This Spooky Maltese Shepherds Pie borrows from the traditional Maltese Meat Pie but is it’s own creation. I will be posting the traditional Maltese Meat Pie in the coming weeks.
How do I explain where this recipe came from? Hmm.
There is a pie (which I will post the recipe to in a couple weeks). The shell of the pie is flaky and the filling is a scrumptious mixture. The correct name of the pie is call Torta tal Laham (meet pie). Now as a child I had an obsession with the pie. I loved it and would eat the entire thing. When I moved across the country and away from my grandparents, I needed to figure out how to make this on my own. I couldn’t. ( I finally did!) In the meantime, while trying, I actually came up with something else, that gives a major nod to Torta tal Laham but it also stands on its own.
I now use this mixture in my shepherds pie, as well as when I stuff zucchini or peppers. In this case I use it for a spooky treat for Halloween. It has become tradition and my kids ask for it every Halloween.
As you make this mixture, prepare your favorite mash potatoes. Make them a bit thicker than usual so they can be piled high as ghosts.
First saute a whole onion until tender.
Add 1 lb. of ground turkey and brown it. Salt and pepper to taste.
Add a bottle of your favorite beer. Yep, the entire bottle. I chose to use a hard cider this time around.
As the beer begins to work its magic add 4 oz of tomato paste. Stir it in.
To this you will now add your curry. Choose your favorite curry and don’t hold back. I finished off my container. About 3 tablespoons.
Sir the mixture together and add a cup of frozen peas. Cook until all of the beer is cooked out.
Now spoon it into either a casserole dish or individual casserole dishes. I made individual servings this time.
At this point spoon your mashed potatoes over this. If you are serving it on a normal day, spread the potatoes over top.
But since it’s Halloween time, pile them high! And place two pea eyes on them and one for a nose.
Now, here is what happened in my house. While the mixture was simmering I had realized that I was about to be late for my class at the gym. I asked my husband to finish off the meal and take a picture at the end. These are his ghosts and his picture. I love him.
- 1 yellow onion
- 1lb. ground turkey
- 1 bottle of beer
- 4oz tomato paste
- 3 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 cup frozen peas ( a couple reserved for eyes and mouth)
- salt and pepper, to taste, as you go
- You will need mashed potatoes as well.
- saute the onions until tender
- brown turkey
- add entire bottle of beer
- add tomato paste
- add curry powder
- add peas
- cook down liquid
- spoon into serving dish
- add potatoes and eyes!