Friday, April 26, 2013

Pom Pom Pie--Shook Up My Way

It has been so much fun checking out pom pom
creations this week, hasn't it! Well...here's a different kind of pom pom
thingy (my REAL pom poms will be shaking on Monday, April 29th.)

While spending quite a bit of time lying around and being lazy
because of my little back thingy issue, I Googled "pom poms" several
times to just see what would come up. Did you know there is a 
Pom Pom Pie?

I didn't know that!  Recipes appear in quite a few different
shapes, sizes, and ingredients, and range from healthy
to the I-need-comfort-food versions. The I-need-comfort-food
version was on the top of our list since my hubby had spent quite
a lot of energy tending to my every whiny need and this meal
was going to be all about HIM. Of course, I don't follow directions on recipes
any better than I follow them for sewing, so I whipped up my own version of
a Pom Pom Pie and crossed it with a Shepherd's Pie kind of thing.

Since the recommended Pom Pom Potatoes that are suppose to be used
on the top of this pie aren't available near me (and Tater Tots weren't an option),
I went searching for a recipe to make my own Pom Pom Potatoes.

I loved the recipe I found at a cute little blog called
Laura Loving Life (you should check it out.)
She put her Potato Pom Poms on chili
(her recipe is here) and she shows all the steps to making them.

As for me an my non-traditional Pom Pom Pie, I used Cheddar &
Sour Cream chips as the coating for the potato pom poms.

Shepherd Pie Meat Sauce Mix:
2 ½ lbs. ground lean beef or ground turkey
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cups celery, chopped
1 cup carrots, shredded
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1½ tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup regular ketchup
3/4 cup hot ketchup *or mix 3/4 cup ketchup with 3 drops Tabasco
2 cups frozen or fresh green beans, chopped
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (optional)

Cook ground beef (or ground turkey) and onions until browned.  Add celery, carrots, garlic, salt, pepper, Worcestershire, ketchup, hot ketchup, and green beans.  Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Drain. Put the mixture in a casserole dish, cover with cheese if desired, and top with pom pom potatoes.


Pom Pom Potatoes from Laura at Laura Loving Life

6  potatoes, peeled and chopped in cubes, boiled until tender
2 tbls. onion salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 cup flour
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups potato chips (your choice), crushed

I varied the potato chip type, used an electric mixer to mash the boiled potatoes and mix in the onion salt and pepper. I used a small ice cream scoop to make balls, rolled them in the flour, dipped in the eggs, and rolled them in the crushed chips. I set them on my meat sauce mix (which was covered with cheese) and baked it all at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes until those cute little pom poms were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. 

Very hearty, not healthy, just comfort food....yum!

7 comments:

  1. Yummie, that looks very tasty, thanks for the recipe.

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  2. Carol thank you so much for linking my blog! Your recipe looks soooo good! I hope your husband loved it?!
    LauraLovingLife

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  3. I would say that you both deserved some comforting. If a warm piping hot casserole will do it, go for it. Sorry to hear you have been down in the back. Catch you Monday to see what you and the grand have been up to with the pom poms.

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  4. Looks super delicious perfect on a cold day!!

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  5. Those ARE the best pom poms this week!!! Sounds yummy too.

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  6. Hi!!! That looks good!!! I bet the little ones would eat that too!!! Thanks for the recipe!!!

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  7. Ooooh, that looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

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