Fortunately, I am mighty. 

Turkey Day Weekend! I suppose this means I should be making turkey but I’m not. Not today. The only thing I’ve planned for this long weekend (drumroll, please) is my cleaning list. I do plan on making something with old bananas, and I have a lovely flat of Roma tomatoes to can, but I’m basically slowly working my way through the many things in my house that require a thorough scrubbing. 

What an exciting life I do lead, right? 

Tonight’s supper is shepherd’s pie. Sriracha potatoes and smoked cheese. Bowl o’ meat and gravy. I can’t imagine what could warm me up more. 

First, we’ve got our pile of food:


Not quite everything, but you get the gist. We are starting with minced garlic and shallot, along with our ground beef, in our hot pan, while simultaneously boiling potatoes. 

The potatoes boil for a half hour if you cut them small enough. 

Let the meat brown and toss in your veggies as you chop them. I’ve used rainbow carrots, green beans and a bit of frozen corn kernels. Stir into the meat and season – salt and pepper, oregano, bay leaf, bit of dry mustard.

 I’ve gone about 6 times around the pan with my liquid beef bouillon and added just over a cup of boiling water. 

Leave to simmer for about 20 minutes, or roughly as long as you need to finish your potatoes.

Speaking of potatoes, drain the water when they’re finished. Toss in about a half a cup of milk, 2-3 tablespoons of butter, salt and pepper into the potatoes and mash, whip, mush – whatever consistency of mashed potato appeals to you.

I decided to be a sneaky bunny and add sriracha to the potatoes. Not too much. 

So now that this is ready, give your meat and veg a good stir, then sprinkle with a couple tablespoons for flour (or potato starch) to make your gravy. 

Top this beauty with your spicy potatoes. 

Sprinkle potatoes with grated cheese. I’m using smoked Gouda. 

Sprinkle lightly with cayenne or paprika.

Bake for 20 minutes at 400. I turned on the broiler and put it back in for a few minutes to crisp the cheese. Now, I know it’s tempting, but give it a minute so you don’t burn your face off. 

Happy Turkey Day! 

Shepherd’s Pie:

  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 shallot
  • 500g ground beef
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/2 c. bite size green beans
  • 1/2 c. Corn (frozen, canned or fresh)
  • Beef bouillon 
  • Boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 c milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oregano, bay leaf, dry mustard
  • Sriracha
  • 1/4 c grated cheese
  • Cayenne 

Boil potatoes for mashing. 

Brown meat with garlic and shallot over medium heat. Add veggies, seasonings and stock. Simmer 20-30 minutes. Mash potatoes with butter, milk and salt and pepper. Add sriracha. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons flour over meat and veg. Stir to coat.

Pour meat into baking dish. Cover with mashed potatoes, sprinkle with cheese and cayenne. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes, then broil for 3 minutes. 

Serves 2. 


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