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Shepherd's Pie from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Shepherd’s pie is one of those delicious comfort foods that tastes like home whether your parents made it for you as a kid or not. With savory beef, peas, corn and carrots in a rich gravy on the bottom and mashed potatoes on the top, it’s the quintessential casserole that appeals to everyone in the family because it doesn’t lean too far in any one direction. It’s comforting and warming without being too heavy, so it’s perfect for this transition to spring.

Shepherd's Pie from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach
 

Traditional British versions of Shepherd’s pie use lamb. Here, we’ve used ground beef, but you can use either as both versions taste great! Feel free to serve it with garlic bread, but it’s not necessary since you can use the potatoes to scoop up all the yummy gravy. Save time by chopping your carrots and onion with a food processor and use your hand mixer to whip up perfect mashed potatoes. You can even assemble the pie ahead of time and stick it in the oven a half hour before dinnertime.

Shepherd's Pie from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

 

 


Shepherd's Pie
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound lean ground beef
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 can (15 oz.) beef broth
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
Instructions
Cook potatoes in water in a medium saucepot over high heat until fork tender; drain water and return potatoes to saucepot. Add sour cream, butter, milk and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Beat with a hand mixer until mixture is smooth and well blended. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
Spray large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add beef. Stir and cook 4 minutes. Add carrots, onion and garlic; cook an additional 4 minutes or until onions are clear.
Stir in flour, salt, thyme and black pepper; stirring for 1 minute until flour is blended with beef mixture. Gradually stir in broth and Worcestershire sauce, cooking 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Stir in corn and peas.
Pour mixture into prepared dish. Carefully, spread mashed potatoes over the meat mixture.
Bake 25 minutes or until mixture potatoes start to brown and mixture is bubbling along the sides of the dish.
Notes
Substitute leftover mashed potatoes if you have them, and bake 5 minutes longer.
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Slow Cooker Potato Leek Soup from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Biting winds, sub-zero temperatures, and snow in the south… Winter is keeping much of the country in a deep freeze, but you can’t let Old Man Winter win. Our potato leek soup is a twist on a classic, with bacon and a pinch of thyme, and it comes together quite impressively in a slow cooker. The result is a hearty soup that warms you up from the inside out, so no amount of snow or sleet can hold you back.

Slow Cooker Potato Leek Soup from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 


Slow Cooker Potato Leek Soup
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
3 pounds potatoes, peeled
3 large leeks
8 oz. bacon, cut in 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup dry white wine
6 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Instructions
Cut potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes. Place in a large mixing bowl and cover with cold water. Set aside.
To clean leeks, place in a colander and toss gently under running water. Trim both root and leaf ends and thinly slice.
In stove-top safe slow cooker vessel or frying pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and reserve for garnish. Add leeks to bacon drippings and cook until they begin to wilt. Add wine, cook 2 minutes.
Whisk together chicken broth, milk, flour, salt, thyme and pepper. Add to slow cooker. Drain potatoes and add to slow cooker.
Place stove-top safe vessel in slow cooker. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH 4 to 5 hours or LOW for 6 to 7 hours.
With a hand blender, blend soup to desired texture. Can be left chunky, if desired. Serve with reserved bacon as garnish. Drizzle with olive oil, if desired.
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Father's Day Menu Ideas

Whether you decide to celebrate dad at home or pack a lunch picnic for the local park, these recipes will be sure to help you prepare the perfect Father’s Day meal. The menu we chose can be mostly prepared on the grill. The baby back ribs are perfect for barbecue-loving dads, and the grilled veggies and grilled wedge salad make for healthy sides. While all of this is cooking on the grill, our easy slow cooker baked potatoes can be cooking indoors. We like to serve them fully loaded with bacon, sour cream and chives. All you need to add is fresh iced tea or lemonade and call the family to the backyard. So set the table and fire up the grill; it’s time to enjoy a great meal while celebrating the fathers in our lives.


