Shepherd’s Pie–the definition of comfort food!!
This is an easy one-dish meal, and one of the best casserole recipes for nourishing a hard-working family. The vegetables and meats can be interchanged or varied. However, we thought my impromptu version was scrumptious!! The creamy sweetness of the corn made it divinely melt-in-your-mouth good. It is a nutritious meal and a good way to give your loved ones a warm, hearty hug-in-a-dish. Smile.
saute in 2 T. olive oil:
1 small onion, chopped
4 carrots, diced
when tender, add;
2 ears of cooked corn’s worth of kernels, sliced carefully from the cobb
3 c. small fresh broccoli flowerets
Cover and steam on mid-to-low heat for 15 minutes, or until just tender.
Meanwhile, very generously butter a deep dish pie plate, preferably 13″ in diameter or larger. Generously distribute flour over the bottom of the dish and shake it back and forth to coat.
layer in bottom of pie plate:
2 c. shredded cooked chicken (you can substitute ground beef or turkey, or even garbanzo beans, etc)
top with cooked vegetable mixture.
pour over everything:
16 oz. can clam chowder or potato soup (ready-to-eat)
2 c. water, rinsed in the can
Cut into quarters and arrange artfully over the top, pressing down slightly into sauce:
10 homemade buttermilk biscuits (see recipe below)
Cut slivers of butter and place a thin slice of butter on top of each biscuit quarter.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-45 minutes or just lightly browned.
Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits:
stir together with wire whisk:
2 c. flour (preferably whole wheat pastry flour, or good gluten-free flour)
1 T. baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 c. buttermilk or sour milk (if you need to, add a t. of vinegar to some milk)
Stir together until it forms a ball. If necessary, depending upon the type of flour that you used, add 1/4 c. olive oil to help it stick together (but not to you!) Knead it a few times with your hands, and then roll out to 1 inch thickness. Cut biscuits with a small round glass. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.
“The King of Love
my Shepherd is
His goodness faileth never
I nothing lack if I am His
and He is mine forever….”