The strangely scrumptious shepherd’s pie contest
And now, after having spell-checked “shepherd,” for fifteen minutes … Argh. I’m generally a ridiculously anal speller, but “Sheppard Avenue,” here in Toronto and various spellings of people’s last names threw me off this time …
Anyway. I’m throwing the coolest contest ever, in my opinion, and it’s my very first one, so if you’re reading this you need to participate.
I thought of it tonight as I was playing, “What’s in my fridge that I can turn into something.” If you’re the home chef for your family I know you’ve played this too. Too lazy to shop, too cheap to spend money, you hunt around for edible food items not too far past their due dates that could potentially nourish your family. I know you know the drill.
And what I found in my fridge and freezer was this. Hotdogs. Hundreds of condiments. A half-eaten round of brie. A bag of carrots (they last forever). Frozen peas. A small frozen portion of ground beef. And in my pantry, a half-empty bag of potatoes that mostly hadn’t grown eyes. Half an onion. At first I wondered if I might have to convince my husband that Dr. Oz just revealed that eating pizza more than once a week is actually healthy, but then an evil smile spread across my face. Of course I had to file away the hotdogs and brie as raw materials for lunch the following day and use the rest to make shepherd’s pie.
Now if you’re from the UK, you’re probably thinking, “What’s that daft cow on about? I’d make cottage pie with those bits and bobs of nosh.” Same thing. If you’re French, you might be thinking, “Je ne know what elle is parlaying about. Je would make pate chinois.” Same thing, but you’re the daft vaches if you ask me, because there’s nothing Chinese about this recipe, as far as I can see.
But no matter what you call it, I threw the ingredients together; a cup of beef stock, meat and veg pre-cooked in a pan, potatoes boiled and mashed, then baked in a casserole with meat/veg on bottom, potatoes on top, and bob was my oncle. It was fine, but boring, so my mind started wandering. What if I had access to more ingredients and had gotten creative? I could have thrown olives in. Or scallops. Liver. I’m half-kidding with these suggestions, but I was inspired by what could have been done with the general “shepherd’s pie,” concept.
So here’s the contest. Create a “dangerous,” version of Shepherd’s Pie. This can mean whatever you want it to mean. Submit it by 11:59pm Feb 1 2013 by either:
- Posting to your food blog and telling us to visit in the comments below, or
- E-mailing your recipe to email@example.com, hopefully with photos
My family and I will review the entries and prepare the two we think are most interesting with the greatest potential for deliciousness (don’t bother making it kid-friendly, they’re just out of luck on this one). I’ll post a summary of the submissions and announce the winner in my blog Feb3.
And the prize will be $30 in culinary specialty items (dangerous sauces and dips) mailed to your home!
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