Category: Sauces and Gravies


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*Disclaimer:  This is by no means your traditional Shepard’s Pie.  Because I used leftover pulled pork, I am officially calling this “Farmer’s Pie”.  The thought process being that farmers raise pigs, not cows or lamb which are used in Shepard’s Pie and Cottage Pie.

It’s the last day of the leftover pulled pork from https://pixieinthekitchen.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/perfect-pulled-pork/.

I had been thinking about making a Sheppard’s for a while now.  Lamb is not easy to come by where I live, and there is just not enough flavor for me in ground beef.  Thankfully, I still had some pulled pork laying around in the fridge from Sunday’s dinner.

As I have said this is by no means traditional, but it is scrumptious! Instead of peas for the veg, I made a cremini mushroom and onion gravy, which added a ton of earthy flavor and paired nicely with the bbq flavor in the pork.

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 Get a big pot of water on the stove to boil.  Peel and cut 5 medium sized potatoes.  Boil until cooked through.  Mash with a bit of butter and milk and set aside.

While your potatoes are cooking, slice up the mushrooms and onions and sautee in a couple tablespoons of olive oil.  Add in salt and pepper, and a bit of thyme.  When the veg is tender, add a couple tablespoons of flour to the pan and cook for another minute.  Slowly stir in some chicken or beef stock to form a gravy.

Add your meat (whatever you have used), already cooked to a pie plate.  Top with the mushroom gravy.  Spread the mashed potatoes on top.  Bake in a preheated 400 f oven for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are brown and crispy on top.

Serve and enjoy!

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What you will need:

2 cups pulled pork (or any other cooked beef or lamb that you have as leftovers)

5 medium potatoes, peeled

1 large onion

1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms

1 cup chicken (or beef) stock

2 tablespoons of flour

1 teaspoon thyme

2 tablespoons of olive oil

salt and pepper

My Homemade Tomato Sauce

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Nothing beats home grown 🙂

This summer, I decided to take up gardening.  I am a believer of making as much as I can from scratch, and what better way to embrace that idea than to grow my own veg and herbs.  As a result i found my kitchen this weekend overrun with fresh ripe red tomatoes, and various other veggies.  (I think I’ll have enough zucchini to keep my going till next summer.)

My husband was worried all these tomatoes would spoil before we could eat them, so I put his mind to ease and decided to whip up some sauce, that could be frozen until needed.  Then he was worried there wouldn’t be enough tomatoes left for him to eat, sometimes I just can’t win.

It was really a very easy process, and tasted amazing on the pizza I made for dinner that night.

Recipe:

12-15 vine ripened tomatoes (mine were various sizes)

4-5 cloves garlic (depending on your tastes)

2 tblspn each dried oregano and basil

1 tblspn onion powder

salt and pepper to taste

2-3 bay leaves

1 small can tomato paste

Bring a large pot of  salted water to a rolling  boil, meanwhile, rinse and cut the very tops of the tomatoes.  Place the tomatoes into the boiling water and let them boil for about 5 minutes, or until the skin begins to wrinkle and peel away.

Have an ice bath ready.  Remove the tomatoes from the boiling water and place them in the ice water to stop cooking.  They should be cool enough to handle within a minute or two.

With your hands, remove the skins from the tomatoes. (The above cooking process makes this part a breeze).  Place them back into the cooking pot and mash them up with a potato masher.  Pour this through a large fine mesh strainer and push the tomato through using a wooden spoon.  You will be left with tomato puree in the pot, and all the seeds, pith, and skins in the strainer.

Place the puree over medium heat and add the minced garlic and herbs, salt and pepper and bay leaves.  Bring to a simmer and add the tomato paste, stirring it in well.  Let simmer for about 20 minutes then remove from heat.

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Amazing on pizza!

Use the sauce right away on pizza or pasta, or freeze it for up to a month.  You could add meat for a heartier sauce after its cooked, it’s so versatile, it’s up to you.

Enjoy!

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