Baby Back Barbecue Ribs
YIELDS: 6 servings

Barbecue ribs are a treat, and they work great for a backyard cookout. These baby backs are cooked on the grill and sauced towards the end, creating a glaze that will have you licking your fingers. We suggest cooking these on our GrillStation™ 5 Burner Gas Grill but you can always cook them in your slow cooker and finish them in the oven, if necessary.
Ingredients
Wood chips, soaked in water at least 1 hour
2 sheets (18x24-inches each) 18-inch wide heavy duty aluminum foil
1 rack baby back pork ribs (about 3 pounds), cut in half
1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
Instructions
Preheat grill to MEDIUM heat or GRILL ZONE (ORANGE).
Center half of ribs in single layer on each sheet of aluminum foil. Combine brown sugar and seasonings; rub over ribs, turning to coat evenly.
Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and one end to seal packet. Through open end, add 1/4 cup water. Double fold remaining end, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Repeat to make two packets.
Place rib packets in covered grill and grill 45 minutes. Remove ribs from grill and open foil.
To start SmokeStation™: Drain wood chips; fill SmokeStation drawer about ½ full. Turn SmokeStation burner to LOW. Turn burners beside SmokeStation to MEDIUM. Turn remaining 2 burners to LOW.
Place ribs on grill grate over burners that are LOW. BRUSH ribs with barbecue sauce. CONTINUE GRILLING 15 to 20 minutes, brushing with sauce and turning frequently.
Add wet wood chips as needed on top of wood chips to keep smoke going without flames or use a spray bottle of water set on the stream setting to wet wood chips.
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Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
YIELDS: 4 servings

Baking potatoes in a slow cooker imparts steam which keeps the inside of your potato fluffy and delicious. If you prefer to cook the potatoes with salt, be sure to oil the inside of your slow cooker first so it doesn’t stick. Use a medium slow cooker if making only a few potatoes or use a large slow cooker if making more than four.
Ingredients
4 to 8 large baking potatoes, scrubbed
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Instructions
Rub potatoes with olive oil and pierce with a fork.
Place in slow cooker.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours or LOW for 7 to 8 hours depending on quantity of potatoes and size of slow cooker or until internal temperature reaches at least 210°F.
Sprinkle with salt before serving.
Top with butter, sour cream, bacon, cheese and chives, if desired.
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Grilled Vegetables with Balsamic Marinade
YIELDS: 6 servings

We love to use fresh vegetables from the farmers market when grilling. They are lightly marinated to add a boost of flavor, but the grill brings out the natural sweetness of the veggies while imparting a smoky, charred kick. These vegetables turn out great when cooked on our 3 Burner Pedestal Gas Grill.
Vegetables
​1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
2 large portabella mushroom caps
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and cut in half
1 large yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut in half
1 large red onion, sliced
Marinade
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
​Place vegetables in large glass dish.
Combine marinade ingredients. Pour over vegetables in dish.
Cover vegetables and let marinate several hours or overnight.
Preheat grill to MEDIUM-HIGH heat or GRILL ZONE (ORANGE).
Drain vegetables; discard marinade.
Grill 8 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally until vegetables are browned and tender.
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Grilled Romaine with Creamy Caesar Dressing
YIELDS: 4 servings

If you’ve never grilled romaine, you have to start. It adds a boost of charred flavor to a light, leafy green that you don’t expect. Skewer the romaine to make turning easier or use tongs to get even grill marks. Top with homemade Caesar dressing and grilled bread croutons.
Dressing
3 anchovies
1 clove garlic
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
​1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup olive oil
Salad
1 head romaine lettuce
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Croutons
Instructions
For dressing, place anchovies, garlic, lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper in blender.
Blend until mixture is creamy.
Add mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese and oil to blender. Blend until smooth.
Preheat grill to medium-high.
Slice head of romaine lettuce in half lengthwise through root end. (Root end will help hold romaine together.) Use wooden skewers to hold lettuce leaves together, if necessary.
Spray romaine with nonstick cooking spray or brush lightly with olive oil. Place romaine halves on grill.
Grill 2 to 4 minutes each side until romaine is charred and slightly wilted.
Drizzle dressing over grilled romaine. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and croutons.
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