As promised, here are recipes for Shepherd’s Pie and baked apples. Enjoy!
|Untraditional Shepherd’s Pie
1 spaghetti squash, roasted*
1 pound ground beef
6 medium russet potatoes
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
*To roast the squash: Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a cookie sheet. Cut the squash in half, place cut side down on the cookie sheet and roast for 1 hour. [You can roast the garlic for the mashed potatoes along with the squash — just cut a head of garlic in half, or pull out whole cloves. Place them on a small square of aluminum foil and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Fold up the corners of the foil, wrap it tightly in a packet and place it in the oven with the squash.] Let the squash cool, then break apart the strands with a fork and scoop out the filling. Set it aside while you prepare the rest of the dish.
Peel, dice and boil the potatoes in salted water for 20 minutes, or until tender. (You can roast the garlic separately in the oven with the squash, or just throw the cloves in to boil with the potatoes.)
In a fairly large pot, brown the meat on medium heat and then remove it from the pan. Drain off any excess fat. Add onions and sauté until translucent, just a couple of minutes . Add the carrots, mushrooms and garlic and cook until soft, another 3-4 minutes. Return the meat to the pan and then stir in tomato paste and flour. Cook for two minutes. Add the Guinness and let it simmer for 3 minutes. Add beef broth, rosemary and salt/pepper to taste.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes uncovered. Add more liquid if you need to — you want a thick gravy but don’t let it get too dry or burn on the bottom. Stir often.
While the meat cooks, drain the potatoes and put them back in the pot. Add roasted garlic, sour cream, butter, salt and pepper and a splash of beef broth, and mash. Add more broth or milk if you like a thinner consistency.
In a large dish, add the meat mixture, top with spaghetti squash and then mashed potatoes. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Add cheese to the top and cook another 15 minutes.
*Adapted from Melissa D’Arabian’s Shepherd’s Pie and Chuck Hughes’s Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
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I love that you figure out a way to include Guinness. I;m always looking for an excuse to have some on hand.