Last night we enjoyed pie….
Not your regular pie. A Shepherd’s Pie, as we call it. I wanted to make something that represented the Shepherds on the day of the birth of Christ. These were lowly men in some people’s eyes yet honoured through God, to see the birth of His son. Before I came to Christ I was lowly too. What a wonderful God we serve!
Shepherd’s Pie came to be known as that around 1877 when they used meat such as mutton and lamb. But, it originally was for the poor when potatoes were introduced as a food staple in 1791. Then, it was called Cottage Pie.
Below I will show you how I feed my hungry crew of 7. This includes 4 boys, 1 man and two ladies 😀
My Shepherds pie uses venison because my husband hunts and is a cheap means of meat for us. Plus, it is super lean and natural to eat–Which would have been similar to the foods resourced for back then, and it stays true to being a cheap meal today!
Cooking Venison is cheap for us and may not be for others…
Use whatever you have available. However, if you use fattier meat. Omit the oil later and drain some of that fat out!
Gather the amount of potatoes you will need. I need a lot.
Peel potatoes. If you are like my mom and still use the old-fashioned knife…then, you probably still have all your potatoes–and you wouldn’t have accidentally dropped two in the garbage while peeling them, like I did!
Chop into Bite-sized pieces! This cooks faster.
Drain the dirty Potato water.
Add clean water to your clean potatoes!
Add salt to your potatoes. This is my little secret! Bring them to a boil and let them continue boiling at Medium heat as to not over cook them. You want them soft and falling apart but, not absorbing too much water!
Add oil to your venison! About 2 tablespoons and start cooking on Medium/High heat.
Gather 2 small onions and garlic cloves. I used about 5 cloves.
Chop into small pieces and mince garlic if you don’t have a garlic press.
Gather spices that you would like to use.
I chose these to enhance the natural taste of venison and give it more of an authentic taste. I have:
Organic Better than Bouillon (I LOVE this stuff) 1 HEAPING Tablespoon.
2 Bay leaves
1/3 Cup of Rogers or Organic White Flour
2 Cups of water
Seasoning Salt of your choice
Marjoram (1 Tablespoon)
Sage (1 Tablespoon)
*We love herbs and spices 😀
Add ingredients–except water, bouillon, and flour, to pot of cooking meat
(when it is about half way done cooking)
Whisk water, bouillon and flour together.
Add to meat, stir and cook a little more.
Take out Bay leaves, they are not edible!
Drain Potatoes when done–that is when it is soft and mashes easily.
Get some Organic frozen corn or another veggie you want to use. Layer on top of the cooked meat.
Gather the Ingredients for making your potatoes.
You will need; butter, salt (to taste..use enough…) and cream
I like using half and half cream or full cream. I know, I am such a rebel!
Use 1/2 Cup of cream and 1/4 Cup of butter.
Whisk/Blend all into potatoes until very smooth.
Spread potatoes evenly on top of corn layer. Sprinkle some paprika and marjoram on top for added appearance and flavour.
Have oven pre-heated at 400 degrees.
Place your pie into the oven!
Set timer for 18 minutes.
Now it is time to clean up the mess of making your wonderful Pie. 18 minutes should be enough!
I had two minutes left and…
got it all done 😀
Take out your wonderful and nummy Dinner!
If you are Canadian, you will want it with Ketchup. However, my kids have eaten all the ketchup which is perfect for me because I love it, just, as is.
Luke 2:13-20 from Bible Gateway
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”[c]
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely[d] known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.”
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