Is it safe to say that spring has sprung in Minnesota? Possibly.
I will probably be posting about a snow storm next week—who knows! But regardless of the usual crazy weather up north, spring is indeed on the way to all corners of the States. Flowers blooming, fresh cut grass, and sunshine filled days are just around the corner. Another big deal of the season is spring cleaning. So for the next few posts I will be posting some of my cleaning tips for different sections of your kitchen and pantry. Do you have any good spring cleaning tips?
Lately, dinners have been showing up in shepherd form..
Oops—not that style shepherd..
There—that’s more like it!
Growing up, I always loved shepherd's pie because it was a comfort food to the fullest! I still love it for that reason, but now I am aware that it is a well-rounded meal containing 4 food groups in one dish—score! Meat, potatoes(carb), veggies, and cheese. But sometimes the standard can get boring as with anything, so I decided to try out some different flavor combos. Pick one, or both to try soon—you won’t be disappointed!!
BBQ Venison and Corn Shepherd’s Pie
**Beef can be easily substituted for venison**
- 1 pound venison or lean ground beef
- 8 medium green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)
- 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained
- 1 can (4 ounces) green chiles, undrained
- 1 package (7-ounce size) Betty Crocker® Cheddar and bacon mashed potatoes (1 pouch)
- 1 1/2 cups hot water
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine (I used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter tub spread)
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
1. Cook ground venison and 1/4 cup of the onions in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain well. Stir in barbecue sauce, 3/4 cup of the corn and the chilies. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low to keep warm.
2. Meanwhile, cook potatoes as directed on package for 4 servings, using 1 pouch Potatoes and Seasoning, hot water, milk and butter. Stir in remaining onions and corn; let stand 5 minutes.
3.Spoon potatoes onto center of beef mixture, leaving 2 1/2- to 3-inch rim around edge of skillet; sprinkle cheese over potatoes and beef mixture. Cover and let stand about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Italian Shepherd's Pie