Sunday, January 6, 2013

Twice Baked Shepherd's Pie Potatoes

Ok, so I was watching Paula Deen... who I am in love with, and I saw her husband making Deluxe Twice Baked Potatoes with Shrimp. I haven't been able to erase it from my mind since. I'm obsessed. Unfortunately, the boyfriend doesn't really enjoy shrimp... so I decided to take a recipe he DID like and roll it into Mrs. Deen and her husband, Michael's magnificent looking recipe. 

Things you'll need:
4 large baking potatoes baked (I prick mine with a fork, rub olive oil on it and bake it at 350 for about an hour)

1/2 cup Sour Cream (I also added a tbsp of Mayo but it isn't necessary)
milk for texture
1 green onion
2-3 Tbsp. butter or margarine

Meat Mixture:
Approx 1lb hamburger/ground turkey (I had 1.23 lbs so I just made an extra ramekin of Shepherd's Pie)
1-2 cups beef stock 
2-3 tbsp. flour
1/2 small yellow or spanish onion diced
2 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
Tabasco, salt, pepper, and garlic to taste (Trust me on the hot sauce!)
1/2 cup favorite veggies

6-8oz. Cheddar Cheese (I used both shredded and deli sliced because I had both in the fridge and I'm lazy)

Step 1:Bake the four potatoes after pricking with a fork and rubbing in olive oil in a 350 oven for approximately an hour. When they are cool enough, cut a trough in the top and scoop it out into a bowl. (Paul Deen's husband taught me that.)

Step 2: Cook hamburger and onion in pan using beef stock to keep it from sticking (I use really lean beef), then add 1 tbsp. flour at a time until you have a gravy going (add more stock as needed.) Then once you've got a nice brown gravy in your meat add the Worcestershire sauce and salt, pepper, garlic and Tabasco to taste. (I used 1 tsp salt, 3 tsp garlic, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 3 good shakes of Tabasco.) Tabasco and Worcestershire Sauce go together like peas and carrots. OH MAN! You can also add 1/2 a cup of veggies if you desire. I added 1/2 cup frozen peas.

Step 3: Make mashed potatoes. I add about 2 oz. shredded cheddar, 1/2 cup sour cream, 2-3 tbsp. butter, 1 green onion chopped and mix it with a mixer using milk to thin it to the texture I prefer. Salt and Pepper to taste.

Step 4: STUFF IT!
Fill potato 3/4 full with meat mixture, then stack some cheese (I used 1 slice of sliced deli cheese but you can do whatever you want), lastly, go ahead and pile on the mashed potatoes and top with some of the remaining cheese. and place in a greased baking dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy! BE CAREFUL THESE PUPPIES GET HOT! 

 Now for the food porn...


 I was able to make two ramekins worth of Shepherd's pie from the extra potatoes and meat mix.

These were so good that boyfriend devoured 2 of them... Let me know if you try them!!

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