There were so many lovely goodies in the hamper that I couldn't just leave it at one recipe. I decided that I wanted to make another heartier dish that would make a fabulous supper for the kids on Halloween night! Although good luck to you if you can get your kids to settle down and eat supper on that day. I never could, but I think that maybe had I created a dish such as this for them back then, they would have had a hard time resisting it!
Once again I used ingredients which had been sent to me in that lovely Halloween Challenge Hamper from Unilever.
There was a packet of Coleman's Shepherd's Pie mix in the hamper and I decided to use this to create some Spooky Pumpkin Shepherd's Pies, using orange sweet bell peppers for the pumpkins. If you can't get this pack of mix, don't fear as I have given alternative instructions and ingredients at the end of my recipe!
I don't know about you, but I think they ended up being really cute! As a child I don't think I would have been able to resist digging into one of these. I think the kids would really enjoy them!
Of course there was a bit too much of the mix to just fill the peppers, but you can bake the extras in a casserole dish along side of the peppers. That way people can have second helpings and trust me when I tell you they just well might!
Just who can resist a flavourful casserole of mince topped with a cheese and onion flavoured mix of floury potato and sweet potato mash! Not me, that's who!!
*Spooky Pumpkin Cottage Pies*Serves 4 to 6
1 large carrot, peeled and grated
a splash of Worcestershire sauce
1 TBS butter181g of grated strong cheddar cheese ( 1 1/2 cups)
Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6. Divide the mince mixture between the peppers in the baking dish, filling them up to the top. (You may have too much, but just put the extra into a small buttered casserole dish.) Spoon the mash on top of the mince mix, scatter on a bit of the reserved cheese and top with the reserved tops. ( Any extra mash and cheese can be spooned out on top of the mince in the casserole dish.)
1 TBS vegetable oil
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced
1 pound lean minced beef
1 14 ounce tin of chopped tomatoes in their own juice
1 cup of strong beef stock
1 TBS worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp summer savoury
1/2 tsp thyme
salt and black pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and garlic, and gently cook them in the hot oil until the onion begins to soften. Add the minced beef and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes, until the beef begins to brown. Add the tomatoes, grated vegetables, worcestershire sauce, beef stock, summer savoury and thyme. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Proceed as per above recipe.
Many thanks to the people at Unilever for sending me this lovely Halloween Challenge Hamper!