Boxty in the griddle,
Boxty in the pan,
If you can't make a boxty,
Then you'll never get a man!
As soon as I read that, for obvious reasons I knew I had to make a boxty! Yesterday we had leftover mashed potatoes, which the recipe calls for, so I gave it a shot. You need both mashed and grated potatoes, which helps give it that part hash brown/ part pancake texture. It's flavored with salt, pepper, and scallions, but I swear the flavor is so full and bursting that it feels like half the spice cabinet is in there. You have to pan fry them in butter, which we all know is not my forte, but I was able to get them perfectly browned on each side, and they were absolutely delicious. Artie and Johanna happened to be here while I was making them, and he said he has ordered boxty before from O'Connor's, so I was concerned that I'd be measured up against the professionals, but everyone agreed that they were delicious. I wish I'd had some apple sauce to serve them with. If you have leftover mashed potatoes any time soon (and hello, it's Thanksgiving week!) then you need to give these a shot. They are so good, and it is like the ultimate comfort food!
That covered it for lunch, and then I had bought all the ingredients for dinner last weekend and had to use it up soon because - get ready for this - there is meat involved. When I was younger, I liked shepherd's pie, which is gross because ground beef is horrible, but I think if you slather mashed potatoes on top of anything, I would probably eat it. When I saw this recipe on Skinny Taste a week or so ago, I knew I wanted to try it out. It's basically a "skinny" shepherd's pie, with ground turkey instead of beef, and mashed sweet potato instead of regular on top. Inside are a mix of other veggies, like parsnip (definitely my first time buying a parsnip) and mushrooms. There's also some rosemary in there, which you know I love. It did take me a while to throw it together, because I had to brown the meat, cook the veggies, make the sauce, and mash the potatotes, but in the end, my family really liked it. Well, I should add that there was a lot of whining over the presence of mushrooms, but the flavors really were pretty great. My mom even loved it, and had it for lunch today! I thought it was delicious too, but ground turkey is not my favorite thing. If I could manage this without any meat, all would be well!
|The view inside the baking dish!|
|All rolled up and ready to bake!|
One day left of this two-day work week and then it's Thanksgiving vacation!!! :)
sweet potato turkey shepherd's pie
caprese lasagna roll-ups