My favorite part of the report is the amateur sketch of the wee little guy. Hysterical.
Well, St. Patrick's Day is around the corner and I'm making a traditional Irish Shepherd's Pie or if you're a Brit or Aussie, you might call it a cottage pie. Shepherd's Pie is basically a casserole made of a cooked meat (lamb or beef) with veggies like corn or peas, then it's topped with mashed potatoes and baked.
The trick here is to season it really well, because you want your beef to have a nice thick tasty gravy baking under the spuds. Shepherd's Pie isn't a great dish if it's bland. Another thing about this dish, is it's fairly inexpensive and easy to make, so you can always double the recipe and make two. Bake one and freeze the other, or as I often do, take something to a friend or neighbor. These can also be made as individual portions in small pie pans.
Mash potatoes with 1/2 cup of sour cream and 4 Tbl. butter. Add salt and pepper to taste. Then, add green onion or chives and 1 cup shredded cheese.
*I prefer the whisk attachment on my hand mixer to make the potatoes smooth and creamy.
Layer meat and veggie mixture in the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish. Smooth potatoes over the meat.
Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until potatoes puff up slightly and are a beautiful golden brown. You can pop this casserole under the broiler for a few minutes to brown it slightly if needed.
Voila! Here's a winner that you'll find at the end of a rainbow!! Yum!! Oh, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!!