Recipe Sunday – Potato and Beef Pie

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Its been a minute since we’ve had a Recipe Sunday. For those of you new to the PBS place to be, Recipe Sunday is when I share a fun recipe with you on you guessed it…Sundays. Not just any recipe, but recipes that are specifically designed to be simple for those who are not experts in the kitchen. Cooking is an area I’m not very excited about but I love getting creative and that means recipes. They put me in a cooking mood and give me the motivation I need to get going. After all, I do have a family to feed. Meal preparation is not just important, it is one of the skills I don’t think is taught enough these days.

So anyway, last week I was searching around the house for something to cook. But I was in the mood for something creative. I decided to take regular household foods we often always have in bulk, and try to see what I could do with them. This is good practice for lean days. If for whatever reason a catastrophe ensues, are you capable of creating a meal from the seemingly little things?

I grabbed:

Potatoes, Nacho Cheese, Ground Beef, Pancake Mix, Butter, and Tony Chacheres Creole Seasoning (while your at it, go ahead and chop up some Onions and Bell Pepper).

 
What a wide range of stuff huh? What exactly did I make?

 
I call it: Potato and Beef Pie

 
1. In a skillet, season and begin cooking the ground beef.

 
2. While the ground beef is cooking, cut your potatoes into squares, set aside.

 
3. Next, lubricate a baking dish with the butter. Make sure it covers the entire pan on all sides.

 
4. Your ground beef should be done now. Make sure it’s well done. Set Aside.

 
5. Make a pancake batter. (Make sure to add an egg or two). Be sure that it’s a thin mixture. If it’s too thick, add more water or milk but make sure it’s nice and thin.

 
6. Coat the baking dish with the batter. This is your crust. Using pancake mix adds a better flavor to me than regular flour. Plus, this is supposed to be a recipe made up of random foods around the house.

 
7. Heat the Nacho cheese so that it’s nice and smooth

 
8. Layer the dish: Add Ground Beef, Onions and Bell Peppers, Nacho Cheese, and Potatoes

 
9. With the leftover Pancake Batter (you may have to make more), coat the entire dish with the batter. This is your top crust.

 
10. Place this dish in the oven and bake uncovered at 350 degrees F. for one hour.

 
Regrettably, I did not take pictures so I cannot show you the end result. But when you take it out of the oven it should be a nice golden brown with delicious goodies tucked on the inside. You should be able to slice into squares or triangles or whatever shape and eat like a pie. The cheese provides just enough moisture for it not to be dry and the beef provides just enough meat to be filling. It was delicious.

 
This is an easy and efficient meal that even the kids will love. A vegetarian version can be made also. Just substitute the ground beef with ground Mung Bean, a good meat substitute.

Chicken and Potato Casserole

If there is one meal most appropriate and easy to make during the winter, it’s casseroles. I especially like them for those days when you’ve either had a late night or the times are hard, and you need to throw together a quick meal. Either way casseroles are a great idea to compliment your time and your appetite.

So today we’re making a Chicken and Potato Casserole.

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You will need:

 
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
Medium Russet or Idaho Potatoes
Frozen Mixed Vegetables
Shredded Cheese
Olive Oil
Garlic Powder

 
This is gonna seem a little backwards compared to how most do it, but I’m an overtly paranoid “Must Be Well Done Or Else” kinda cook so I bake my chicken first actually before cutting them into pieces.
So set your ovens to 350 F and let your chicken cook. After it is done (make sure it’s not dried out though), slice the chicken into 1 inch pieces

 
*clearing throat* > in real life I don’t do much measuring. What I really wanna say is to just cut them into small pieces, but I don’t want the experts to get lost 🙂

 

Cut your potatoes into 1 inch pieces as well (for those of you who really don’t know how to cook or your on a low budget, just use frozen potato wedges. The world will never know).

 
Grease your roasting pan or baking pan of choice with some spray oil.

 
Spread the diced chicken, frozen veggies, and potatoes evenly on the baking pan.

 
In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Pour mixture over the chicken, veggies, and potatoes; make sure to coat everything nice and evenly.

 
Bake uncovered for about 45 minutes. Since the chicken is already cooked it’s not going to take that long, but if your chicken is cooking with everything else, bake uncovered for about 50 minutes – 1 hour.

 
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake again for another 5 minutes so the cheese can melt.

 
Remove from the oven and smash the game < code for devour.