Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Homemaking Tip—September is National Potato Month

I’m not bloviating when I say that I could (and often do) eat potatoes daily. Whether mashed, tater-ed, frenched, hashed, scalloped, fried, boiled, or baked, it does not really matter. I will eat them plain, buttered, gravied, dipped, or onioned. I will eat them here or there. I will eat them anywhere. I do like them Sam-I-Am.

One night last week we had hamburger gravy and mashed potatoes for supper. And since many recipes are just a rearranging of ingredients, I made another meal while I was making it: sheepherder’s pie.

First I browned the hamburger. Then I put half of the browned hamburger in the bottom of a casserole dish. I continued making the hamburger gravy to the hamburger in the frying pan by adding flour to the hamburger. After the flour was well incorporated with the meat and slightly browning, I added milk, salt, and peppe. While the gravy was bubbling in the frying pan, I added tomato sauce and spices to the hamburger set aside in the casserole dish then layered green beans on top of the hamburger.

Next I mashed the potatoes. I spread a thick layer of potatoes on top of the mixture in the casserole dish and put the rest in a bowl on the supper table to eat with hamburger gravy.

Finally I added some grated cheese to the top of the hamburger, green beans, and mashed potatoes and called it sheepherder’s pie. (Do you call it shepherd’s pie or sheepherder’s pie?) I covered it with a lid and put it in the fridge for supper a night or two later.

I will eat potatoes then or now. I will eat them with some cow. I will eat them here or there. I will eat them e.v.e.r.y.where . . . because I like them Sam-I-Am.


deidra said...

Potatoes are about tied with eggs in my frequency of eating them category (eggs win). Must be the Idaho girl who grew up with chickens. But, I've found that potatoes east of the Mississippi are a bit lacking. Makes me sad.

We always called it shepherd's pie. Yum!

Ande Payne said...

Yay for potatoes! And for you eating potatoes!

Tyler - Danielle - Emree said...

I love shepherd's pie and I love potatoes. Tonight we had baked potatoes and Chili.

Grace said...

You SURE do love potatoes! I've never known anyone who loves them as much as you. You are such a good writer! I love you.

melanie said...

Oh good, even your pasta sauce boils over. Tonight it was just my noodles but it was while I was at the computer. Such a pull at dinnertime. :)

I love when you write about potatoes or corn. Preparing dinner a couple days ahead....brilliant!

Deanna/Mimi said...

You sure know how to make life fun and make me laugh. I love potatoes too...just anyway you fix them. Now I know why I feel so akin to you. Loving them is one thing, but my body turns them into sugar and the sugar turns into fat for me. So thus I only have them about twice a month now. :( I can't have any fun!! Delightful post...keep them coming.

michelle said...

I love potatoes, too. And Green Eggs & Ham. And having dinner prepped in advance!

I call it shepherd's pie.

Jill said...

I'm a fan of potatoes too!

Ryan and Haley Krumblis said...

Aunt Jane-
My favorite part of this whole post was the line...."I will eat some with cow..." That is me to a "T". I loved it. As Grace is seeing with our Family Ryan has learned as well that no one eats potatoes like us! I love you and can't wait to see you!