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Mini Cottage Pies

I decided to try something different.. Mini Cottage Pies. So what makes it different for me? Ground beef. I’m not exactly a ground beef connoisseur. But I gave it a shot 😉

I put chopped carrots into a saucepan, covered them with boiling water, and cooked for 5 minutes. I then added chopped potatoes and cooked for an additional 15 minutes.

While that was cooking, I heated olive oil in a skillet, and sautéed chopped onion and bell peppers for 3 to 4 minutes. I added crushed and chopped garlic and sautéed for 1 minute. I then added lean ground beef and sautéed until browned. I then lightly chopped the meat in a food processor for a few seconds to give it a smoother texture. I returned it to the pan, added fresh chopped parsley, tomato paste, and homemade chicken broth, and brought it to a boil, then covered and let simmer for about 5 minutes. When the potato and carrot were cooked, I strained and mashed them with milk and butter.

I spooned the meat into small ramekins, and topped with the mashed potato and carrot. I brushed them with a little beaten egg, then heated them through in an oven preheated to 350F, then under a preheated broiler until lightly golden.

Chicken and Apple Balls

I have never made meatballs, of any kind, before in my life.  So my first attempt was Chicken and Apple Balls, and they turned out pretty well.. if I do say so myself. 😉

I heated olive oil in a pan and sauted half an onion for about 3 minutes. Using my hands, I squeezed out a little of the excess liquid from my grated Granny Smith apple. I then mixed the apple with the chicken, my cooked and uncooked finely chopped onions, herbs – fresh parsley and fresh thyme, and whole wheat bread crumbs. I roughly chopped the mixture with a large knife (though you can put it through a food processor). I seasoned with a little pepper and salt.

I then formed little meatballs with my hands, rolled them in flour, and fried them in a shallow vegetable oil for about 5 minutes until lightly golden and cooked through. I let them cool slightly before serving. Yummy!

Soup Stock Day!!

After finishing the last of my stock from my freezer, making Carrot, Apple & Celery Soup last weekend… this weekend is officially soup stock making weekend!

On this morning’s agenda?! A huge batch of chicken stock! It’s currently simmering on my stove. Did I mention my house smells super yummy?! 😉 Just a few more hours and that will be done.

Then tomorrow… Vegetable stock day! 🙂

Oooohhhh…the endless possibilities for yummy soups!