This week’s Tried it Tuesday will be coming to you late in the day. Because instead of trying a new recipe over the weekend and posting about it on Tuesday, I actually made these recipes today – March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day!
To celebrate Saint Paddy’s I wanted to make my family a traditional shepherd’s pie. However, of all the shepherd’s pies I have Pinned, I decided to make the most Americanized one of them all. I chose this recipe because it looked easy and because it called for ground beef. And I’m always looking for ground beef recipes so I can substitute bison burger. So, I made the Kraft Foods Recipe. It was delicious and oh so easy.
First I boiled about three pounds of potatoes. (I didn’t use them all and had lots mashed potatoes left over.) My secret for superb mashed potatoes is that I boil them with the skin on. When I peel them first, I find they soak up water and taste watery – kind of weak. Instead I peel them when I first take them off the stove, while they are still hot. It’s kind of a pain working with hot potatoes, but it’s worth it so get rich, hearty mashed potatoes.
While the potatoes were boiling I browed two pounds of ground bison (beef would work fine.) To the browned meat I added about 4Tbs of flour and 1 1/2 cups of beef stock. Once that was well blended, in went a package of frozen peas and carrots and about 4-6 good squirts of ketchup.
Once the potatoes were done, I peeled them (ugh!), added butter, milk, 16 oz of sour cream and three cloves of minced garlic. Oh yes! And cheese! Again, here are those measurements.
- 2 lbs ground beef or bison, browned
- 1 1/2 C beef stock
- 4 tbs flour
- 1 pkg mixed veggies
- ketchup (about 4-6 big squirts)
- 2-3 lbs potatoes boiled
- 16 oz sour cream
- 1 1/2 c milk (depending on how thick you like your mashed potatoes)
- 1 stick butter (give or take)
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 -2 cups cheese
Spread the meat mixture in the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Cover the top with mashed potatoes. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. It’s a one dish meal! Yummy!
This might not be authentic shepherd’s pie, but it is delicious! Now on to dessert – Saint Patrick’s Day is a feast day after all.
In keeping with my Irish themed meal, I made Bailey’s Irish Cream Cake.
This is a homemade, from scratch, real butter, loads of sugar, Paula Deen, pound cake, y’all! So, if you like that kind of thing, ya know slices of heaven, then click on the recipe above. I messed up (I accidently put in 6 eggs instead of 5), and it still turned out great.
Even if my cake wasn’t quite as pretty as the one in the photo.
Magazine quality photos aside, my family raved about our Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. I hope you and your family had a blessed day too!