A @VHsauces twist on Shepherd’s Pie #DeliciousSauces
With so many families getting prepared for back to school, it is time to come up with easy meal ideas that taste great and work well for the weeknight rush. In the Little Miss Kate household I like to try to infuse our menu with international flavours now and again to help us keep out of the “Meat and Potatoes” rut. One of my favorite products to go to for a little inspiration is VH Sauces. They offer a great line of internationally inspired sauces that are guaranteed to help make getting dinner on the table a little easier and add great flavour at the same time.
When browsing the VH Sauces website I was intrigued by the Asian 5 Spice Shepherd’s Pie. We make Shepherd’s Pie in our house fairly often as it is a hearty and filling meal, that tastes as good the next day as it does fresh out of the oven. This recipe included one of the VH Asian Inspired Sauces – Asian 5 Spice Stir Fry Sauce, and I put it to the test against Hubby’s “I don’t like change” taste buds.
VH Inspired Asian 5 Spice Shepherd’s PieIngredients
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 stalks of celery, finely chopped
- 2.5 lb ground beef
- 3 tbsp flour
- 3 tbsp VH® Soya Sauce
- 1 bottle (355 mL) VH® Asian 5 Spice Stir-Fry Sauce
- 1 cup Tomato Sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 can Peas, drained
- 1 can Corn, drained
- 2 1/2 lb potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 tbsp butter
s1. In a large frying pan cook oil, onions and celery over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add in ground beef, cook until fully browned.
2. In the meantime, place potatoes in a large pot of boiling water. Boil until cooked through, and then drain. Add in butter and milk, mash.
3. Once meat is browned, drain any excess fat. Add flour, stir until well mixed. Add Soya Sauce, VH® Asian 5 Spice Stir-Fry Sauce, Tomato Sauce and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, partially covered, until slightly thickened.4. Spray 9″x13″ baking dish with oil. Spread meat mixture in dish. Layer with peas and corn. Top evenly with mashed potatoes.
5. Bake covered with foil at 350°F oven until heated through and bubbling around edges, about 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake for an additional 5-10 mins to brown the top if desired.
The end result: We LOVED it (even hubby)! I was not sure how the Asian 5 spice sauce would work with the tomato sauce to create the meat base, but the combination is perfect – just a little sweet with a great combination of spices. The leftovers are perfect for me to take to work for lunch. I know this will be a recipe that we will be making again. Want a more detailed look at the recipe? Check out my Google+ album.
You can find VH Sauces on facebook and twitter – be sure to follow them for meal ideas and inspiration for your kitchen.
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