Spooky Maltese Shepherds Pie

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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.

spooky maltese shepherds pie

Add 1 lb. of ground turkey and brown it. Salt and pepper to taste.

spooky maltese shepherds pie

Add a bottle of your favorite beer. Yep, the entire bottle. I chose to use a hard cider this time around.

 

spooky maltese shepherds pie

As the beer begins to work its magic add 4 oz of tomato paste.  Stir it in.

spooky maltese shepherds pie

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.

spooky maltese shepherds pie

Sir the mixture together and add a cup of frozen peas. Cook until all of the beer is cooked out.

spooky maltese shepherds pie

Now spoon it into either a casserole dish or individual casserole dishes. I made individual servings this time.

spooky maltese shepherds pie

At this point spoon your mashed potatoes over this. If you are serving it on a normal day, spread the potatoes over top.

spooky maltese shepherds pie

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.

 

spooky maltese shepherds pie

Spooky Maltese Shepherds Pie

Spooky Maltese Shepherds Pie

Ingredients

  • 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.

Instructions

  1. saute the onions until tender
  2. brown turkey
  3. add entire bottle of beer
  4. add tomato paste
  5. add curry powder
  6. stir
  7. add peas
  8. cook down liquid
  9. spoon into serving dish
  10. add potatoes and eyes!
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