Tag Archives: sweet potatoes

Shepherd’s Pie with Every Great Vegetable Ever

7 Mar

What to do with half of a leftover butternut squash and a surplus of sweet potatoes from last week’s produce box?  Definitely Sausage Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potatoes and Squash from Epicurious.  The most delicious thing about this particular shepherd’s pie is that I discovered that maple syrup and curry were meant to be together.

 

Makes me wanna herd some sheep!...but then again...lots of things make me want to herd sheep.  Sheep are hilarious.

Makes me wanna herd some sheep!...but then again...lots of things make me want to herd sheep. Sheep are hilarious.

I did, however, make a few amendments:

-Added Swiss chard.  No peas, no corn.

-swapped cream for half and half

-Swapped coriander for cumin.

Here’s the basic concept: Boil sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and regular potato all together.  Drain.  Add back to pot, add butter and maple syrup, commence Pagan Squash-mashing ritual.  Meanwhile, saute the filling: sausage, onions, garlick, Swiss chard and curry + cumin. Throw the filling in a delightful cobalt blue Le Creuset baking dish, add a beaten egg plus half and half, and top it off with a colorful hat of squash.

Here’s my trio of delightful winter starches, post boil.

Steamy

Steamy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pagan Squash-Mashing, with maple syrup and butter.  Def wanna stick my face in that.  Like, when it’s cooled a bit.

Moments later...

Moments later...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The filling is underway in the pan.  This is the part that makes the house smell amazing.  Especially the curry.  In our last apartment, Man-friend and I lived on a block with a very delicious Indian restaurant, and lots of Indian neighbors who apparently spent their days cooking torturously delicious things.  The block perpetually smelled like curry, and every time Man-friend and I passed someone’s kitchen window, we made a note to that we needed more Indian friends.  Which is obviously the main driver behind both of us going to business school.
But I digress!

Meanwhile, back in the pan....

Meanwhile, back in the pan....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the shepherd’s pie before going on the oven.

Shepher's Pie Tetris

Shepher's Pie Tetris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s pretty easy, and SUCH a great meal.

Sweet Potato Curry Fries

28 Feb

The idea was to roast some sweet potato wedges with some super-fragrant spices and a little olive oil and end up with healthy sweet potato fries.  Well, the idea was lovely, but the execution was, uh….see for yourself.

Man-friend (ok obviously he's my husband but I refuse to call him DH or whatever because we DO NOT use doilies in this house) is mixing the sweet potato wedges with spices.

Man-friend (ok obviously he's my husband but I refuse to call him DH or whatever because we DO NOT use doilies in this house) is mixing the sweet potato wedges with spices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The spices included curry, cumin, just enough cinnamon to go undetected by Man-friend (who hates cinnamon), salt and pepper.  Oh plus a little cayenne pepper. Like, literally a dusting.  Did the same person who refuses to use the term “DH” just use the word “dusting”?  Indeedily-doodily.

We distributed them more or less evenly on a Silpat on a baking sheet, and baked at 450 degrees  for about 15 minutes.  Then took them out to turn them over/move them around, then another 15 minutes.

But they were mushy.

Hmm. Delish.

Hmm. Delish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We put them back in the oven, thinking we could dry them out and make them crispy?  No such luck.

Yeeeeah.  Not our finest moment.

Yeeeeah. Not our finest moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At least they tasted good.