Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Remember, remember, the 5th of November. 
The gunpowder, treason and plot. 
I know if no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.

It's Guy Fawkes Night, a holiday celebrated by the British realm. In 1605 Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot - a Catholic rebellion group plotting to assassinate Protestant King James I - was discovered guarding a mound of explosives hidden beneath the Houses of Parliament. Fawkes was arrested and the plot to assassinate King James I failed. Britons celebrated the failed attempt on the monarch's life by lighting bonfires and burning Guy Fawkes dummies every November 5th at sunset.

Having a British Mum my family has always celebrated Guy Fawkes night with traditional English dishes and fireworks. Tonight I plan to continue this tradition with my own family.

We'll be dining on a Shepherd's Pie with our own unique twist. Traditional Shepherd's Pie is cooked with lamb, when cooked with beef this dish is references as Cottage Pie. (thanks to Culinary Ginger for the tip!)  So we have to ask what's our Shepherd's/Cottage Pie called when we make it with turkey? Hmm…
1.5 lb ground turkey
2 onions diced
2 cups of diced tomatoes
2 cups of peas
1/4 cup of tomato paste
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small bag of tater tots
2 cups of shredded cheddar and jack cheese

  1. Add the olive oil, turkey, spices and onion to a large skillet and cook until turkey is done
  2. Add the tomatoes, peas and tomato paste, let simmer for 10-15 minutes
  3. Transfer the turkey and vegetables to a large baking dish
  4. Set your oven at 425 and bake the tater tots on a baking sheet until they brown and crisp
  5. Add the baked tater tots to the top of the turkey and vegetable mix and top with the cheese
  6. Bake the entire dish at 350 for 20-30 minutes until the cheese bubbles
Have a delicious Guy Fawkes Day Yummies! xoxo



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