Loaded Shepherd’s Pie

 

Loaded Shepherd's Pie
Loaded Shepherd’s Pie

Loaded Shepherd’s Pie
(Courtesy: Jennifer Warren)

 

1 lb 80% ground beef

¼ cup chopped onion

¼ cup plain bread crumbs

½ teaspoon dried sage leaves

1 teaspoon salt, divided

1 egg

4 medium potatoes, peeled (if desired) and cut into 1” squares

¼ cup butter

½ tsp black pepper

⅓ cup sour cream

1 tbsp horseradish (optional)

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)

¼ cup chopped fresh tomato

2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 medium green onions, chopped (2 tablespoons)

 

Heat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, mix beef, onion, bread crumbs, sage, ½ tsp salt and egg until well blended. Press in the bottom of an ungreased 8-inch square glass baking dish.

Place potatoes in a large pan and cover with water. Bring to a bowl and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and return to the pot.

Add butter, ½ tsp salt and pepper to potatoes. Use a hand masher or electric mixer to blend together. Add sour cream and horseradish. Mix until smooth, adding more sour cream, if necessary. Allow to cool for 30 minutes

Once potatoes are cool, spread evenly over the top of the ground beef mixture. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.

Bake uncovered for 50 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 160℉. Sprinkle with tomato, bacon and green onions.

Serve immediately or store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

 

6 servings, 495 calories per serving

Hack:  2½ cups Horseradish Mashed Potatoes can be substituted for the fresh potatoes in this recipe.

Hack: ¼ cup of chopped frozen onions can be substituted for fresh onion in this recipe.

Hack: Separate any remaining uncooked bacon slices and roll them into individual pinwheels. Place on a cookie sheet in the freezer to freeze bacon slices. Place in a sealable freezer-safe bag or container. The frozen slices can then be used in the portions desired.

Hack: Store any leftover bacon grease tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. It can be used as a substitute for butter in various dishes. Caution: Use caution when cooking with bacon grease. It has a smoke point similar to butter, which is lower than oils.

Hack: Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.

 

 

Roasted Red Cabbage with Shrimp

Roasted Red Cabbage with Shrimp
Roasted Red Cabbage with Shrimp

Roasted Red Cabbage with Shrimp

 

8 oz red cabbage, roughly chopped (3 cups)

1 cup onion, sliced

½“ ginger root, finely diced

2 tsp olive oil

Salt and black pepper to taste

8 oz 50-70 count raw shrimp, deveined and shelled

2 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)

1 tbsp honey

2 tbsp soy sauce

3 tbsp Sweet And Hot Chili Sauce

½ tsp sesame oil

1 cup cooked rice, hot

 

Preheat to 450°F. LIne a 9’ x 13” baking pan with parchment paper.

Place the cabbage, chopped ginger, and onion in the baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste; toss to coat. Arrange in an even layer. Roast 14 to 16 minutes, or until slightly tender.

In the meantime, combine the garlic, honey, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce and sesame oil to make a sauce. Dry shrimp with paper towels and place in a bowl.  Toss with 2 tablespoons sauce. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes.  Reserve remaining sauce.

When cabbage is done roasting, remove the pan from the oven, leaving the oven on.  Push cabbage to one side of the pan and lay shrimp on the other side of the pan in a single layer.  Discard any leftover marinade.

Roast 5 to 7 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Remove from the oven. Stir the roasted shrimp and cabbage to combine.

Serve the roasted shrimp and cabbage with the cooked rice. Top with the reserved sauce.

 

2 servings, 410 calories per serving

Hack:  Shrimp can be purchased individually from the seafood counter at most grocery stores.  Alternately, it can be purchased frozen in larger portions if you wish to keep some on hand.  Thaw needed amounts before cooking.

Hack:  Shrimp can be thawed overnight in the refrigerator.  It can be thawed more quickly by placing it in a sealable bag and submerging in a bath of cold water for about an hour.

Hack:  Ask the produce clerk to cut a head of cabbage into wedges so you’ll only have to buy what you need.  They’ll wrap the leftover pieces and put it back on the shelf for sale.  If you find that you have leftover cabbage, use it to make this tasty Broccoli Coleslaw or Oven Braised Pork Roast with Red Cabbage and Leek!

Hack:  Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root?  Grating it in it’s frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.

Hack:  Place any leftover rice while still warm (to retain moisture) in serving size containers and freeze for future use.

 

French Dip Casserole

French Dip Casserole
French Dip Casserole

French Dip Casserole

 

2 tbsp olive oil

½ lb stew beef

1 onion, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp)

1 cup water

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1½ cups heavy cream, divided

1 tsp pepper

2 tsp prepared horseradish

⅔ cup mushrooms, sliced (5 ounces)

½ lb angel hair pasta

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp flour

½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (2 oz)

½ cup pepper jack cheese, shredded (2 oz)

 

Heavy olive oil in a large heavy skillet or pan over medium-high heat. Dry stew beef on paper towels and add to hot oil. Brown on all sides and remove from pan.

Add onion and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Push onion to the sides of the pan to make a well. Add garlic to well and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add beef back to pan, add water and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to simmer, cover and turn heat to low. Simmer for 2½ hours. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Stir in 1 cup cream, pepper, horseradish and mushrooms.

Heat 4 quarts of water to boiling. Add angel hair and cook for 4 minutes or until “al dente”. Drain well but don’t rinse. Toss with beef mixture and pour into an 8 cup covered casserole dish.

Melt butter in a small saucepan. Stir in flour and bring to simmer, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining cream and bring back to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add cheeses, stirring until they are melted.

Spread cheese sauce over the top of the casserole. Cover and bake in a preheated 350℉ oven for 20 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 10 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 160℉.

Let the casserole rest for 10 minutes before serving.

8 servings, 500 calories per serving

Hack: One 4 oz can of mushrooms can replace the fresh mushrooms in this recipe.

Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Alternately, seal serving-sized portions in freezer-safe containers and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

 

 

Baked Cauliflower Casserole

 

Baked Cauliflower Casserole
Baked Cauliflower Casserole

Baked Cauliflower Casserole

 

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets (6-8 cups)

1 red onion, thinly sliced, divided

3 medium tomatoes, chopped

¼ cup olive oil

7 eggs

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp dried rosemary

2 ½ tsp dried basil

⅓ tsp turmeric

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 cup flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

¾ cup parmesan cheese, grated

¾ cup sharp cheddar, grated

 

Preheat the oven to 400℉.

Set aside 4 onion rounds and put the rest in a 13” x 9” baking pan.  Add cauliflower and tomatoes.  Toss with olive oil.  Roast in the oven until cauliflower is very tender, 30-40 minutes, turning every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Whisk together eggs, sesame oil, cumin, rosemary, basil, turmeric, salt and pepper.

Blend flour and baking powder and whisk into egg mixture.  Whisk in cheese. Gently fold in vegetables trying not to break up cauliflower.

Place mixture in a greased 13” x 9” pan lined with parchment paper.  Arrange reserved onion rings over the top.

Bake in 400℉ oven until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.  Allow to rest for 20 minutes before slicing.

This dish can be served warm or at room temperature.

6 servings, 395 calories per serving

Hack:  Leftover portions can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for future use.