Another slow news week on the farming front. Though we do have an excellent reason.
CHRISTMAS, of course :)
|This year's tree, pre cutting.|
As you can see, we're big Charlie Brown fans.
|and this masterpiece.|
|Also this delicious use for leftover mashed potatoes.|
It featured many of the goodies that are included
in this week's share.
The kohlrabi has (like everything in the share) been in storage since November. The outside looks a bit shriveled, but the inside is still good enough to enjoy raw with a sprinkle of salt and lime juice.
Sweet mama squash is the first of the real keeper squash to show up in the shares this winter. This one doesn't reach its most delicious until it has been in storage for a few months. Which means now. Sweet mama is dense and sweet, a good squash to cube and cook in a soup, stew, or casserole.
The dry beans are finally making an appearance this week! Most members will receive marfax, which are a baking bean. You don't need to bake them, but the beans have the familiar flavor of baking type beans. I like to cook them on the stove (after soaking) with a maple syrup and chopped carrots. They have the sweetness of baked beans without the fuss. If you have a bit of bacon to brown in the pan before you cook them (and then crumble on top when the beans are done) so much the better.
Now it's time to explain the title of the post. You know shepherds pie, made with lamb? The recipe for this week is basically a shepherds pie, except that it is made with venison. Normally that would be called a hunters pie or simply a shepherds pie by people who don't feel the need to rename a recipe just because they changed the type of meat in it (those people are crazy). However, our freezer is full of venison that we accidentally hunted, with our van, which is a Dodge Ram. So this pie is a deer rammers pie. And now you know.
Of course, you can use whatever meat you'd like to in this recipe. Just be sure to rename it accordingly.
Deer Rammers Pie
- About 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes (we always put cream cheese in our mashed potatoes--you should try it)
- olive oil
- 1 pound ground venison or other meat of your choosing
- 1 onion, diced
- Two cups root vegetables such as carrots, rutabaga, or kohlrabi, chopped into bite size pieces
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 2 tablespoons milk
- salt and pepper to taste
Heat a little bit of olive oil in a cast iron skillet (or other over proof skillet) over low/medium heat.
Add the onion, ground meat, and root vegetables. Cook, stirring frequently, until the meat is just browned.
|Don't eat it yet. It gets better.|
Remove the skillet from the heat and spread the still cold mashed potatoes over the top of the meat, like you're frosting a layer cake.
Bake at 350 degrees for thirty minutes. Broil for an additional five minutes (or so--always watch closely when you are broiling to avoid burning) for a golden brown crust.