I would like to note that I am not a fan of Shepherd's Pie, so do not be turned off by it's name. It's basically just a layered casserole sort of dish, with the chicken chili on the bottom, topped with the mashed sweet potato mixture and finished with some grated cheese. Yummmmy!
Original Rachel Ray Recipe
(My ingredient portions are cut in half)
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
salt and pepper
1 tsp. orange zest
2 TB butter
1/2 cup sour cream 1 tsp. Chili powder
Dash of nutmeg 1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 TB olive oil 1 tsp. ground cumin
1 lb. ground chicken (can also use turkey) 1 tsp. ground coriander
1 medium onion, chopped 2 TB tomato paste
1 small cherry pepper, seeded and finely diced 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 red pepper, chopped 1/2 cup (heaping) black beans
2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4. Stir in all of the spices (remember, increase amounts of you like your dishes spicy!), as well as a dash of salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes, then add the tomato paste and black beans, stirring together and cooking for another minute or two before adding the chicken stock. Simmer for a couple of minutes to thicken the mixture, stirring occasionally.
Because all of the ingredients are already cooked and may likely still be warm from your preparation, there isn't a set time this dish needs to bake for. You just want the juices to sort of be bubbling around the edges and you want the cheese nicely melted, maybe even browning a bit on top! Rachel Ray suggests broiling the dish, but I don't have a good history of luck using broilers - which is why mastering broiling is on my to-do list this year!
I also wanted to share a simple garlic tip that many of you may already know. I tend to lean towards using the jarred, already minced garlic - I know, not very professional of me as a cook - but I use it so often and it's so easy! But for this recipe I used fresh garlic cloves. To peel them easily all you have to do is press down on the back side of the knife with your palm - squish down hard and the clove sort of breaks open and the sticky outer layer comes right off!
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