Swineherd’s Pie

Day four of the great Atlanta snow in. The fridge scavenger hunt continues…

The Swineherd's Pie fresh out of the oven

Objective: quick dinner after a long day of work
Found: a frozen clump of sweet Italian sausage, shallots, five red potatoes, a few squashes, shredded cheddar

Squash
I can’t call the concoction below a Shepherd’s Pie, because according to Wikipedia, it usually involves lamb, mutton or at least some beef. Sweet Italian sausage is pork, nice, already seasoned minced pork. So the appropriate name here would be Swineherd’s Pie.Italian Sausage sauteed with shallots

After some 20 minutes of preparation, the pie goes in the oven for about 30 minutes, and we are all set. Happy Thursday, everyone!

Layered Squash

Swineherd’s Pie

  • 5 red potatoes with skin, diced
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 3 large shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 lbs sweet Italian sausage
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 medium crookneck yellow squash
  • thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper
  • a handful of shredded cheddar

Boil potatoes with a bit of salt and a sprig of rosemary until soft enough for mashing. Discard rosemary and drain all but a little bit of cooking water.

Meanwhile, heat your grease in an oven proof skillet over medium heat. Saute shallots until very fragrant and golden. Add sausage, break it into small chunks with a wooden spoon and mix well with onions. Add a few sprigs of thyme and continue cooking for about 10 minutes. Remove and discard thyme.

If your skillet isn’t oven proof, transfer the sausage into a casserole dish at this point.

Slice squash about 1/4 inch thick, and layer in concentric circles over sausage. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Mash potatoes, add a few bits of butter, salt and pepper to taste, and cheddar cheese. Stir well until creamy.

Spread potatoes evenly over squash. Using a fork, scratch the surface in a nice pattern.

Bake in middle of the oven heated to 400ºF for about 30-35 minutes, until potatoes are nicely browned.

Sprinkle with chopped herbs of choice and serve hot.

Swineherd's Pie before going into the oven

A slice of Swineherd's Pie

Feast is over

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Categories: Baking, Dinner, Leftovers, Main Courses, Pies, Scavenger Hunt, Squash

Author:Eat Already!

I am a cooking and writing addict born and raised in a cosmopolitan city on the Black Sea coast. Currently my interests include, but not limited to gardening, traditional nutrition, raw milk, fermentation techniques, books by Sitchin, Weston A. Price ideas, artisan bread making, anything handcraft, and many other, quite random, things. I believe in making things from scratch, in unpretentious dishes, visually un-altered food esthetics. I believe in reporting on daily cooking endeavors, not just on special occasion dishes. I believe everyone should learn how to cook at home because it's a great way to connect with your loved ones without saying too much, with your heritage without becoming an archivist, and with the world without learning languages...

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