Polenta Shepherds Pie

Hey tonight for dinner I made "Polenta Shepherds Pie". It was so delicious... creamy, hearty, warm, spicy, and juicy. Well, everyone says "good things sometimes come out of bad mistakes"... well it's true, we ran out of potatoes and I was getting worried but then I decided to make some polenta and top it off with that instead of the mashed potatoes. SOOOOOOO good!!!!!

IN:
1 lb ground lamb, beef, or turkey - i used beef chuck
1/2 cup frozen or fresh sweet peas
1/2 cup frozen or fresh sweet corn
1/2 cup baby carrots- cut into small rounds
1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper
drizzle olive oil
2 cloves garlic- smashed
1/4 tsp. nutmeg, mustard seed, paprika - each
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 tbs. worcestershire sauce

How:
In a sauce pan, over medium heat, mix everything but the meat together. After the liquids are reduced down a little... about 5 minutes... add the meat in and stir. Separate each piece of meat and cook on simmer until all meat is brownish- gray and not pink. About 10 minutes. Set aside.


Polenta:
1 cup yellow corn meal
3 cups water
1 tsp. paprika
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbs. flour

How:
Strain the corn meal and flour until smooth in a small bowl. Boil the water and lots of salt and some pepper. Mix some salt and pepper and paprika with the mixture. Once water is brought to a boil turn down to a simmer and add the corn meal mix in. Whisk immediately and don't stop until all is incorporated and there are little or none lumps. It is okay if there are... it will melt away in the oven later. Set aside.


Prepare It: Pre-heat the oven to 350º
Place the meat mixture in a pie pan or a casserole/ lasagna dish. Spread and pour polenta on top. Even out. Sprinkle some black lava salt and paprika on top. Also a drizzle of olive oil to make it crispy and golden brown. Cook for 30 minutes and cover with foil for another 30 minutes. Let cool and enjoy.




Comments

Panos said…
This sounds great...be back with a review very soon

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