The grand finale of pork week was Shepherd’s Pie. While it’s a humble dish at heart, the presentation is beautiful and it was oh, so delicious. I’ve never made it before, but having eaten it I knew that the basic recipe was a meat something, topped with a veggie something (usually peas) and then lots of yummy mashed potatoes. Could you go wrong with that? I didn’t think so, and it seemed simple enough that I decided to wing it without a recipe. I already had leftover pulled pork and it was the perfect base for my pie. And you thought pork pies were just an English thing, didn’t you?
Interested in Day One and Two of my pork roast saga? Click here for BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Shredded Pork & Black Bean Tacos. If you’re stretching the dollars, these are three easy meals that were very nice to my food budget.
2 cups (or so) Basic Pulled Pork
4-6 oz. mushrooms (I used a mix of button mushrooms and shiitake)
a few sprigs of fresh thyme
1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped into 1-2 inch pieces
4-5 medium red potatoes, with skin on
3-4 cloves garlic
Salt & pepper
2 tbsp. butter
1/4- 1/2 cup milk
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Quarter the potatoes and cover with water in a large sauce pan. Throw in the whole, peeled cloves of garlic. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes or so until fork tender. Drain the water. Add butter, milk and salt & pepper to taste and mash with a potato masher. Set aside.
Meanwhile, in a skillet saute mushrooms in a little butter or olive oil with fresh thyme and a pinch of salt & pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes until softened and set aside. Put green beans in a glass bowl with a little water, cover with a plate or plastic wrap (undone a bit to let steam escape) and microwave for a 2-3 minutes. Drain water. (You could alternatively boil these on the stove for 3-4 minutes if you prefer). If your pork is cooled in the fridge, warm it up slightly in the microwave.
Preheat oven to 375˚. Assemble your pie by spreading pork (and any pork juices there might be) in the bottom of a casserole dish. Top with mushrooms. Then spread green beans over the top. Pile on the mashed potatoes and spread out to cover everything evenly. Sprinkle with green onions and parmesan. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Pop it in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until everything is hot and mashed potatoes are starting to brown on top. Dig in! Makes 4-6 servings.