Being English, I grew up eating Shepard’s Pie. It’s one of my comfort foods and a favourite in our home. I have my family’s tried and true recipe, which I use all the time, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to shake things up a little bit sometimes!
Lately, I’ve been really into pocket foods and finger foods. Perhaps because it’s summertime. The idea of foods that I can eat while sitting on a picnic blanket has a lot of appeal.
So a few days ago I threw together a few different ideas and came up with Shepard’s Pie Pockets. And let me tell you, they were delicious! Even the kids chowed down without complaints.
Now I sneak a lot of veggies into all my dishes. I do this intentionally to increase health value, decrease cost, and decrease calories. If you prefer a meatier dish you could easily increase the meat and decrease the veggies.
Here is the recipe if you want to give it a try.
SHEPARD’S PIE POCKETS
1 lb lean ground beef
2 carrots, diced
1 small onion diced
4 large brown mushrooms diced
3 garlic cloves (pressed)
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp beef oxo
1 cup water
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup corn
2 packages Pillsbury pie crusts (they are in the refrigerated section at the grocers)
In a skillet brown the beef. Then add the diced carrots, onions and mushrooms. Once the vegetables soften add the garlic, and cook for another minute until the garlic is fragrant. Add Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste. Mix the oxo into the water and add the liquid, stirring well. Add peas and corn, cover and let simmer for about 15 minutes or until all the liquid is gone (uncover if you need to).
Roll out a pie crust and cut into quarters. On one quarter spoon about a quarter cup of the beef mixture. Place another quarter on top and fold over the edges to seal it. Poke 3 holes on top for ventilation. Repeat until you have your 8 pockets. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 20 minutes on the lower rack. Let cool before serving. The insides will be piping hot!
I like serving this with some HP Sauce for dipping and a green leaf lettuce on the side. Absolutely delicious!
Do you like Shepard’s Pie? Have you ever taken a family recipe and shaken it up a bit?