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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:43 pm 
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Well, St. Patrick's Day is less that a week away. I usually go out looking for my traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage...yum!

I did eat some Bangers and Mash at a local Irish pub recently...nothing to write home about.

Maybe this year, I will get the Shepherd's pie or better yet, make it myself Greek style (with lamb). My lastest issue of Bon Appétit had this recipe that sounded wonderful...anything with eggplant is wonderful!

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Lamb and Eggplant Shepherd's PieBon Appétit | March 2009
by Jeanne Thiel Kelley

This Greek-inspired shepherd's pie is made with lamb, eggplant, and oregano. The mashed potato topping gets its Greek flavor from kasseri cheese, a hard, salty cheese. If you can't find kasseri cheese, use Pecorino Romano instead. Finish the dish with a sprinkling of chopped fresh oregano, if desired.

Ingredients for filling:
1 1 1/2-pound eggplant, unpeeled, cut into 3/4-to 1-inch cubes
Coarse kosher salt
7 tablespoons (or more) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 pounds well-trimmed boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
All purpose flour
3 cups chopped onions
1 cup dry white wine
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
3 cups beef broth (preferably organic)
8 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon dried oregano

Topping:
2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup whole milk
1 1/4 cups (packed) coarsely grated kasseri cheese* (5 to 6 ounces)

Preparation for filling:
Scatter eggplant on rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse salt; let stand 1 hour, tossing occasionally. Rinse eggplant and pat very dry.

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add eggplant and sauté until tender, about 12 minutes. Transfer to medium bowl.

Sprinkle lamb generously with coarse salt and pepper, then dust with flour to coat. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in same pot over medium-high heat. Add half of lamb. Sauté until browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer lamb to large bowl. Repeat with 2 tablespoons oil and remaining lamb.

Add 1 additional tablespoon oil to same pot, if needed. Add onions. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until very tender, about 10 minutes (bottom of pot will be very dark). Add wine to pot. Increase heat and boil until wine evaporates, scraping up browned bits, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes with juice, broth, garlic, and oregano and bring to boil. Add lamb with any accumulated juices. Cover; reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour. Uncover and continue to simmer until lamb is very tender and gravy thickens slightly, about 45 minutes. Stir in eggplant. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. DO AHEAD: Can be made 3 days ahead. Cool slightly. Cover and chill.

For topping:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook potatoes in large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 14 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt butter with oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic. Sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add milk and bring to simmer.

Drain potatoes. Return to pot. Stir over medium heat until excess moisture evaporates. Add milk mixture and mash potatoes until just smooth. Stir in cheese. Season with coarse salt and pepper. Drop potatoes over filling by heaping tablespoonfuls, covering completely.

Bake pie until filling is heated through and topping is golden, about 45 minutes.

Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings

* A firm white cheese made from sheep’s milk; available at many supermarkets and at Greek markets and some Italian markets.


Enjoy,
Vicki

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