SHARING COMFORT FOOD WITH ALLIANCE BILLIARDS
Georgia Makrygiannis of Alliance Billiards took time out to share a recipe with us. Knowing that this time of year is all about comfort food, Georgia has given us Shepherd’s Pie. Not only is this comfort food, but it’s inexpensive and great for using up leftovers.
Being of Greek heritage, Georgia tells us that “Comfort food should be a way of life, a taste of home and fill your soul with memories.”
In Greek culture that might be Moussaka (Eggplant with ground beef casserole), Pastitsio (Greek lasagna) or Fasolada (Bean soup).
As Canadians our choices of comfort food vary as much as our heritage does. What do you think of as comfort food? I think of hearty soups, a filling stew or lasagna – all served with fresh, hot crusty bread!
The best part of Georgia’s kitchen at Alliance Billiards is that alongside the usual “Pub Grub”, she offers family sized trays of incredibly good comfort food!
On that menu we find trays of Cabbage Rolls, Stuffed Peppers, Greek Meatballs, Lemon Chicken with potatoes and more.
It’s the perfect time right now to order a tray or two! Call and order one for dinner and one for the freezer. What could be easier? I’ll tell you what could be easier – the prices at Alliance Billiards are extremely good – and…they offer free delivery!
GEORGIA’S SHEPHERD’S PIE
Mashed Potato Topping
2 lbs. potatoes cubed
4 tbsp. butter
¼ cup sour cream
¼ to ½ c. milk
Salt and pepper
- Peel and dice the potatoes. Cook until for tender, about 10-15 minutes.
- Drain well then return to the hot pot to rest one minute allowing any remaining liquid to evaporate.
- Add butter, sour cream, milk, salt and pepper. Mash the potatoes and then stir until all ingredients are well combined.
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 small onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
2 cups frozen peas, carrots and corn medley
2 tbsp. flour
½ cup beef broth
1 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. rosemary
½ tsp. thyme
1 bay leaf
- Sauté chopped onion in large frying pan with oil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add ground beef and break it apart with a wooden spoon.
- Add herbs and seasonings. Stir well. Cook 6-8 minutes until meat is browned stirring occasionally.
- Add Worcestershire sauce and minced garlic. Stir to combine. Cook one minute.
- Add the flour and tomato paste, stir until well incorporated. Add broth and stir gently to combine.
- Add frozen vegetables. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer. Simmer 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Remove Bay leaf.
- Set mixture aside.
Assemble the Casserole
- Pour the meat mixture into a 9” x 9” baking dish. Spread it out evenly. Spoon the mashed potato mixture on top of the meat filling. Carefully spread evenly.
- If the baking dish looks very full, place it on a rimmed baking sheet to prevent oven clean up. Bake uncovered 25 – 30 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving