Thursday, November 2, 2017

Shepherd's Pie in a Cast Iron

Our daughter loves to cook with cast iron. While home one weekend she made us her version of Shepherd's Pie. The twist was, that by using cast iron, she could do it all in one pan. Brown the burger (or any ground meat) on the stove top, then make your layers and pop it in the oven. Simple is very good and the layer of cheese on top - even better.

1 lb. ground beef or other meat (venison, turkey etc.)
1  pkg. (16 oz.) frozen mixed vegetables (or choice of leftover cooked veggies)
4 cups seasoned mashed potatoes
8 oz. (1 cup) shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brown meat in cast iron skillet. Drain. 
Place vegetables on meat (in skillet) and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
Top with mashed potatoes, spreading to cover. 
Bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven, top with cheese, continue baking 10 minutes or until cheese melts. 
 Let rest for 5 or 10 minutes. Serves 6.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Baked (not fried) Pickles

     While writing an article on fair foods, I came across a recipe for fried pickles. Well not quite fried, they are baked instead. If I can bake something instead of mess with hot grease, I usually take that option. These turned out to be quick and easy to make. Since I used "Wickles Pickles," which have a little more kick, these "baked" pickles had some kick, too. It was an interesting experiment and well worth the try if you like pickles and a little zing.

Baked (not fried) Pickles
1 cup sliced pickles
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 T. melted butter

1 tsp. dill
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne (optional)
salt and pepper
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and spray coat a baking sheet.

Mix Panko crumbs, butter, dill, garlic, cayenne, salt and pepper in small bowl.

Put flour in separate small bowl or rimmed dish.

Crack eggs into small bowl and beat until blended.

Dredge pickle slices in flour, then dip in eggs and then coat in Panko crumbs mixed with seasonings. Lay pickles on baking sheet in single rows. Repeat process until all pickles are used.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Best served with sauce for dipping.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Jalapeños with Cornbread Stuffing

    Late summer is one of my favorite food times. That's when the peppers are poppin' in the gardens. I think I'd rather have fresh peppers to use than tomatoes, and that says a lot for an Indiana girl. But I can think of all kinds of ways to stuff and use them.
    Recently I saw a recipe using cornbread as the stuffing and gave it try. It's very easy with only a few common ingredients. It took longer to remove the seeds from the peppers than to make the dish.
    My thought is to make them ahead and reheat in the microwave, that way the cornbread isn't so dry. When eaten fresh, these are best with a dip - Ranch is always good.

Jalapeños with Cornbread Stuffing
6-7 large jalapeños
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (save 1 T. bacon fat)

1 box JIFFY corn muffin mix
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar
1 T. chives, finely chopped
ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cover a large baking sheet with foil.

Cut jalapeños in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Place on prepared baking pan.

In a medium bowl, combine corn muffin mix, egg, sour cream and bacon fat.
Mix until just combined.

Fold in chopped bacon, cheddar, chives and sprinkle with pepper.

Divide cornbread batter between jalapeño halves.

Spoon any remaining batter into paper cupcake liners.

Bake until the cornbread is golden, about 15 minutes.

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