One of my favourite shows on daytime TV is “The Chew”. The ABC Daytime’s lifestyle series “The Chew”, centres on food related and lifestyle topics. It is a hosted by Mario Batali, one of the most recognized and respected chefs in America today, alongside fellow restaurateur and “Iron Chef America” star Michael Symon, “Top Chef” alum Carla Hall, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly and health and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz.
The show consistently inspires me for my daily dinner solutions. On St. Patrick’s Day this year, Mario Batali composed a shepherd’s pie in one pot cast iron skillet with piped mashed potatoes. Brilliant! One pot and cast iron to boot.
A cast iron skillet/pan Lodge Logic Cast Iron Skillet – 12 Inch – Consiglio’s Kitchenware and Gift is like the LBD (little black dress) of the kitchen. It is my most used kitchen “gadget”, next to my chef knife.
Since I had all the components for this recipe either in my fridge/freezer, I ventured to make my version. I didn’t have to make the mashed potatoes; sweet or Yukon so dinner came together relatively quick.
Tip: Whenever you make mashed potatoes for large holiday events double the amount, and flat pack the extra/leftovers in Ziploc bags, labeled and freeze. Once thaw the potatoes will be a little watery so add some milk and whip up until the right consistency.
St. Patrick’s Day Lighter Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
Adapted from Shepherd’s Pie Recipe | Michael Symon – The Chew
Shepherd’s Pie Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 pkg. of ground turkey
- 2 carrots, peeled and cut in 1/2 moons
- 2-3 ribs of celery, chopped
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 can of beer, any brand preferably full flavoured
- 3 tablespoons Flour
- 1 cup Chicken Stock
- 1 cup Peas (fresh or frozen)
- Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
- 3 Yukon gold potatoes (peeled)
- 3 sweet potatoes (peeled)
- 1 1/2 cups of grated cheddar cheese
- fresh chopped italian parsley
- 1 cup Olive Oil
In a cast iron skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and ground turkey and cook until brown. Add the minced garlic, celery and onions.