First, let me assure anyone who's reading... when we ate this Shepherd's Pie for dinner last night...it was spooned out of its casserole dish (in heaping portions) directly into shallow porcelain bowls and served along side a HUGE loaf of buttered crispy bread!
A classic Shepherd's Pie dinner...comfort food at its finest!
Now...that being said...let me explain all the "presentation and plating" I have been doing on my blog...because honestly...even I got to wondering what I was doing???
It makes sense. When I was a little girl - my make believe game of choice was - restaurant. "Tiffany's by the Bay" was the name of my establishment and I (you guessed it) was Tiffany.
Tiffany would write up menus, set tables and force her friends to play along. The windows running the perimeter of her parent's house served as the, "drive-thru" where "patrons" could ride their bikes up to the glass and order any one of Tiffany's gourmet delights!
Crab Cakes, Grilled Ham and Cheese and Cold Lobster Salad were just a few of the menu items "Tiffany's by the Bay" had to offer...
Today...I am all grown up...but still..."playing restaurant."
I continue to dream of "Tiffany"...the beautiful and ultra successful seaside cafe owner/restaurateur ~ who experiments with her food and whose specialty is redefining and breathing new life into leftovers!
Like Tiffany....I believe whether it's Shepherd's Pie piled onto a plate with nothing more than a fork and a beer...or ...leftover Shepherd's Pie cut into contrived circles and snugly wrapped with par cooked bacon then reheated 'til it's warm...
...the food we eat and serve our family...should not only taste delicious ...but LOOK delicious too!
I threw this Shepherd's Pie together using - 2 lbs. ground beef, tomato sauce, frozen corn and peas and leftover mashed potatoes. I also felt the need (last minute) to cover the Shepherd's Pie with cheese. Here's a recipe for Shepherd's Pie I found on epicurious.com that looks wonderful and receives outstanding reviews!
Below, are the steps I took to reinvent Shepherd's Pie Day Two - enjoy!
Leftover Shepherd's Pie wrapped in Bacon
Cut the Shepherd's Pie (while cold) into circles.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Par cook long bacon slices until cooked - but not crispy.
Wrap the bacon slices (about 3-4 per circle) around the Shepherd's Pie circles and secure the bacon with a few wooden toothpicks.
Heat Shepherd's Pie circles up about 12 minutes or until hot.
Remove the toothpicks and serve!