Saturday, September 25, 2010

My Fake Shepherd Pie

I'm here to announce that I've failed to go on to the next Project Food Blogger challenge but it's fine with me. I am really proud of myself at least I've tried. Besides of that I'm truly HAPPY because I have a bunch of great friends and supporters around me. I think this is the greatest gift. These are the things that money can't buy! In return, I'm going to give everyone a good & comforting treat. haha...

It's my fake Shepherd pie! Why I called it a fake Shepherd pie? Shepherd pie is a classic English pie which is very rich in flavour and it must be cooked with either beef or lamb. I can imagine the aroma of those beefy and lamby smell that splash onto your face once you're digging in it. But as for a non-beef eater like me and my family, we will never be able to enjoy the real Shepherd pie. So, I make a fake one instead! haha....

And here's what I did.
Ingredients for base meat : (for 4 small pies)
300gm chicken thigh, minced
1 tspn chinese 5 spice
salt & pepper to taste
a dash of crashed black peppercorn
1 small can green beans
1 large onion, diced
3 tbsp red wine
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp flour
200ml chicken broth

Seasoning paste :
1 tspn curry powder
1/2 tspn turmeric powder
1/4 tspn cumin powder
1 tbsp water
(combine all to form a smooth paste)

Method :
(1) marinade minced chicken with salt & pepper, 5 spice and crashed black peppercorn.
(for about 1/2 hour)
(2) preheat frying pan with butter, saute diced onion untill fragrant.
(3) add in green beans and continue saute for about one minute.
(4) stir in seasoning paste and saute untill fragrant.
(5) add in marinated meat and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
(6) stir in red wine, tomato puree and a dash of Worcester sauce, simmer untill everything is well combined.
(7) add in chicken broth and let it simmer untill thicken.
(if you prefer juicier base, just reduce the simmering time)
(8) off the heat, then add in flour and mix well.
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Ingredients for potato topping :
500gm potatoes, cubed
100ml milk
50gm butter
a dash of salt

Method :
(1) boil potatoes untill soft & tender.
(2) off the heat, drained and mashed the potatoes while it's still hot.
(3) stir in butter & milk untill well mixed and smooth.
(4) place the mashed potatoes into piping bag.
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To Assemble :
(1) fill in ramekins with cooked chicken meat about 80% full.
(2) then cover the top with mashed potatoes.
(3) sprinkle a dash of Parmesan cheese and bake at 190'C for about 30mins or untill slightly brown.
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I know I don't have to use chicken meat in this recipe. I have other choices like turkey meat or duck meat but the thing is I don't buy a whole turkey or duck just to get the meat. One turkey will probably cost me about RM$100! You know what I mean! Our local market don't sell separate meats for duck and turkey.
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I have tried the common Shepherd pie recipe with chicken meat but that is not what I want. Chicken meat basically is very plain & less flavour compare to other meat. I want something strong! ^_^ So, I decided to use Chinese 5 spice and a little curry mixture in this recipe and not over powering the flavour at the same time.
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I think the colour looks perfect! It has much stronger flavour compare to other chicken Shepherd pie and it smell great as well. I am truly satisfied with the result. And hope whoever try this will like it too.
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Before ending this, I wonder have anyone of you came across anything Licorice ??? If you're interested in anything Licorice, you may enter here or here to check out the products. My dear friend, Andrea owns the store. She won 2009 Best Gourmet Grocery Store Award last year and I hope she will be able to win this year title as well. Wishing you all the best, Andrea! You will definitely have my VOTE, here.

47 comments:

smallkucing said...

yummy yummy...how i wish can have this for teatime. Now hungry already

jelena said...

you have done just fine. They made sheperd pie with lamb, because they raised lamb. We do not raise lamb for a living so this is a perfect version for a modern time with an Asian twist!

Katy ~ said...

Excellent re-interpretation of the shepherd's pie. This looks amazing! Well done.

Lyndsey said...

This looks amazing then when I read the ingredients...it is amazing. I can just imagine how good it smells and tastes. I think you did it just right to accomplish your goal...full of flavor!

You are still a winner in my eyes! I am proud of you. I know of some that didn't have the guts to even give it a try! Well done Kristy!

Von said...

I've always thought of Sheperd's pie as any pie with mashed potato on the top....haha =) This looks delicious though! And I love the way you piped the potato on the top!

Anncoo said...

I also made sheperd pie chicken on Christmas. Love your version :)

penny aka jeroxie said...

Hey! At least you tried :)

Priscilla said...

I think i like your fake sheperd pie better than the original one haha, it looks great!!

have a great day!
Priscilla

Fimère said...

salut ma chère
j'ai aimé ta version je la trouve excellente
bien présenté et surement délicieux
bonne journée

reanaclaire said...

shepherd pie... i only ate once before.. in secret recipe...

Mary said...

You are a winner in my book. This pie looks wonderful and I've bookmarked it for later use. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

My Little Space said...

smallkucing : You're lucky because you're staying in KL, lady! You have all kinds of food available there. No need to make your own. ^_^

Jelena : Ooo... so, you mean you're making this with chicken meat too all this while!

