Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Did y'all wear green today? I made sure to! I've always hated the tradition of pinching people. I take no risks.
Ken loves the fact that St. Patrick's Day means he'll get a shephard's pie. He adores shephard's pie. Up until today I've always felt that my shepherd's pie has been missing something. It never looked as pretty as all the pictures I've seen online. I have found the perfect recipe though. I guess I should say, I altered the perfect recipe.
Alton Brown never ceases to amaze me. It is his recipe that I started out with. I made very few alterations.
Adapted from: Alton Brown's Shephard Pie
For the potatoes:
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
.25 cup skim milk
.25 cup fat free cream cheese
2-3 cups chopped cooked broccoli (I used leftover. You can either puree it in a food processor or chop it by hand)
2 medium onions, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 T minced garlic
1 bag of Boca Soy Crumbles
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons tomato paste
3 cup vegetable broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons freshly chopped rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme leaves
.5 cup corn kernels
.5 cup peas
- Peel and chop potatoes.
- Place in a pot and cover with cold water
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes until soft.
- Drain, put back into pot, add milk and cream cheese, and mash until smooth
- Mix in broccoli until combined evenly. Set aside
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Spray a large pan and heat over med-high.
- Add onions and carrots and cook until slightly soft, adding a bit of water to keep them from sticking
- Add Boca crumbles, tomato paste and flour. Evenly cover the crumbles and vegetables with flour
- Add in broth, wocestershire, rosemary, thyme and stir together.
- Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to simmer. Let it go for 10-12 minutes or until the sauce is thick
- Add corn and peas and simmer for approximately 1-2 minutes
- Grease an 11x7 baking dish and pour filling in.
- Carefully top with mashed potatoes, spreading evenly.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- When you remove it from the oven make sure to let it sit and cool for a while.
What do you normally make for St. Patrick's Day? Do you go with an Irish theme or a green theme?