Okay folks. Before I begin there's something I'd like you to do. Okay, okay so there's two things I'd like you do. Okay, okay so there's really three things I'd like you do if we're being really honest here. . Geez eh, barely in the door and I got you helping out already. That's how we roll here at the Bee household. Okay I'll go easy on you and just have you do two things.
Okay thing 1- go HERE and enter for your chance to win a cookbook. Yes this is me hosting. All you need to do is comment. So if you haven't entered yet there is still time. The giveaway is open for another day. Closes tomorrow night at midnight.
Okay thing 2- Read this post! No seriously. It's freaking fabulous, trust me.
Alrighty-roo now that I've monopolized all your free time I sure hope I've made it worth it with these little beauties. I had made the Black Forest No Bake Cheesecakes in a Jar last week and they seemed to be a real hit with everyone. Shucks, golly, gee, I feel so special. But gosh darn it how do you follow-up something like that. The pressure was on, the anticipation was immense and I was cracking under the pressure. Okay so that's a big old lie. I was probably drinking a pepsi and watching the Real Housewives of Somewhere or Someplace and at the last second realized I had better make something or the only thing in a jar was going to be my pride. So I whipped up these. And with leftovers to boot. I had made a double batch of the mashed potatoes I did for a cooking challenge just knowing I could do something fun with them. And if not we could eat mashed potatoes for days or snack on it like ice cream. Not like Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes were going to go to waste around this household. No sirree bob. Yes that's how you spell that. So I put on my thinking cap and this just popped into this blonde head of mine. I know right. Pure genius. I know, I know, it's remarkable how brilliant I am. And humble too! And so serious too! So check these out. Be sure to love them. We sure did.
LUNATIC WARNING TO ANYONE WHO MIGHT NOT BE USING THEIR NOGGINS:
If you make these and you are someone who does NOT use common sense, here's a bit of advice for you. Do NOT serve these immediately as you and/or your guests could burn your hands on the jars while trying to eat them. Let them cool a little bit BEFORE slapping them on the table. DO NOT serve HOT JARS to SMALL KIDS who DO NOT KNOW BETTER. If you do I am NOT responsible for your LACK OF COMMON SENSE! Take care now, signed Lunie!
Okay sorry about that all my lovelies but it just had to be said. I can just see someone coming back here to scream at me. And since I've already used the word dumba** once this week I really don't want to have to call anyone else a dumba**. Okay so last time I called myself one but you know, just sayin'!!
Okay moving on. No more profanity on this blog this week I promise. I swear (lol) since I admitted to my trucker mouth it's all gone downhill here. Let's crank up the class again folks. And nothing says class like Shepherd's Pie in a mason jar! Enjoy!!!
Shepherd's Pie in a Jar:
1 pound lean ground beef
2 cans or 1 large bag of niblet corn
Mashed potatoes I had leftover Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes so I used those. I would estimate using 4 to 5 potatoes if you don't happen to have leftover mashed potatoes in your fridge. But seriously who doesn't have them in the fridge!
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste ( I abhor pepper so I left it out)
1 to 2 tablespoons ketchup
1 to 2 tablespoons bisto (this is basically a powdered gravy thickener thingy, not sure if everyone uses it)
1 cup beef stock
2 to 3 tablespoons of melted butter for drizzling over top before popping in oven
Optional things you could add:
Lamb instead of beef
Tons of spice options like onion powder, garlic powder, allspice, oregano, basil, etc
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Brown you ground beef in a large skillet.
Add any spices you want to it.
Add any optional items, like onions or shallots.
Add the ketchup and cook over medium heat for about 5ish minutes.
Now add the bisto and the beef stock and cook until it absorbs. Always best to start with less bisto and add more if desired otherwise it'll be a big goopy mess.
If you don't have leftover mashed potatoes you need to whip those up. You can find a great Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato recipe HERE.
Now add a layer of meat on the bottom of the jar.
Now add a layer of corn to the jar.
Now add your mashed potato layer.
Drizzle some melted butter over top.
Place in your preheated 350 degree oven ( I found it helped to place them in a cake pan so they were easier to maneuver in and out of the oven and did not tip over) and cook for about 20ish minutes. They are done when they go golden brown on the top.
