Sunday, April 22, 2012

Shepherds Pie Snack


I try to do organic, from-scratch everything, particularly when it comes to my girls.  Even more so when it comes to feeding their friends.  Not so for tomorrow.  This is, Maman's in a hurry- gotta-get this-done, sort of recipe.  Hopefully there's enough cheese and good stuff for them to eat their peas.  I know my girls will... question is, will anyone else's!

Shepherds Pie Snack
Makes 2 dozen


Ingredients
1 package of Jiffy Mix
1 egg
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup grilled corn (left overs from dinner)
1 lb ground beef*
1 lb/package of sage pork sausage
1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
6 large Yukon Gold
whole milk
1/4 cup butter
1 cup parmesan, grated
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/8 cup butter

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.  Place paper muffin cups into muffin tin.
  2. Prepare the Jiffy mix, per instructions with egg and water.  Blend with spoon, and add the corn.   In muffin cups, place small dollop of corn bread batter, distributed evenly between the two dozen muffins.  Place in heated oven for 5 minutes and remove.
  3. In saute pan, brown crumbled ground beef and pork sausage.  Set aside and drain.
  4. Place small (1 tablespoon) amount of meat mixture atop the corn muffin.  Top with peas and grated cheese, leaving small amount below the paper muffin cup.
  5. Boil water, and cook peeled and diced potatoes until done.  Mash with "enough" milk and butter.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Put slightly-cooled mashed potatoes into gallon bag, and cut small corner.  Pipe mashed potatoes into muffin cup.  Top with grated cheese
  6. In small bowl, blend butter and bread crumbs.  Top with bread crumbs.
  7. Place the pie into the oven for another ten minutes. 

* No, not a traditional Sheperd's Pie with lamb, but seriously, do you think a bunch of two-year olds will care?

---- EDIT ----  the update

Okay, the two year olds did just what I thought they would... they found the part they wanted, ate that, discarded the rest. Greta Jo, who was just treated to a spice cake cupcake yesterday, discarded the entire snack and ate just the oranges that accompanied the snack.  She was clearly disgusted to have not received a cupcake topped with sweet and creamy icing, but was not to be fooled into eating the savory treat her Maman had made.  Her classmates disagreed and liked the snack.  Clara Lou and her classmates were less enamoured. They like it simple Maman - crackers, cubes of cheese, basic diced fruit.  They're still working on feeding themselves, so on Wednesday, that is just the sort of snack they'll be getting.  
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