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A Little Bit of Everything

The basis of this dish comes from my mom – “Mother Unit”. It was one of the first dishes I asked her to teach me. I’ve taken it and tweaked it over the years. If you are looking for an easy but filling comfort food meal, this is as good a place to start as any.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef 95% lean or better
  • 1/2 lb Ground Pork
  • 1/2 lb Ground Lamb
  • 1/2 lb Ground Bison
  • 1/2 Red onion
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 2 large Jalapenos
  • 2 Carrots
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 2 10 oz cans of Cream of Mushroom
  • 3 lbs Red Potatoes “C” size
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 4 tablespoons Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 to 1 cup milk
  • Shredded Mozzarella

Directions:

Meat and vegetable mixture

Meat and vegetable mixture

Start by cutting the potatoes into 1/4″ to 1/2″ cubes. Added these to a large pot with water and boil for 45 minutes. The rest of the dish can be prepared while the potatoes boil. Chop the bell peppers and onion into 1/4″ to 1/2″ sized pieces. Cut and de-seed the jalapenos and  into 1/4″ to 1/2″ sized pieces. Peel the carrots and slice into small slices. In a seperate, small sauce pan, blanch the carrots for 3-5 minutes. In a large pan, I use a Paella pan, add the olive oil over a medium-high heat. Add carrots, onions, bell peppers and jalapenos and saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the beef, pork, bison, lamb, in that order separating and stirring in each for 1 to minutes before adding the next. Once all meat has been added, add 2 tablespoons of salt and pepper and one tablespoon of oregano and basil. Continue stirring and mixing until all of the  meat has been browned. Add the two cans of cream of mushroom and thoroughly mix. Let stand on heat for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove to deep casserole dishes, (I have to use 2). The casserole dishes should be filled approximately 1 1/2″  deep.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. After the potatoes have been boiled, drain and add butter cut into small pieces, 2 tablespoons of fresh ground pepper, and 1/2 cup milk. After the butter is mostly melted, use a hand mixer to mix the potatoes, add milk as necessary. Remember you can always add milk but can never take it away. I always mix in an empty sink as the hand mixer may spray some potatoes out of the pot.

Layer the top of the meat and vegetable mixture with an even layer of the mashed potatoes. Top with a layer of  Mozzarella cheese, and place in oven for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted. Remove from oven and serve.

Variations:

When fresh English Peas are in season, I will add a cup when I add the meat.

Latin Lamb Burgers (Sorry Lambchop)

I found this on the local newpaper’s website and couldn’t find everything it asked for. So I just put my own little twist on there.
This goes best with some roasted red potatoes just with olive oil, salt, pepper and a touch of garlic powder on the top in the oven at 350-400ish…

Ingredients:

1lb ground Lamb
1 tsp Coriander seeds
Cayenne pepper (to taste)
1 Ancho pepper dried
1 Pasilla pepper dried
1 Mexican pepper dried (you can use something different if you would like)
Olive Oil
Cotjita Cheese
4 ciabatta rolls

Directions:

Latin Lamb Burger with Roasted Red Peppers

Latin Lamb Burger with Roasted Red Peppers

Toast coriander seeds in pan. Grind and mix in with lamb and cayenne pepper. (the best tool is your hands so don’t worry about getting in there) Just practice proper food handling please! Form into patties and allow to rest for a few minutes.

Put 3/4 c water in a sauce pan along with the peppers. Boil till there is about 1/3 the water left and the peppers are soft. Put them in a blender along with the olive oil slowly added to make a thick sauce.

Spread the sauce on the ciabatta cut in half.

Grill the bread till just toasted and grill the lamb to preferred doneness.

While the bread and patties are still hot off the grill, crumble the cheese on the top.

Enjoy!

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