Yield is tough on this one. I made 4 x 250 ml jars plus a casserole dish. So just guessing this recipe would make 10 to 12 jars. But that is a guesstimate!
Just remember not to let any d.a.'s touch the hot jar!
Seriously, someone is gonna touch it and then you're gonna be sorry!
Then you're gonna come here and yell at me and make me sorry!
Now fair warning on the hot jar issue. Trust me it can happen. The doc said my bandages can come off next Friday. Just in time for the next FUN WITH JARS FRIDAY. Hmm, wonder what kind of trouble I can get myself into next week.
Toodles and smoochies!xx
This is such a great idea! I just love it. Congrats on Foodbuzz Top 9 today! Again!! You're on a roll! Well deserved 😀
Absolutely love your jar series 🙂 brilliant!
Happy When Not Hungry
Love this idea! Looks fabulous 🙂
Cool idea for the jar series, would have never envisioned Shepherds pie. Love that you can see the hearty layers and what you are about to dig into. Delicious and creative!
I love seeing all the new recipes being done in jars...and this is just too awesome. Who wouldn't want to eat this? 😀
Girl, how do you have time do all these blogs! I can barely keep up with my one. Amazing! This is such a fun idea.
Just what I needed. Portable potato goodness. I'm done for this holiday season. Pulling out my stretch pants early.
@Chef Dennis- Oh good lord, you're giving me permission to call you a dumba** is probably a huge mistake. I'll be just sitting on pins and needles now waiting for the right moment. Lol! Thanks of the compliment.
@Karen- Aw, thanks so much.
@momdecuisine- You are so sweet. Thank you.
@Katherine- Thanks. I am a lucky duck lately.
@healthyfoodietravels- Thank you so much.
@Happy When Not Hungry- Thanks!
@Tina- Thanks so much. I am having a blast with this stuff.
@OnSugarMountain- It sure is fun. There is so much you can do with them.
@Lindselicious- I have no idea, insomnia I suppose. Lol. Thanks so much.
@Grubarazzi- Roflmao...that cracked me up. Stretchy pants are good for winter. And spring. And summer. And fall.
You crack me up! I think this is pure genius! Shepherds Pie is my all time favorite comfort food. It was a staple growing up, and I look forward to it every time I go home! Getting to go about my day while toting some around in a jar would just make me ridiculously happy 🙂
Great recipe and presentation. As for letting the jars cool, well... yeah, but never overestimate people's common sense... 🙂
This is so clever! Love it!
Two words: Freakin. Awesome.
Oh, I'll make this all right. But some time ago I learned to make a square basket type of pot holder for jars and bowls. One per person, and they can go into the microwave. No kidding; they are fantastic! We heat up and serve our soups in jars or bowls in the microwavable pot holders all the time. You need some. Do you sew?
I wish I could sew but unfortunately in my list of strengths. They sound super useful and cute though.
I would love to make these for a ladies luncheon (25 people). Do you think it would be okay to make these ahead to freeze and add the mashed potatoes before baking?
Hi Maria. Absolutely!! I freeze them often. I even done it with the mashed potatoes already on it. I wouldn't recommend that for an important event, more for home use with the family. If I was making these for a group event I'd freeze the bottom layers, then make the potatoes fresh. You could make them really fancy and pipe the potatoes on top with a nice swirl or pattern. That would be so cute.
Let me know how you like the recipe. It's a spin on my mom's recipe. So hopefully you like it.
If you need any more help just hit me up or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm always happy to help anyone who needs it.
Was thinking of doing freezer prep for my toddler too, about how long do you think it could be stuck in the microwave for?
Hi Sara. I usually put them in the microwave for 1 minute but check them after 30 seconds. Are you heating them after thawing them?
I know this is an old post.... just hoping someone will answer :). Think these can be pressure canned?
Hi Lori. I wouldn't pressure can them, personally. BUT the good news is they freeze beautifully. I freeze them constantly.
Can’t wait to try this one!! And some of the other “JAR” goodies, too! PERFECT little “gifting” idea for a couple of my “singles/elderly” neighbors! Thanks so much!