Sunday, November 30, 2008

Fa La La La La, La La La, Morbid

Boy, I've been busy today! Thank goodness I only make food once a week! Well, this week's main course is a variation on Shepherd's Pie, sort of. Why is it only a variation on Shepherd's Pie? The low-oxalate eater cannot have the amazingly filling potato which is the main component of said pie. Also, a good deal of the vegetables found chopped inside the pie, may be high in oxalate. So, it's a simplified pie made with a few substitutions.

The pie is triple layered bringing to mind the trifle: bottom crust layer of Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower, middle layer of BBQ chopped meat, and a top layer of the Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower again. This is one savory parfait!

This treat is also my entry in this month's You Want Pies With That contest: Make a pie inspired by your favorite holiday song.

Well, I gotta tell you, while the older folks are recalling better days singing White Christmas, I'm sadly a big fan of a little comedy genius that isn't really the family's first choice to sing around a roaring fire. Luckily, I don't have a roaring fire so I don't really care! Here's goes nothing as I present to you:

Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer Loosemeat Pie
(presented in 3 easy steps)

1) Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower

2 heads of organic cauliflower
.40 oz of Parmesan cheese (pre-grated)
2 tsps salt

Clean and cut florets off 1 head of cauliflower.
Fill 8 quart pot with 1 1/2 inches of water.
Place florets in a steam basket insert.
Steam head of cauliflower for about 40 minutes
Dump florets into a large bowl.
Repeat the above steps with the second head of cauliflower.
With both heads of cauliflower in the bowl, use a mashing tool to smash the florets until they have a mashed potato consistency.
Add the Parmesan cheese and salt.

2) Loosemeat
1.25 lbs of organic, low-fat chopped meat
1/4 cup + 2 tbs preferred BBQ sauce (I'm a big fan of Gayley's)
1 tsp of salt
olive oil

Grease a large saute pan with olive oil.
Cook chopped meat over med-high heat until browned.
Turn off heat.
Add BBQ sauce, salt, and stir.

3) Assemble
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a deep dish 9 inch pie plate with some olive oil.
Spread a crust layer of Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower and cook for 12 minutes.
Sprinkle chopped meat on top of crust to form the second layer.
Top with the remainder cauliflower and cook for 25 minutes until slightly golden.
Sprinkle a little leftover meat on top for morbid effect ;)

I admit it does look like quite a process but I swear it's easy as... Okay, you get the picture!


  1. I'm sure grandma would have loved a piece of this after she recovered from the reindeer incident.

    Sounds yummy and healthy too.

  2. I love that you made a savory pie! Great idea and great song! :-)

  3. I love this idea, so much fun for a fun song! I love how you used the califlower mash as opposed to crust and mashed potaotes. Yum!

  4. You can say there's no such thing as Santa, but as for me and Grandpa.. we believe!
    Great theme, love that you did a savoury pie.