Tuesday, November 16, 2010

a whole lOTTa shepherds pie

This past weekend I got together with some of my blogging buddies for a giant FREEZE-O-RAMA. 
12 Bloggers
12 Recipes
6 Hours
1 Kitchen
No Mercy
That's Right!  Twelve bloggers each brought a recipe and all the ingredients needed to make it as well as all their pots, pans, spoons and spatulas into one kitchen and for 6 hours baked up a storm.  Each person made their recipe 12 times and put them in a disposable freezer container to trade with the others to be taken back to their homes and frozen.  These freezer meals could then be thawed and cooked at a later date. 

Since my family raises sheep I decided to make Shepherds Pie with lamb from our freezer. It was my hope that this would be a great way for some people to try lamb for the first time or try a new way to prepare lamb. I got this recipe from my brother (of all places) when he returned from Ireland after studying abroad.

Now I cook a lot, but normally that is for 2 people, so I'm not used to buying food in bulk, or making large quantities at a time.  My trip to the grocery store resulted in 4 pounds of mushrooms, 5 pounds of carrots and 15 pounds of potatoes.  I'm also used to spreading out when I cook because I have a lot of counter space in my red kitchen at home, so sharing counter space, stove tops and a strainer was a bit of a challenge for me at times.  But the farm girl in me recognized the task at hand and pulled back her hair, pushed up her sleeves and settled in to slaving over a hot stove for the afternoon.

Here is the recipe for how I make my Shepherds Pie.  You can make this with either lamb burger or hamburger and can click on this card and print off your own recipe. 
I started with chopping my vegetables.  And then browned my lamb burger and onions.

 Next I mixed up my pie filling and added the Burger and onions to it.  I then let it simmer for 20 minutes.
 Then I prepared my freezer pans by spraying them with cooking spray and ladeling in the shepherds pie.
 I then topped it with mashed potatoes and sprinkled cheese on top.
 To prepare my meal for the freeze I put press and seal wrap down on top of my shepherds pie to keep air for getting to my food.
 I then wrapped aluminum foil on top and labeled it as to what it was.  Now it is ready to be put in the freezer.  When you are ready to eat simply take it out of the freezer and allow it to thaw for about 24 hours.  Then take the press and seal wrap off and stick in the over for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
At the end of the day I had prepared all 12 meals and I was exhausted.  But I had a great time cooking with my blogging buddies and have a freezer full of meals to try and recipes to make them again for myself.  Be sure to stop by Cris's blog to see what the others made and more pictures of the fun times we had.

This post was linked to:  Hunk of Meat MondaysTasty Tuesday Beauty and Bedlam, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace, Tuesday at the Table with All the Small Stuff,  Hearth N' Soul with the Girl Chef, Delicious Dish at It's a Blog Party, Anything Related Tuesday at All Thingz Related.


Heather @ 3 kids and lots of pigs said...

I so can't wait to try my shepherd's pie. You deserve an award for making up some mashed potatoes for all of us.

siteseer said...

what a great idea. I do that for myself, but then end up with 24 pasties or 12 meals for the two of us. With lasagna I make a couple of pans full etc. But to have 12 different meals is great.

BigD said...

The family was glad to have one of our favorites from the Freeze-O-Rama. I'm curious to see if they notice the difference with lamb instead of beef.

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

I love lamb... and your shepherd's pie looks phenomenal. What a great idea for Freeze-O-Rama! I think I may try to get a group together to do that once we're set up in my new house!

Hope you'll swing by the CSN Giveaway I'm hosting this week and enter :)

Stacie said...

Great idea and great stress reliever to open up that freezer and see dinner done!

Aurelia said...

I love shepherd's pie and this is definitely the right season for it! Pure comfort food :)

Christy said...

What a great idea - I would love to have a freeze-o-rama with my sisters! I bet the shepherds pie will be a great hit with the other families! It sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing this with the Hearth and Soul Hop!