Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Shepherd's Pie wrapped in Bacon ~ Breathing New Life into Leftovers

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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!

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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...

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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!

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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!
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18 comments:

Bo said...

Jen maybe you should open a restaurant. You make the food look so good! I can't believe this is leftovers!

Santosh Bangar said...

looking tempting and attractive

Edible Art said...

wow, such a beautiful dish.
i have yet to try sheppards pie, and after seeing this, im adding it to the MUST TRY on my list.

and that is quite a mature pallet of food for the "menu"!

Pegasuslegend said...

fabulous photos and I could eat this everyday!

Clint said...

I ate shepherd's pie once and decided I prolly wouldn't ever do it again.

But....Just now looking at your presentation, I have decided I would certainly chow down on that! Beautiful photographs and very appealing dish.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

What a great way to use leftovers!! Looks great and your photos are wonderful!!

Jenn said...

LOL.. great story! When I played games, and had to be someone else, I was always Tiffany too. I think they have me on cassette tape saying I was Tiffany Newton-John!! LOL
Shepherd's pie wrapped in bacon? Yes, I'll have that...and a little more too..thanks!

Joanne said...

I think it's so much fun to play with presentation. It's amazing how a little garnish or some bacon wrapping can turn an everyday dish into something gourmet. THis shepherd's pie looks fabulous. My roommate just walked by and we drooled together for a few minutes.

Nuts about food said...

The moment of truth, almost like discovering Mr. Big's name!!! Hi Tiffany, nice to meet you! Funny, for some reason I thought you were a Julie or similar...weird, no? You have been making beautiful food lately. Love this idea for your leftovers, super fancy and I am sure delicious.
Fiona

Karen said...

Putting aside from the fact that I believe I could eat anything (and I really do think I mean ANYTHING) wrapped in bacon, this looks amazing! I'm glad "Tiffany" is still coming up with new ideas because this one is a winner!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

I just want you to know that you have officially trumped every recipe on earth with this beauty. Bacon wrapped shepherd's pie??? Genius. Right up there with the invention of deodorant and the padded bra. Please pour yourself an extra glass of something tonight.

laurie said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your photos!!!

Katerina said...

We enjoy our meals with all our senses and I agree with you a great presentation satisfies the eye and also predisposes positively the person who eats. Your pie must have been and looks very appetizing and hearty!

Mary said...

That looks like no other shepherd's pie I've seen. It really is gorgeous and you've created s silk purse for all of us to enjoy. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Jennifurla said...

Oh my, I love that it is all neat and pretty. I eat with my eyes quite frequently! Love it.

Simply Life said...

oh my gosh! this looks incredible!

Magic of Spice said...

Wonderful way to serve this classic comfort food, plus with my sons...
bacon is the key to everything :)

The Food Hound said...

You truly, truly shame me with your presentation. I am just not that good at it, but I try to blame it all on my lighting :) Shepherd's pie is such an awesome comfort food, and you've wrapped it in bacon. Is that even legal, Tiffany??