Shepherds Pie and Pi Pops- Strawberry Edition

Saturday is Pi Day. And not just your run of the mill every year plain old Pi Day either. It’s Ultimate Pi day!  I have a weird affection for this day. Not only because I love me some pie, but I did tattoo pi on my body. Also there’s my love of pie.  So for dinner tonight I made us some delicious Shepherds pie pasties and for dessert delicious Pi Pops. Like cake pops, only better because they are pie. PIE!

Let’s start with dinner because that’s where one starts normally (just kidding! I often have dessert before dinner because I’m a grown up now and I’ll do what I want!). I doubled the below recipe and made a traditional casserole as well.

Shepherd’s Pie Pockets

yield 8 pockets

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard
  • 2 tsp. Lawry’s seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce or A-1
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. Better than Bouillon beef (or bouillon cube) OR skip the water & bouillon and do beef stock
  • Small can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 bag frozen pearl onions (Or your onion of choice)
  • 1/2 bag frozen peas
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes (I used the convenient pre-made stuff because…don’t judge me)
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese
  • 2 8oz. Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (I used the big buttery ones)

Instructions

  1. Place ground beef in a large skillet and brown. Stir in seasonings continue browning until meat is cooked through. Transfer to crockpot. Add canned tomatoes, onions, peas, one cup water and better than bouillon. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
  2. Unroll crescent rolls into four rectangles. Place 1 slice of cheddar cheese on to half of crescent roll, layer with mashed potato and meat mixture. Fold crescent roll over to create a square, then using a a fork press along the edges to seal pocket. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. VIOLA! EAT IT! DO IT! DO IT! Okay, calm down. You’re embarrassing yourself.

Crock pot goodness! 

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Pretty, they ain’t, but I think that has more to do with the rush to get them in the oven because I was hongry!

Now for dessert! Everyone’s favorite part of the meal. And if it’s not your favorite part of the meal…probably you are lying.

Probably.

Pi Pops- The strawberry edition

yields ?16ish

Ingredients

  • 1 package pre made pie dough (Or you can make it yourself)
  • Fruit pie filling of your choice.  This time I used strawberry
  • Milk or Cream
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Lollipop sticks

Instructions

  1. Mix together cinnamon & sugar and place aside.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 450
  3. Unroll pie dough and use cookie cutters (mid sized is best) or a wine glass to cut circles/some other shape, from the dough
  4. . Place half of dough shapes on parchment lined cookie sheet and place a stick at least halfway up.
  5. Place pie filling inside and top with another dough shape.
  6. Lightly brush each pie pop with cream or milk and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  7. Bake 9 minutes or until browned
  8. Cool on plate and proceed to eat while making second batch.

Mmmm super yummy! Even with a bunch of pre-made stuff. I think these would be great with a cream pie filling and even a fudge pie filling. I’ll be trying that tomorrow I think.

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Look at that!  Go forth! Make more pie pops! And tell me what worked for you and didn’t.

Bacon Banana Cookies

This weekend my new husband and I were watching our 4th episode of Breaking Bad for the night when Shady Lawyer #2 happened to mention something so intriguing and delicious sounding, I had to stop right there and find a recipe. What you may ask is Breaking Bad inspiring me to cook other than Meth?  Bacon and Banana Cookies.  Yes. Yes, again. AND it just so happened I had bananas ripe for the baking waiting in my kitchen. Kizmet? I do believe so.

I however, did not take any pictures while I cooked them. Because I’m ridiculous and I didn’t realize I was going to start this blog until afterwards. However! I did take pictures of the finished product.  Next time…blue sugar on top. Amiright?

Super easy guys! You too can be a shady bacon loving lawyer passing out money to shadier clients and bribing the lady at the bank with sweets! Or you could be like me and make them for work because that’s what I do when I can’t sleep. I start baking.

Breaking Bad Bacon Banana Cookies

yields 30

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 bananas mashed (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 1/2 pound of bacon, cooked crisp, chopped

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and salt.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together the butter and 1 cup of the sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until they are fully incorporated. Beat in the vanilla. Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture, then stir in the mashed bananas, beating well after each addition. Fold in the bacon.
4. Stir together the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and the remaining cinnamon. Set aside.
5. Drop the dough by heaping tablespoons into the prepared baking sheet 1 inch apart. Sprinkle generously with the cinnamon-sugar and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until slightly browned. Allow the cookies cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Cookies will keep for 5 to 7 days.

*Baking note- These make really cake-y cookies. If you want them crispier (how I prefer them and how I’ll be doing it next time) cut it down to 1 egg and melt your butter completely before mixing it with the sugar.

Overall though, everyone at work that had the nerve to try them has loved them!

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