Do you ever start making a recipe only to realize you have a lot more work cut out for you than you initially anticipated?
Guess who that happened to this evening?
See how the recipe says “Hands-on time: 25 minutes?”
Lies! All lies.
I was chopping, cooking and “hands on-ing” for a good 45 minutes. Fortunately I wasn’t starving as I started to prep this dinner otherwise I would’ve been one angry chef. Twenty extra minutes is a long time when you’re super hungry, after all.
The recipe required a lot of mini steps like making mashed potatoes, sautéing vegetables and browning turkey – all separately.
None of the steps were particularly hard, but all of the chopping coupled with manning several different pots and pans at once was a little more daunting than I figured it would be.
I did manage to successfully make my first batch of mashed potatoes! They were creamy and delicious and got two thumbs up from everyone (okay, from me and Ryan).
All of the time I put into this dinner was worth it in the end, because the shepherd’s pie turned out great!
Ryan and I both filled our bowls and went back for seconds. (Actually, Ryan went back for thirds.)
The recipe serves six and I’m awfully excited about having leftovers on hand. Lunch tomorrow, perhaps?
I’m pretty sure Sadie would’ve given her left ear to dive face-first into that bowl.
Please note her little strand of doggie drool. I’m pretty sure she forced that drool out of her mouth to look desperate.
It worked. She got some turkey because we’re suckers. (<— Some of my favorite Sadie pictures are in that post!)
Off to read Room! I was a reading machine last night and only have a tiny bit left.
I seriously can’t wait to talk about this book. It definitely has me hooked.