Monday, February 14, 2011

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS #16 (Sweet Potatoes & Favorite Potatoes) and Shepherds Pie

The Theme is: "Sweet" Potatoes & Favorite Potato Recipes

Happy Valentine's Day to one and all! I hope you find your day as SWEET as can be and surround yourself with people you LOVE! Today our theme for THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS is SWEET potatoes or any favorite potato recipe.

If you are looking for a last minute fun dessert to create for your loved ones, these are quick and taste so delicious. I made this for my girls after-party for their Junior Winter-Formal dance this weekend (all of the kids loved them, plus I saved a few for our Valentine's Dinner tomorrow night). We are going to enjoy a homemade dinner at home. I am very excited about shopping tomorrow and coming home to make my family a special meal filled with LOVE and just a few of their favorite things.
The potato recipe I am sharing for today is Shepherd's Pie. This is a new recipe to my family and it was more then perfect. I was actually quite surprised, it wasn't really from a recipe at all, except for it was from a ton of different recipes all put together that I was reading when trying to find a Shepherd's Pie using left-overs. I am SUPER DUPER late in posting this (as we made this with our left over Turkey at Christmas time). But this recipe would be GREAT with left-over chicken too and I just happened to have ONE more Turkey in my freezer that needs cooked. I think I will be pulling that out this week and posting a few more Turkey recipes in the middle of February. Why not? Turkey is delish any time of year! I am going to also make this recipe again and try to make it GLUTEN-FREE

Shepherd's Pie

1 tbsp butter
2 carrots, diced
1-2 celery stalks, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 to 1 cup left-over gravy
2 cups diced left-over Turkey (or chicken)
1/2 to 1 cup broth (chicken or turkey)
1 tbsp parsley
2 cups left-over mashed potatoes
1/2 cup cheddar cheese

Heat the 1 tbsp of butter in skillet and saute the carrots, celery and onion until soft.  Add in the gravy, broth and parsley; heat through. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper if desired. Pour into 9x13 Pam sprayed baking dish. Heat up the left over mashed potatoes slightly or you will have a hard time spreading them on top the casserole. I use my wonderful scooper's that I love so much (see photo to the right). I LOVE these things and use them for everything. 

Here is a complete list of the past weeks and a list of what's coming up on This Week's Cravings!

Please only link recipes with this theme!
This week's theme is: "SWEET" Potatoes & Favorite Potatoes

The SIMPLE Rules: (Click for complete list of guidelines for This Week's Cravings)

1. Please stick to the THEME and only link up recipes that go with our theme for the week. 

2. Add our button and/or a DIRECT link back to this post, inside of your post (not just on a wall of linky parties, this doesn't allow YOUR readers to come back to the linky party and see all the fun recipes! Which this is the intent of a linky party in the first place).

3. Also we'd love for you to hop around and visit the other link-ups! After all it's a BLOG PARTY and it's not fun for everyone linking up if you don't hop around and say Hello!!!

PLEASE follow the simple rules, so everyone can enjoy the linky party! If you forget to link back or add a button IN YOUR post you will receive a gentle reminder to add it, before we delete your post! THANKS A MILLION!

This Week's Cravings Past & Future Recipe Links
This is a BLOG HOP PARTY so please hop around
and read some GREAT recipes!


  1. Hi Tina,
    Just found your site today and linked up (hoping I did it correctly). I'll be checking back in often.
    Thank you!

  2. Thanks so much for hosting! Looking forward to future weeks!

  3. Tina,
    If you click on the picture of the brownies, you will find the recipe. Thanks. Debbbie I'll be back to link up a sweet potato recipe that I think you will enjoy:)

  4. Hi Tina! I am sharing my recipe for Clam Chowder. It is a lighter, more brothy style instead of being heavy with cream and flour. It was the only recipe that I had with potatoes in it! I need to get some recipes with yams up there!
    Thanks for hosting!

  5. What a great idea for a link party! All the potato recipes sound delicious.

  6. what a great theme potatoes and so many different ways to fix them they all sound terrific

  7. Thanks for hosting! I keep wanting to participate, but make the wrong foods. I dug up an older recipe for this week, I hope that was ok. I really must plan ahead better.


  8. Shepherd's Pie is one of my total favorite comfort foods! Yours is so pretty...and has me wanting some =) So glad you shared it w/ the hearth and soul hop this week!

  9. shepherd's pie with turkey is an inspired idea! so smart!!! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

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