Saturday, March 14, 2009

Shepherd's Pie Freezer Cooking Recipe

Shepherd's Pie Freezer Cooking Recipe
Mom's Budget

Can easily double or triple to make multiples for the freezer.

2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 carrots, chopped
2 small onions, chopped
1 tbsp flour
1-1/4 cups beef stock (use chicken stock if using ground turkey instead of beef)
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp thyme
1 lb cooked ground beef or turkey
1 1/2 lbs mashed potatoes
2 tbsp butter, softened
3 tbsp cream
1 egg, slightly beaten (for cooking day)

In medium saucepan, heat oil and fry onions and carrots until soft. Add flour,
creating a paste, cooking for one minute. Add ketchup, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt and pepper, bringing to a boil. Simmer 2-3 minutes, then add ground beef or turkey, simmering until heated through. Add to foil disposable casserole. In a separate bowl, combine mashed potatoes with butter and cream, then top meat mixture with it. Cool and freeze. If you have a small family, split into two casseroles instead of one.

Cooking day:
Thaw overnight in fridge or 4-5 hours at room temperature. Brush top with egg (optional). Preheat oven to 425F and bake for 20-30 minutes (if you split into two casseroles, cooking time may be shorter).

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