Sunday, July 13, 2014

Curried Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Who doesn't like a good Shepherd's Pie? Well mine has a few twists, my adaptation of shepherd's pie delivers a formidable combination of curry-spiked lamb, gingered vegetables, and mashed sweet potatoes. For a hearty dinner or brunch, prepare the pie ahead of time and freeze until you are ready to toss it into the oven.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 MEDIUM SWEET POTATOES { 12 OUNCES EACH; SEE TIP }
  • 2 TABLESPOONS VEGETABLE OIL
  • 2 POUNDS GROUND LAMB
  • 2 TEASPOONS SALT
  • 1/3 CUP ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
  • 1 TEASPOON CURRY POWDER
  • 1 3/4 CUPS LAMB OR CHICKEN STOCK
  • 1 1/2 POUNDS CARROTS, PEELED AND CHOPPED
  • 1 1/2 POUNDS PARSNIPS, PEELED AND CHOPPED
  • 1 MEDIUM ONION, CHOPPED
  • 1 TABLESPOON GRATED, PEELED FRESH GINGER
  • 1 BAG { 10 OUNCES } FROZEN PEAS
  • 1 CUP HALF-AND-HALF, WARMED
  • 2 TABLESPOONS BUTTER

DIRECTIONS:

  1. PIERCE SWEET POTATOES ALL OVER WITH A FORK. MICROWAVE ON HIGH 15 TO 17 MINUTES, UNTIL TENDER WHEN PIERCED, TURNING OVER ONCE.
  2. IN A 12-INCH SKILLET, HEAT 1 TABLESPOON OIL OVER MEDIUM-HIGH HEAT UNTIL HOT. ADD LAMB. SPRINKLE WITH 1/4 TEASPOON SALT AND COOK 5 MINUTES OR UNTIL NO LONGER PINK, STIRRING AND BREAKING UP WITH THE SIDE OF A SPOON.
  3. STIR FLOUR AND CURRY POWDER INT LAMB IN SKILLET; COOK 1 MINUTE, STIRRING.
  4. ADD STOCK; HEAT TO BOILING. COOK 1 MINUTE OR UNTIL MIXTURE THICKENS SLIGHTLY. DIVIDE LAMB MIXTURE BETWEEN TWO 3-QUART BAKING DISHES AND SPREAD EVENLY.
  5. PREHEAT OVEN TO 375 DEGREES. WIPE SKILLET DRY; ADD REMAINING 1 TABLESPOON OIL AND HEAT OVER MEDIUM HEAT UNTIL HOT.
  6. ADD CARROTS, PARSNIPS, AND ONION; COOK, COVERED, STIRRING OCCASIONALLY, UNTIL VEGETABLES ARE BROWNED AND TENDER, ABOUT 15 MINUTES.
  7. STIR IN GINGER, FROZEN PEAS AD 1/2 TEASPOON SALT. DIVIDE VEGETABLES BETWEEN CASSEROLES, SPREADING OVER LAMB.
  8. SCOOP SWEET POTATO FLESH INOT BOWL AND COARSELY MASH. STIR IN HALF-AND-HALF, BUTTER AND REMAINING 1 TEASPOON SALT; MASH UNTI WELL BLENDED.
  9. SPREAD SWEET POTATO MIXTURE OVER VEGETABLES.
  10. BAKE, UNCOVERED, 35 TO 40 MINUTES OR UNTIL TOP IS BROWNED.

TIP: WHEN MICROWAVING SWEET POTATOES, PICK ONES THAT ARE AS UNIFORM IN SIZE AND SHAPE AS POSSIBLE--OTHERWISE THEY WON'T COOK EVENLY.

ACTIVE TIME: 1 HOUR
TOTAL TIME: 2 HOURS 20 MINUTES
MAKES: 2 CASSEROLES, 6 MAIN-DISH SERVINGS EACH