I’ve mentioned before that, in addition to the sweetness of church worship, Sunday also holds the delight of dessert here at the house.
The other day, Abigail and I both commented on how pie seems to be the perfect dessert for Sundays. We don’t know why it feels that way, but we determined that Sunday is just PIE DAY!
Today we enjoyed TWO pies: Cottage Pie and Coffee Pie!
The Cottage Pie recipe is from the Rose and Crown restaurant at Epcot (My heart just fluttered. Ahhh, Disney memories!) If I had to choose the most comforting of all winter comfort foods, it would be this Cottage Pie! It is much like Shepherd’s Pie—beef, gravy, mashed potatoes–but without the vegetables. I served English Peas and Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Carrots on the side. I should also mention that, not only is Sunday a dessert day for us, it’s just an unhealthy/high-carb meal altogether.
1/4 cup butter
1 cup diced onion
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp. savory (just omit if you don’t have on hand)
1 cup brown gravy
2 cups mashed potatoes
-Heat 1/4 cup butter in a skillet. Add onion and cook until lightly browned.
-Add beef, salt, pepper, and savory. Continue to cook for 5 more minutes. Stir in the gravy and heat until bubbling.
-Spoon into a buttered 8-cup flat casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes. Dot with pieces of butter.
-Bake at 400 degrees, 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are slightly browned.
My tweaks: I used two pounds of ground beef and a whole 12 ounce jar of savory gravy. I just eye-balled the amount of mashed potatoes, but I do know that I used more than the recipe called for. I also sprinkled paprika and parsley on top for color.
This served our family of 5 with one serving left for Joel to take to work tomorrow.
This recipe for Coffee Pie is one I’ve had tagged to try since I saw it on the Refresh Her Blog back in the fall. Denise’s blog offers a treasure trove of recipes, among other little daily jewels! You can find her Coffee Pie recipe here. As a coffee drinker(lover), I could not wait to try this pie! I have to admit that I did slip in 1/4 cup sugar to the coffee syrup since I have children who aren’t coffee drinkers and want nothing to do with it. Now if it were just for grown-ups, I could have totally left the sugar out. My sneakiness paid off because they cleaned their dessert plates!
And what else would you serve with Coffee Pie but a cup of hot coffee?! After this double buzz at lunch, I was able to skip my Sunday afternoon nap and write this post! Ha!