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Sunday, September 09, 2012

(Not) "Beef" and Potato Pie

I initially found this recipe in the June 2012 issue of All You magazine (p. 75), which is my absolute favorite magazine.  When I finally decided to make it, though, I knew I'd have to make some changes, as we do not use any kind of ground beef.  So here is my version of "Beef" and Potato Pie, and it was hands down, the HIT of the week in our house.

The original recipe said it made 4 servings.  I doubled the amount of ground turkey because I have to feed 5, but 3 of those 5 are adults!

Le finished product


Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 lbs. ground turkey, 97/3  (this is approximately 2-1/2 times the amt called for in the original recipe, but I have to feed 5)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, chopped (I omitted this the first time)
  • 2 medium red bliss potatoes, scrubbed well, sliced thin (I used my mandoline)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbs. wheat flour  (I probably used 3 Tbs. because I used twice the amt of meat called for in the recipe)
  • 1-1/4 c low-sodium beef broth. I used Knorr's new Homestyle Stock (beef), and used the whole tub of the broth, because I needed it to really flavor the turkey.
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (I probably used 2 tsp., also because of the doubled meat)
  • 2 tsp. unsalted butter, melted
Ok, I know it seems like a LOT of stuff, but it goes together really quickly.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt 1 tsp. butter in your frying pan.  Once that's melted, add the oil - it helps the butter to not burn.   Once that's heated, lightly saute the garlic. After about a minute or two, add the rest of your chopped vegetables.  See, that didn't take long, did it?
  3. Saute the vegetables for about 2 minutes or so. You don't want them to get too soft, though.
  4. Add the ground turkey, and mix everything up in the pan.  At this point, I also added the broth, to really cook the flavor into the meat.  This cooks for as long as it takes to cook the meat thoroughly.  It probably took about 10 minutes (some of my turkey came out of the microwave slightly frozen still, so it probably took me 15 minutes).  
  5. While the meat/vegetable mixture is cooking, I scrubbed and sliced my potatoes.  The original recipe calls for you to boil the slices in a pan with water.  I microwaved mine for about 3-4 minutes in about 1/2 inch of water in a casserole dish.  Same thing, really - and fewer pans to wash.  Ultimately, though, it's whatever you feel like doing. Just do NOT let the potatoes turn to mush.  You want them slightly cooked, but still firm.
  6. Once the meat mixture is thoroughly cooked through, sprinkle the flour over it and blend it in well.  This will thicken the juices and make a sort of gravy.  Now things are really picking up!
  7. Now you will layer the slices of potatoes across/around the top of the meat mixture. Because my frying pan is all metal, I can put the whole thing in the oven, so that's what I did.  However, if you cannot do this, then you would transfer the meat/veggie mixture into a oven-safe dish before doing the potatoes on top.
  8. Once the potatoes are arranged on top (in a pretty pattern, no doubt!), brush them with 1 tsp. of melted butter.  This helps them brown in the oven.  You can also sprinkle with salt (I used my Lawry's garlic salt).
  9. Transfer your pan/dish to the oven that you've had preheating (375ish.)  The original recipe calls for you to bake it for 30 minutes or until the middle is hot.  I cooked it while I was preparing the next recipe (apple cake), so it may have cooked longer than 30 minutes.  As long as you don't burn it, you're fine :D  You can also turn on the broiler at the end to brown up the potatoes, but I didn't even have to do that.  The butter took care of it for me.
I served this with some steamed vegetables and as I said, it was an absolute HIT!  There was NO leftovers (which kinda sucks), and everyone left the table with happy, full bellies.

Notes:
  • Next time, I'm thinking about maybe putting this in a pie crust.  Not sure, though, but it SEEMS like it would be yummy.
  • Keep in mind that if you DO use ground beef, you will have to drain off the oil when you're done cooking it, before adding the broth.  With the 97/3 turkey, there is no fat to drain off.  Score!
  • I will probably up the amount of celery and add the carrots next time, just to make this go farther.
  • My son wants me to use more potatoes next time. :)  



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