Shepherd’s pie for Boxing Day
December 24, 2013 8:12AM
Ham Shepherd’s Pie
1 pound baked ham, cubed
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
3/4 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups prepared or frozen vegetables
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 cups mashed potatoes
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a cast-iron skillet or large saute pan over medium heat, melt butter then saute ham, garlic, and onion.
Add sage, mustard, and flour; stir until combined. Add 3/4 cup chicken stock and your leftover vegetables. Cook until liquid has thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon ham mixture into a 2-quart baking dish.
In a bowl, beat egg into mashed potatoes then spread over ham. Use a fork to create peaks in the potatoes.
Place dish on a baking sheet, and bake until potatoes are lightly browned, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.
Updated: January 26, 2014 6:16AM
On the second day of Christmas, make your true love a shepherd’s pie.
In classic British fashion, celebrate Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, with some leftover holiday goodies. Traditional British cuisine features heavy and rich foods — the perfect ingredients to supplement the bitter December cold.
If you’re preparing a classic Christmas dinner today, chances are that you’ll have a glazed ham — and plenty of leftovers for the next day. The Brits prepare their shepherd’s pie with lamb or beef, which are common main courses at Christmas dinner; so to compensate for the American leftovers, this version showcases your leftover, glazed Christmas ham. In fact, it showcases whatever leftovers you have, including the vegetables.
A shepherd’s pie, or cottage pie, displays a mashed potato crust that is firm and crunchy when baked, but when cracked with a fork, the creamy mashed potatoes ooze out and mingle with the meat filling. Here, they complement a mix of cubed ham, sage and leftover vegetables. Because of the inclusion of prepared ingredients, this recipe is a quick one to whip up.
If vegetables weren’t on your Christmas Day menu, then work in your favorite cooked or frozen blends. Peas, mushrooms and leeks taste delicious with baked ham and keep the flavors light and fresh.
One advantage of preparing a Shepherd’s pie on Boxing Day is the ease. The recipe is straightforward and quick. No one wants to slave in the kitchen after days of preparing intricate holiday dishes. But they do want a delicious meal that draws out the festive and tasty dishes of the holiday season.
Whip up this dish tomorrow, when the strain and toils of the holiday season come to a close but the glamor and essence is still there.