For this week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays we again made something of our own choosing from Dorie Greenspan’s latest cookbook, Everyday Dorie. Regular readers will know that typically, we all make the same recipe each week we post but since shopping is a (non contact) sport these days and we can’t be sure what we will and won’t have access to, moderators allowed us to choose what we were able to cook/ bake this week and later this month, to be re-assessed closer to May to see if we do this again.
I happened to have all the ingredients for the Mediterranean Shepherd’s Pie on hand earlier in the month and because I’m all about batch cooking these days as I juggle online teaching, this seemed to be the perfect choice for us.
There’s a lot of fancy food in this world, and then there’s shepherd’s pie, a rustic hodgepodge often made with leftovers, seldom made the same way twice and always satisfying. For this version, one that’s been on my favorite shepherd’s pie list for a while now, I start from scratch with sausage and ground meat. I often use turkey, but chicken, lamb and beef are all good. It’s the herbs and spices that make this one Mediterranean. The potatoes could just as nicely be sweet potatoes, and I like to cook butternut squash into the filling (so easy — you can buy it already peeled and cubed, fresh or frozen) because I like its sweetness with the spices.
For the filling, I used ground pork and pork sausages because that’s what I had on hand. Luckily for me I had all the spices Dorie calls for (cumin, sumac, za’atar, harissa) and, while I did have baby spinach in my fridge (even the right amount), I forgot to add it. But that’s the beauty of a shepherd’s pie – it being a “rustic hodgepodge” and all, it works with most everything! I loved the addition of the tomatoes and butternut squash in here – made a nice difference from the usual peas and carrots I include in my shepherd’s pie (regular and vegetarian).
I’ll definitely remember this version next time I have a shepherd’s pie craving – the licence to use sausage meat and different veggies opens up a world of possibilities for this delicious hodgepodge 😉
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Mediterranean Shepherd’s Pie on page 161 of Everyday Dorie or here.
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