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WHEN-ESOTA's Shepherd's Pie

posted Nov 4, 2018, 6:17 AM by Dan Whenesota   [ updated Nov 4, 2018, 6:20 AM ]

This is kind of a hodge-podge of recipe's from around the web, and most of it from one of my Co-workers (DS).  I find that recipes like these you add more of what you like and less of what you don't.

You should probably start by getting the mashed potatoes going.   If you have a favorite way of making mashed potatoes go with it, but here's what I do.  5-6 Medium sized potatoes peeled and cut into small pieces, boil them for 10 minutes.  Then drain and mash in bowl with stick of butter, splash of milk, and salt and pepper to taste.  Make sure you get all the lumps!

While the potatoes are boiling,  brown 2 lbs of ground beef with 1/4 medium onion, 1/4 red pepper, 1/4 green pepper, 1 celery stalk all chopped.  After meat is cooked, I drained the grease and  added beef broth to the mix and simmered.  This is where I may have done things differently.  I prefer CANNED corn, beans and carrots.  Weird, I know.  If you wanted to use fresh, you should probably add them at the beginning with the other vegetables, but because I used canned, I added them here.  Also I used unsalted canned vegetables.  I simmered it until most of the fluid was cooked off as I didn't want the pie too mushy.  (You can certainly add other vegetables as well.  I thought about adding mushrooms, but Mrs. WHENESOTA would not have been too happy with that. 

Once all that is cooked spread out evenly in a cake pan.  I added some shredded cheese to the mixture to hold it together a bit.  I think next time I may try a cream of mushroom soup instead. 

Then evenly spread the mashed potatoes over it.  Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. 

This is where I deviate from traditional shepherd's pie a bit, I add cheese to the top and baked for another 5 minutes.  Its going to be HOT, let it cool for a good 10 minutes minimum before serving. 


WHEN-ESOTA's Italian Chili

posted Oct 6, 2018, 11:36 AM by Dan Whenesota

Some people call this Pasta Fagioli soup (think Olive garden) but this is a little different.  To me, its Italian Chili.  It took Third place in my school chili cookoff a few years back…so there’s that!   As I was eating this today I was wondering how this would taste over an Italian sausage link, ie an Italian Chili dog?

½  lb ground beef

½ lb of mild Italian Sausage (morellis)

1 small onion diced (1cup)

1 large carrot julienned or finely chopped (1cup)

3 stalks celery chopped (1 cup)

3 cloves garlic, minced

2-14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes

1-15 oz can red kidney beans (with liquid)

1-15 oz can great northern beans (with liquid)

1-15 oz can tomato sauce

1-12 oz can v-8 juice

1-TBSP white vinegar

1½ tsp salt

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp basil (If I have fresh leaves I use those if not dried will do)

½ tsp pepper

½ tsp thyme

½ pound (1/2 pkg.) ditali pasta (From Buon Giorno)


Brown the beef and Italian Sausage. Add all vegetables and saute for 10 minutes.  Add everything else but pasta and Simmer for 50 minutes, then add in pasta for another 10 minutes or until pasta done.  Serve with Parmesan cheese on top (grated or shredded) and a side of breadsticks (Morellis)

Home-gating Food Blog September 29 Pizza Burgers

posted Oct 6, 2018, 6:00 AM by Dan Whenesota   [ updated Oct 6, 2018, 6:02 AM ]

WHENESOTA's Pizza Burgers Recipe

1.5 lbs of 80/20 Ground beef

.5 lb of ground mild Italian Sausage (I use Morellis)

2 Good sized Garlic Cloves Smashed then pressed

Small handful of Basil leaves chopped as small as you can


Italian seasoning

Olive Oil

Melted Butter

Garlic powder

Hamburger buns of your choosing

Pizza Sauce (Jarred or homemade see below for homemade recipe)


Mix Meat, Garlic, Basil, and a few dashes of both Oregano and Italian seasoning.  Make patties about 3/8 to half inch thick.  Fry Patties in pan with olive oil.  Lightly cover both sides of Bun with pizza sauce.  I usually have extra on the side if people want more.   Place Patty on a bun and top with a slice of Mozzarella and provolone cheese.  Bruch Melted Butter on top of bun and sprinkle with Garlic powder.  Put all burgers on a pan and broil in over for 5ish minutes to make bun crispy and cheese melty.  I serve with a side of crinkle fries. 


WHEN-ESOTA’s Pizza Sauce Recipe

1- 14.5 Oz Can of ROMA tomatoes or San Marzano depending on how sweet you want it

Handful of Fresh Basil

Tablespoon of Olive Oil

A few dashes of Oregano

1 teaspoon of sugar, again depending on how sweet you want it. 

2-3   Cloves of Garlic, smashed

1-6oz can of tomato paste

Pinch of Red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and onion powder if desired.

Put all ingredients in food processor and pulse to desired consistency.  

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