Shepherd’s pies feature a glorious intermingling of meat and vegetable under a seductive valance of mashed potato. Undoubtedly the dish is dubbed as such because it was perfect meal if you are old fashioned and, uh you know, herding sheep. Cat herding more aptly describes the hustling activity which engages our time and pervades our modern existence. Each of us is pulled simultaneously in several directions, often by disparate and sometimes competing objectives. I humbly present a modern interpretation of the age-old mashed potato/meat pie recipe. Today’s modern child wranglers, career chasers, and Renaissance insomniacs require a structurally sound, spicily satisfying, and facilely-prepared meal. Hooray for chili.
Potato crust part:
1 lb potatoes (we used a mix of russet and red)
¼ C sour cream
2 T butter
3 T chives, chopped
½ C tomato sauce
1 can tomato soup (undiluted)
1 T chili powder
1 t coriander
1 t garlic powder
1 t cumnin
1 t paprika
1 t sriracha sauce
Meat and vegetable part:
1 lb precooked turkey meatballs, cut in halves
1 C onion, chopped
1 C sweet peppers, chopped
1) Microwave potatoes until they are cooked.
2) Remove skin from potatoes if you wish. (I removed the skin from the russet but left the skin on the red.
3) Mash cooked potatoes with sour cream, butter, and chives. Set aside
4) In a bowl, mix chili ingredients.
5) In a 9” pie place, layer meatballs, onions, sweet peppers.
6) Layers with chili mix.
7) Top chili mix with mashed potatoes.
8) Bake at 350F for 1 hour.
Two recipes in a row utilizing the glass pie plate. Yeah, I’m rekindling that old flame. Although the recipe appears daunting, owing mostly to the sheer number of ingredients and tripartite nature, it was a snap to prepare. The inclusion of pre-cooked meatballs lent mightily to the easy of prep.
Most of us really enjoyed the chili (Pre was the noted and the expected exception.) My chief “beef” was that the meatballs were not beef. The turkey meatballs left a faint and undesirable aftertaste. Chili Jr. and I perceived this instantly. Apart this, the meatball chili cat herder pie was a real catch- go ahead an’ wrangle some up.