One of the newest vendors at the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market is Jane from The Handmade Pantry. Jane makes awesome seasoning mixes, salad dressing mixes, granolas, and more. These are made without weird chemicals that big food companies often put in their convenience foods. No MSG here! I used the Taco Seasoning mix to make my take on Shepherd's Pie. Yum!
Southwestern Shepherd's Pie
4 ounces chopped cooked steak, or chicken, or leftover taco meat
2 tsp Taco Seasoning Mix from The Handmade Pantry
½ cup diced carrots
¼ cup diced parsnips
2 cloves minced garlic
2 chopped green onions
1 tblsp butter
¼ cup diced red bell pepper
6 diced crimini mushrooms
1 tblsp butter
1 tblsp flour
½ cup milk
1 ½ tsp Taco Seasoning Mix from The Handmade Pantry
¼ cup mashed potatoes
additional milk (if needed)
sprinkling of Taco Seasoning Mix from The Handmade Pantry
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop up steak (or use cooked chicken, or leftover cooked taco meat). Sprinkle a bit of Taco Seasoning Mix onto meat and toss to coat. Put meat into two separate 6 oz size ramekins. Cook carrots, parsnips, garlic, and green onions in 1 tblsp butter over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add red bell pepper and crimini mushrooms to veggie mixture. Cook for another 2 minutes. Top meat with veggie mixture. In a small pan, melt 1 tblsp butter. Sprinkle flour over the butter and stir, cooking for about 1 to 2 minutes. Add milk and 1 ½ tsp Taco Seasoning Mix to the butter and flour. Whisk over medium heat until the sauce is thick and smooth. Top veggie mixture with sauce. Spread mashed potatoes (diluted with a bit of milk if necessary) over the top of each ramekin and then brush the tops of the potatoes with melted butter. Sprinkle a bit more Taco Seasoning Mix over each ramekin. Place in oven and cook for about 15 minutes, until mashed potatoes are golden and pies are hot. Serves 2.
I made mine in heart shaped ramekins for me and Mr. Cricket. Awww, true love!