Katy : Thank you and glad to see you around. I'll visit you after this.

Lyndz : ^_^ ((hugs)) Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You've been very supportive along the way. Chat later!

Von : Hope you will like it too!

Ann : Thank you! Hey, wishing you the best of luck. Will vote for you again.

Penny : Thank you!

Priscilla : Hope you will like it!

Fimere : Merci, that's very kind of you to say that!

Claire : So, what do you think?

Thanks everyone for visiting and spending your weekend with me. I'm really appreciate it. Hope you're all having a fabulous weekend. Have fun!

Cheers, Kristy

Jeannie said...

Long time I didn't cook pies for the boys, you reminded me with your post lol! THanks and hv a wonderful weekend

Drick said...

whaaaaa, I'm mad when I don't get my way!!! I wanted you so badly to advance... great version of pie, hey, you can fake more recipes like this...

Belinda @zomppa said...

I totally think you should be at the next round - your s*** is awesome! Like this - what a great way to have a "lighter" Shepherd's pie, not to mention they're darn cute. You still got my vote.

the lacquer spoon said...

Your chicken pie looks much healthier than beef one. Yum and well done!!

elra said...

It looks delicious nonetheless !

Cooking Gallery said...

Your shepherd pie looks truly delicious...! Btw, I am so sorry you didn't go through the next round, you really should actually because your blog is so informative - but I guess in a competition like this having 'connections' is very important, if you don't have them, however good you are, it would be quite (maybe even very) hard to compete! Anyway, I just want to say that you have a great blog, Kristy, whether or not you pass that Foodbuzz round...:)!!

Claudia said...

Kristy - this is not fake at all - just deliciously re-imagined. Sorry you didn't advance - you're a winner here - you are filled with tasty amazements.

Pegasuslegend said...

First all this is awesome along with the rest of everything "I" have ever feasted my eyes on. Foodbuzz is driven by, not votes, but opinion of who can drive more traffic to make them money. I voted for you and I am sure everyone here that comments did as well, even if we dont comment all the time, so believe me, your a awesome blogger. Don't ever doubt that for a minute. Most cant hold a candle to what you've created. Its insulting not to make the second round but it was good experience...no worries just keep us happy with these great creations we all love you !!!!

Reeni said...

What a creative shepherds pie Kristy! I love the seasoning you used and so cute to make them look like cupcakes! xoxo

5 Star Foodie said...

A very creative take on Shepherd's pie! Love the spices you use here!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Sorry you didn't move on to the second round. You really deserved to move on...

I love individual pies, and your "fake" shepherd's pies look amazing! Love how you flavored the chicken! Great, beautiful dish.

Little Inbox said...

Your version is healthier for sure.

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

I LOVE your version Kristy! The touch of curry and spice would really give it a lift from the ordinary and the way you piped the potato is adorable!! :D

You were a winner before PFB and you will be a winner long after it's over :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

What a great version of shepherd's pie, its so much healthier than the regular one. Maybe its a shepherdess pie?
*kisses* HH

lena said...

Though you never make it to the next round, we are glad to know that you never frown, with all your creative and wonderful bakes, i want to let you know that you r just one super great!

Angie's Recipes said...

I have never made one shepherd's pie. Your version looks great with that swirled up mashed potato.

Cheers,
Angie

alison said...

great version with chicken,kristy,very flavored and so good looking!you have those pretty molds!very creative dish and decoration!
about round 1,it was just a little experience... you are gorgeous ,my dear,you always have a vote in my heart and in my mind!:)
i hope you know this!

tigerfish said...

It looks like some kind of sweet pastry dessert. Reading on, then I knew it was a savory pie. I love your take on this pie. Good idea.

Blackswan said...

Well, this fake Shepherd Pie definitely looks good to me :) Well done!

Elin said...

Kristy...so creative. Love this and thanks for sharing the recipe.
Have a great day and great cooking day :)

Angeline@安琪琳 said...

Kristy: Erm, i would like to make chicken pie, how can i replace it with the Campbell Mushroom soup with ur recipe here? any advice?

Chow and Chatter said...

so sorry you didn't get through love ya and this shepherds pie rocks

Peanutts said...

fake or not it still looks pretty good :)

My Little Space said...

Jeannie : Looking forward to your upcoming post! So, are you making chicken pot pie or shepherd pie? ^_^

Drick : Hahaha... Probably, yes! I will if I want to. Thanks again for your full support. That's very nice of you.

Belinda : NO worries, you better work out the 2nd PFB post quick! You know you'll have my vote. Good luck!

Spoon : Thank you! And nice to see you around. You haven't been blogging much lately!

Elra : Terima Kasih, kak!

Cooking Gallery : Yes, you're so right! I never tweet or fb! Too busy & tiring to do so. However, keeping in touch with everyone of you means a lot to me!

Claudia : Thank you so much for your support! ^_^

Claudia : I know what you mean! It's alright. And I hope you're fine as well.

Reeni : Thank you and good luck to you! Looking forward to your upcoming #2 challenge.

