Monday, November 16, 2015

Colony Pie

In just a few days most of the tables in north America will be laden with more than enough food to feed an army. The centerpiece will be an overly large turkey. This means turkey left overs for a week! Well slave wanted to invent some new ideas for using that up. Thus “Colony Pie” was created. Based on the old English Shepard's Pie, this uses our favorite bird and wont taste like the remains of yesterday's feast at all. The secret is cutting up the turkey into bite sized pieces for this. Don't cut it all up. You still need to be able to fix midnight sandwiches!

Making mashed sweet potatoes is not hard at all. In fact it makes a great side dish for the main meal. Just please, don't try to make it into candy. The potato has a wonderful taste that is so often drowned out. In this case spare the sugar and it wont spoil the dessert!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, (5) peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • ½ stick butter
  • 2 oz. no-fat half & Half
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning

Do your cutting. Scrub and peel the potatoes, then cover with damp paper towel.

Cut into 1 – 2 inch pieces and put in the pot of salted water.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat to just a simmer for 20 minutes. Drain.

In a medium bowl mix the sugars and seasonings. Cut butter into ½ inch pats and microwave for about 20 sec. To melt it into a dark sweet mixture.

When potatoes are done, put into a large bowl add the sugar mixture and the 2oz half & half. With a potato masher mash it up until smooth.
This makes a great dinner side dish just like it is. Set it aside for now.

Take out and cut up about 2 cups of white & dark meat turkey.
Thaw out a package of mixed vegetables. Open a can or bottle of turkey gravy and you are ready to begin.
Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a 9 x 13 baking dish.

(Since our turkey is not cooked yet, slave used turkey breast medallions to create this dish)

Heat oil and 2 tbs of butter in a skillet on medium heat. Stir in the turkey to heat and slightly brown the meat. Remove with a slotted spoon. Add another tbs of butter if needed. Add 2 tsp of cake flour. Stir and let cook for about 5 -7 minutes. Let it turn a light brown. Add the turkey gravy and stir that in with another 2 oz of half & half or milk. Let this cook and thicken, about 5 minutes.
Return the turkey to the gravy and add the thawed mixed vegetables. Let this simmer and thicken more another couple of minutes.
Pour this mixture into the sprayed dish and level it out.
Spoon the mashed sweet potatoes on top and smooth with a spatula. Sprinkle with dried cranberries.

Bake in the 350 oven for 35 to 40 minutes. This will be a great surprise and a wonderful new take on the traditional ingredients.

Here's some music for fixing our meal tonight:

Serving my Master

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

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