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Show your kids that pie can be savory. This recipe courtesy of The Endless Meal food blog will wow your sense. Plus, it uses up whatever leftover vegetables you may have lingering in your freezer or veggie drawer. Read on for the full recipe!

Serves 4

Ingredients:
For the pulled pork
1 – 21/2 pound pork butt
1 bottle of beer
A few splashes of BBQ sauce
A handful of brown sugar

For the shepherd’s pie
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large onion, minced
Oil for sautéing
2 cups frozen corn
2 cups frozen peas
3 large potatoes
Salt and pepper
Sharp cheddar cheese, grated

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Method:
1. Place all ingredients for pulled pork in a medium pot. Add water to the pot so that the liquid is about ¾ of the way to the top of the pork. Bring to a boil then reduce the temperature to very low. Keep at a low simmer, covered, for 2 hours. 2. After 2 hours remove the lid and shred the pork with 2 forks. There will still be a lot of liquid left. Return the pot to medium-low heat and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season generously with salt and pepper and set aside.

2. In a large pot, boil peeled potatoes until they are very soft, about 15 minutes. Drain water and mash the potatoes with a potato masher or with an electric mixer. Add butter or cream if desired and season generously with salt. Set aside.

3. Saute onions with a splash of oil in a large pan over medium high heat for about 3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1 more minute. remove from heat and stir in peas and corn.

To assemble the pie
1. Place a thick layer of pulled pork on the bottom of your casserole pan. Next add the corn mixture in another thick layer. Drop large spoonfuls of mashed potatoes over the top of the casserole then gently spread the mashed potatoes so they cover the entire top surface. Top with grated cheddar cheese.

2. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the shepherd’s pie is bubbling and the cheese on top is melted and starting to brown.

Notes:
This shepherd’s pie is a great way to use up any leftover pulled pork. The prep and cook times do not take into account cooking the pulled pork. If you are making the pulled pork especially for this recipe, please note that the time will be quite different from what I have listed here. Also, feel free to add any other veggies you love to eat. The sky’s the limit here.

Have you ever tried making Shepherd’s Pie? What do your kids think of this dish? Leave a Comment below!

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