Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What We Ate, Vol. 1

Every time I talk about what I'm making for dinner on the Facebooks, someone asks me for the recipe. 
So, I guess we'll be setting up a new segment of this blog!  

Most of the time I am altering a recipe that I found elsewhere on the internet. I will absolutely make sure to give credit where credit is due when I'm posting, but I will be making change to the original recipes. 

Debuting for the first time ever in Internet History.....

What We Ate!

Tonight we had Shepherd's Pie.  This recipe calls for a enormous amount of ground beef. It also does not call for a whole lot seasoning. So, my alterations are reflected that a bit. 

So, here we go! 

6 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
Small onion, chopped (I left this out due to allergies, but it would really add a lot of flavor!)
2 teaspoon toasted onion powder 
2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 egg, beaten
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
16 ounce package frozen green beans
2 sixteen ounce package frozen cauliflower
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 cup sour cream 
Salt and pepper to taste

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 

1) Brown ground beef and onion, seasoning liberally with salt and pepper as you go. 
2) Remove from heat and drain. 
3) Mix together beef, onion, 1 cup of cheese, bacon, eggs, onion powder and garlic powder. Spread into the bottom of a 9x9 pan. 
4) Cook green beans. Melt 1 tbsp of butter into the beans and layer them on top of the beef mixture. Salt and pepper.  Really! Don't forget to add some salt and pepper. This is a pretty bland recipe without some seasoning. 
5) Cook both bags of cauliflower until very soft. 

Here is the trick to make this into "potatoes"- GET RID OF THE WATER! I drain the water out of my pan, dump all of the cauliflower into a tea towel, put it in a colander  and press the water out with my hands. But YMMV. You want it get quite a bit of the water out, but you'll have to experiment to get the consistency that you like best.

Blend 3 tbsp butter, sour cream, and cauliflower in a mixer/food processor/giant bowl with a potato masher. You want to get it pretty smooth and creamy. I like a few lumps in mine, but I think it's probably the same as with mashed potatoes. Some folks like the lumps and some folks just want smooth sailing.
6) Press and spread the cauliflower over the green beans. 

7) Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. 

8) Bake for 35 minutes until all bubbly and brown and delicious looking. 

Makes 8 Servings

Nutritional Info
Calories -- 494
Fat -- 38g
Protein -- 25g
Carbohydrate -- 9
Fiber -- 3
Net Carbs -- 6

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