Let’s talk about your leftover meals. The first part of the Christmas Season Holiday is over and we still have New Years! Despite your best efforts to fill your belly with turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes and awesome desserts, your refrigerator is packed solid with leftover dishes. So what to do with all the Holiday leftovers especially all those delicious mashed potatoes?
You can make a Sheppard Pie which is a great idea while using your leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables and even the stuffing. This is a perfect use of combining all your leftovers before ANOTHER Turkey gets thawed for New Years Day Feast. Then you’ll need to find more uses for those.
Sheppard Pie and Placki Ziemniaczane
The history of Shepard’s Pie comes from Ireland and England. Before there was Sheppard’s Pie there was Cottage Pie which consisted of using a pastry shell was from
the medieval times using minced beef. The original Sheppard’s pie uses minced mutton (lamb) with the layered veggies and meat. Both were topped with potatoes.
Sheppard’s Pie ideas found its way into many cultures as a way to do something different with leftovers as a break from the day before meal or in the poorer times was a way to stretch out their food supply to feed their hungry families. There doesn’t seem to be a reference that I can find for a version from any of the Slavic countries but I’m sure there are plenty of ideas.
You can also make potato pancakes as well. Just a few added ingredients and you have a great tasting side dish for any dinner meal. I remember my mom doing this not just after the holidays but during the year in the days before instant potatoes become common in our kitchens. But we know that there is nothing like the real thing!
These pan fried potatoes made from mashed potatoes go well with a number of German dishes, such as Schnitzel, any sausage (such as Bratwurst, Weisswurst, Frankfurter Würstchen), fish, etc. and can be found in many recipes of other Slavic nations.
Potato “cakes” are very easy to make . The are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside and is just what you need to go along with any meat dish. All is includes are your leftover mashed potatoes, eggs and a little bit of flour. Then simply cook with some oil and butter for flavor until golden brown.
So, lets take a look at both recipes: