Since it’s pi day today and St. Partick’s Day is around the corner, today is my chance to make shepherd’s pie!
I have to admit that we didn’t celebrate this holiday when I was growing up in the Philippines. But we did celebrate a lot of other saints days... The day itself commemorates the death of St. Patrick which is the parton saint of Ireland. Depictions of him always involve holding a shamrock, which was said to be a tool that he used to teach about the holy trinity. St. Patrick’s day is celebrated in many parts of the world and for us who live in the US, this day has become an excuse to go to Irish pubs, drink Guiness and Irish whiskey and eat Irish food. I guess it’s ok, as long as we know what it’s all about.
Shepherd’s pie is traditionally made with minced lamb and topped with mashed potatoes. Versions of it include the cottage pie, which is made with minced beef. This was peasant food, made to use leftover meat and cheaply available potatoes.
My version of it is made with neither beef nor lamp nor does it have potatoes. So I guess we should call it something else... I used ground chicken and mashed cauliflower topping for this light dish.
1 lb ground chicken
2 tbsp butter
1 chopped onion
1 minced garlic
1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes (any tomato)
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp chicken bouillon paste or cube
1/4 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
for the topping:
1 head cauliflower
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup cream cheese
In a cast iron skillet, I melted the butter and added the ground chicken. I tried my best to brown it... I guess you have to use heat heat and avoid the temptation of stirring it to much. Brown and crumble the meat. Then I added the onions and cherry tomatoes, cooking until translucent. Garlic and tomato paste went in after that. After a couple of minutes, I added the water and bouillon cube and let it simmer for about 10 mins. Salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, the cauliflower was boiling in water until fork tender. I then drained it into the blender and added the butter, cheese, garlic powder and salt pepper. Blended it into mash potato consistency but it’s slightly runnier. I then spreaded this right on top of the ground chicken in the skillet. I baked it for 30 mins at 350 degrees C then broiled it to make the surface brown.
I hope you all have a good and safe st. Paddy’s day tomorrow! Try this ground chicken and mashed cauli pie! I don’t have a name for it yet..