Natasha : Thank you and good luck to you too! Wishing you all the best.

Andrea : It's alright! I'm fine with it. Thank you so much for your support and glad that you like these little pies. =o)

Little Inbox : Thanks alot! Enjoy.

Denise : Oh my, are you trying to make me cry? haha.... Really, so kind of you to say that. <3 You're my superstar too!

HH : SHEPHERDESS PIE!!! What a great name for this. haha....

Lena : Thank you very much for your concern. That's very sweet of you.

Angie : Oh really! Then I wonder which versions you prefer after trying it!

Alison : Thank you so much and you're such a sweetheart.

Tigerfish : Haha... a little surprise huh! Well, that is what life is all about!

Shirley : Thank you!

Elin : Hey busy lady, thank you for spending your valueable time here... even just a few seconds! Really appreciate it.

Angeline : Hi there, thanks for stopping by. OK the answer is ~ omit the seasoning paste, wine, tomato paste, flour and chicken broth. Then follow method from (1) to (3) then stir in your readymade Campbell soup after that and add in about 50ml water. Let simmer for a couple of seconds untill you get the thickness you want. Off the heat and you're ready for the next step. Hope you get what you're asking for.
Note : the Campell soup itself already very flavourful so no need to add in extra flavouring.

Rebecca : Thank you!

Thank you everyone for your concern and thank you for spending your weekend with me as well. You're the greatest. Hope you're all having a fabulous day!

Cheers, Kristy ^_^

My Little Space said...

Jeannie : Looking forward to your upcoming post! So, are you making chicken pot pie or shepherd pie? ^_^

Drick : Hahaha... Probably, yes! I will if I want to. Thanks again for your full support. That's very nice of you.

Belinda : NO worries, you better work out the 2nd PFB post quick! You know you'll have my vote. Good luck!

Spoon : Thank you! And nice to see you around. You haven't been blogging much lately!

Elra : Terima Kasih, kak!

Cooking Gallery : Yes, you're so right! I never tweet or fb! Too busy & tiring to do so. However, keeping in touch with everyone of you means a lot to me!

Claudia : Thank you so much for your support! ^_^

Claudia : I know what you mean! It's alright. And I hope you're fine as well.

Reeni : Thank you and good luck to you! Looking forward to your upcoming #2 challenge.

Natasha : Thank you and good luck to you too! Wishing you all the best.

Andrea : It's alright! I'm fine with it. Thank you so much for your support and glad that you like these little pies. =o)

Little Inbox : Thanks alot! Enjoy.

Denise : Oh my, are you trying to make me cry? haha.... Really, so kind of you to say that. <3 You're my superstar too!

HH : SHEPHERDESS PIE!!! What a great name for this. haha....

Lena : Thank you very much for your concern. That's very sweet of you.

Angie : Oh really! Then I wonder which versions you prefer after trying it!

Alison : Thank you so much and you're such a sweetheart.

Tigerfish : Haha... a little surprise huh! Well, that is what life is all about!

Shirley : Thank you!

Elin : Hey busy lady, thank you for spending your valueable time here... even just a few seconds! Really appreciate it.

Angeline : Hi there, thanks for stopping by. OK the answer is ~ omit the seasoning paste, wine, tomato paste, flour and chicken broth. Then follow method from (1) to (3) then stir in your readymade Campbell soup after that and add in about 50ml water. Let simmer for a couple of seconds untill you get the thickness you want. Off the heat and you're ready for the next step. Hope you get what you're asking for.
Note : the Campell soup itself already very flavourful so no need to add in extra flavouring.

Rebecca : Thank you!

Thank you everyone for your concern and thank you for spending your weekend with me as well. You're the greatest. Hope you're all having a fabulous day!

Cheers, Kristy ^_^

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Kristy, so sorry to hear that you are not able to go into next round :(. Anyway you will have my support always. This sheperd pie looks so cute and tasty.

MaryMoh said...

Beautiful shepherd pie. I would love it with chicken. You make it look like an ice cream cone...haha. Love it. Hope you have a lovely day.

My Little Space said...

Jess : It's fine! I'm not sad at all but glad that I saw people coming in to support me! I'm so thrilled and touched. And thank you for your support as well. You're the greatest.

MaryMoh : Haha... yeah, some of them thought this is a dessert or what! haha...

Thanks ladies for your visit and hope you're all having a wonderful day.

Blessings, Kristy

A Little Yumminess said...

I love your fake shepard's pies!

Foodessa said...

Kristy...the word fail should never be spoken...especially when you put your heart into great food preparation.

Your cuties look wonderfully appetizing...mmmm...I getting real hungry.

Flavourful wishes,
Claudi

Abbey said...

I love shepherds pie! and yours is adorable!

Barbara Bakes said...

I think that's the cutest shepherds pie I've ever seen.

cherry potato said...

Yummy yummy!! Kristy, this is great!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I love the way you've eloquently topped the pies. Very well presented!

Ian Low said...

hi! Really like yr blog :)  greAt recipes and wonderful pics to go along

Keep cookin n blogging!

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