Ta dah! A Midwestern winner of the Great Shepherd’s Pie Contest

Contests | February 4, 2013 | By

Well, after thousands of entries (if you count spam blog comments asking me to buy fake Louis Vuitton bags as entries), a winner of the Great Shepherd’s Pie Contest has been determined. I couldn’t have been happier with the results if I had chosen the winner myself. Because I did.

Congratulations, Joanna at Midwestern Bite! $30 in culinary goodies will soon arrive at your Midwestern front door! (as long as you message me with your address – DM on Twitter?)

I loved what Joanna brought to the table. What’s better than ground beef? Ham. Better than potato? Sweet potato. And not just any sweet potato, spiked sweet potato. This is the second blog post in a row where I’ve had to break into our liquor globe

Antique liquor globeAntique liquor globe 2for some whiskey, and you don’t hear me complaining. I especially respect that Joanna’s recipe doesn’t call for the alcohol to be boiled off as most do. Giddy up.

PS You too can get yourself a liquor globe, if you have an antique collecting Uncle-Russell-in-law who decides to move to Mexico and relieve himself of all his earthly possessions around the time you’re getting wedding gifts. He also generously filled it for us, even though he doesn’t drink. Good guy. He’s just decided to move back here again, though. I might have to hide the liquor globe in case he has a change of heart.

Anyway, I recreated Joanna’s pie tonight just to make sure it was delicious, and I wasn’t disappointed. I omitted the sugar due primarily to a New Year’s resolution that’s about to go the way of the Betamax (and VHS, now that I think about it), but since I’m still livin the dream… It was just fine without it. I also sautéed the mushrooms and beans because I didn’t have any pre-roasted, and threw in some leftover onions. Otherwise, I made it as written. And I agree with Joanna’s assessment – this pie tastes like the holidays, all in one dish. Delish! (I saw a tweet today that said that word annoyed a chef I follow, so cheers to him)

I only took one picture to prove I actually tried Joanna’s recipe and I took it pre-topping, which turned out to be for the best because I kind of over-roasted the sweet potato so there were some blackish bits, which didn’t make for a pretty puree. She often takes her pics outside, so here is my little tribute in a sorry excuse for some Toronto snow.

Shepherd's Pie Winner

But Joanna’s pictures kick the behind of mine (I typed “behind,” because I couldn’t figure out whether it was “but” or “butt”) around the block anyway, so check those out here.

Thanks for the blogging fun, Ms. Midwest!


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    Joanna @ Midwestern Bite
    February 5, 2013

    So excited to win!! And thanks for the snow tribute. I like to encourage bloggers to get outside whenever possible. Of course this is only my second tribute but the first was chocolate on a shrub in CA so you win just because of the weather factor. 😉 My friend John is going to be so jealous of your liquor globe. He’s been looking for one for awhile now.

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      Ann Allchin
      February 9, 2013

      I would be jealous of the liquor globe if I didn’t have one. How cocky is that statement? 🙂 I’ve had trouble getting out this week because of sick kiddies (and SNOW) but your culinary goodies will be on their way shortly! Thanks so much for playing!

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