this dish. Little did he know he was fulfilling my need to make a British dish for my blog. he he.

I made a Shepherd's Pie. I also decided to do a little looking up about it. I found out it is also called Cottage Pie. This dish consists of diced meat and vegetables in a gravy, covered with mashed potatoes and sometimes cheese. I did some web searching and found a recipe with a gravy that I thought sounded pretty flavorful. The recipe is listed below with my (few) alterations in red.

For all of you out there dying to know how Grumpy liked this one - he did like the dish. I mean, it was meat and potatoes for goodness sake!



British Shepherds Pie
from Chef2Chef.net

1 1/2 pounds ground beef (I used ground venison)
1 cup carrot -- diced (I used a little more than 1 cup of frozen carrots and peas)
1/2 cup onion -- diced
1 cup corn (didn't see this til it was too late - and Grumpy DID notice the corn was missing!)
2 cloves garlic -- crushed
1 cup beef stock (I used better than boullion - beef flavor)
1/2 teaspoon salt (didn't use the salt)
1/2 teaspoon pepper (forgot the pepper - man I'm starting to worry about myself forgetting and missing items in the ingredient list!)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons steak sauce
1/2 cup gravy, dry mix, brown
2 pounds potato -- mashed
1 cup water

Brown ground beef with onions. In a skillet on medium high heat Add garlic, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce and vegetables. Finish cooking.

Add Salt & Pepper to taste.

Cook potatoes in water with a dash of salt, mash cooked potatoes and set aside. (I mashed my potatoes with half and half - maybe about 1/3 cup and about 1-1/2 Tablespoons butter)

Pour the dry gravy mix into bowl & mix with 1 cup of cold water. Mix gravy mix back into pan containing beef and vegetables, stirring continuously till thickened.

Pour mix into a baking dish and allow to cool. When cool spoon mashed potato over mixture,
Bake in Oven till golden brown approx. 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

You can also finish this off by topping with Grated cheddar cheese and sliced tomatoes. (I did top with cheddar cheese but I did not top with tomatoes)

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