Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie

I`m not so sure about this one. For one, it isn`t speedy, and two, I`m not so sure it warrants the amount of time it takes. But I am typing this part while it is in the oven as I usually do.

So this weekend was Metal Mania on VH1 Old People, I mean Classics, so last night we contemplated going out for dinner, but were waylaid by the Lemmy documentary. I guess if you rent it you can watch 4.5 hours of bonus footage! That`s a lot! Not gonna lie, I am intrigued and am pretty close to getting a hold of this bonus. Then we couldn`t go to bed because the documentary of Anvil was on at 2am. It was a bit sad and like a trainwreck that you just could not turn away from as these guys kept spending money trying to get famous again. Like 25 years later!

What does all this have to do with this shepherd`s pie, I don`t know. Just sayin`.

So luckily the husband helped me with this as it took an hour and a half to prep to begin with, though you can make ahead. I used this recipe, but made some changes, some in advance and some on the fly as it really needed some more seasoning. Ok, so we ate it, the flavors came together and it was major hearty with a ton of leftovers.

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Roasted Vegetable Pot Pie with Homemade Puff Pastry

I never did an on deck other than the one I emailed myself. This was part of my planning. I used this recipe for a start, and made some changes. It claims to be healthy, and the interior is as it skips the roux, but after making the puff pastry with all that butter, I can`t really say it is for sure. The puff pastry is made by me, that is healthier, right?

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Caramelized Onion, Spinach and Potato Spanish Tortilla

I had this super amazing caramelized onion tortilla in Madrid at Juana la Loca a couple years ago and had to recreate it. My first attempt was a fail. It tasted good, but I had never caramelized onions before and did not realize how much they would shrink. The original recipe is all caramelized onion bound by a bit of egg. I only used 2 onions. Ok, so it was more of a tortilla with caramelized onions instead of a caramelized onion tortilla. It was still good and it was my first time at the caramelized onion rodeo, and luckily I had done a test run fail prior to making it right for my big recreation of Madrid tapas at a subsequent dinner party I had planned. To get this right, you need at least 1 1-1/2 onion per egg. At least.

Fast forward 2 years and caramelized onions are a sorta pantry staple. You can make a whole mess of them when you have a couple hours and freeze them. Use them in this, make a fast soup, pizza, a tart – wherever – they are that good.

This tortilla is not a recreate, it is a riff. I decided to add a bit more veg – spinach and potato – and some cheese. I also did not flip it nor did I mix it all together like a traditional tortilla, for the Juana la Loca version, I did mix all together.  Anyhoo.  Feel free to leave the cheese out if you want it dairy free.

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