I’m sure you’ve never heard of this recipe. If you’ve been following Chew Wanna Eat? for any length of time you know that sometimes a dish I’ve never heard of nor eaten will just pop into my head. Halupki Shepherd’s Pie was today’s exceptional idea. Everyone loves Mashed Potatoes with Halupki, right? I know we do. I don’t believe there are any other recipes out there for this, so you’d better save it. If you have a few cups of leftover mashed potatoes, all the better!
INGREDIENTS: YIELDS ONE LARGE CASSEROLE
½ cup milk
¼ cup chopped onion
1 ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1 lb ground meat (I like to mix beef and pork)
1 cup rice, cooked and cooled
1 head cabbage
1 can tomato soup
12 oz tomato sauce
1 TBSP brown sugar (level. Don’t overdo)
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
Approximately 2+ cups of Mashed Potatoes
Optional: Frozen Corn, thawed and drained -OR- Green Beans
Rinse the cabbage and cut the cabbage leaves off the head. Cut the large center vein out, and then cut the cabbage in large hunks. Add the leaves to a large pot of boiling water and let them cook for about 3 -4 minutes. It will make your oven time a lot shorter. Drain, cool.
In the same pan (which is now empty), mix the sauce. Mix soup, tomato sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice. Mix well and set aside. No need to cook it.
In large bowl, mix egg, milk, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. Add rice, and uncooked meat. Mix well.
In a beautiful casserole dish, spray lightly and put a bit of the sauce in the bottom. Begin layering – cabbage, meat, sauce, repeat. (Make sure you leave room for the Vegetable and Mashed Potato Layer). Cover with foil and bake at 350° F for 60 minutes. Poke the cabbage to make sure it’s pretty tender. Sprinkle the Corn or Green Beans across the top of the casserole, add Mashed Potatoes on top and return to oven, sprinkle with a little Parsley. Bake another 20 minutes uncovered.
(It’s a very good idea to put a cookie sheet underneath when baking this).
When serving, spoon some of the sauce over the Mashed Potatoes.
Gail Westover, a Treasure Lake resident has been cooking most of her life. Hobbies come and go, as we all know, but for nearly 50 years, she has made homemade cooking a priority when it comes to feeding her family. There is nothing she won’t cook, from Braided Danish and Marble Rye Bagels to International foods of all sorts. “When you’ve cooked as many years as I have, nothing will scare you,” Gail says. She admits that she has an extremely hard time following someone else’s recipe and has become a talented recipe developer. We are happy to welcome Chew Wanna Eat? to The Lake News where you will have access to her creations.