Western Shepherd's Pie
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1 can (15.5 ounces) white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (11 ounces) corn, drained
- 1 1/2 cups medium heat green salsa, divided
- 1 can (4.5 ounces) chopped green chiles, medium heat
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 large Idaho® Russet potatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Place chopped onion on the bottom of a 12-cup or larger crockpot. Add chicken
thighs, beans and corn.
- In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup salsa, chilies, garlic
and cumin. Pour over top. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
- Remove chicken pieces to a plate and using two forks, pull the meat into bite-sized
- Return meat to pot.
- Stir in cilantro.
- Peel potatoes, quarter, and place in a medium pan, add salt, cover with water
and heat to boiling. Reduce heat and cook potatoes until fork-soft, about 10 minutes.
- Drain the potatoes and keep in pan.
- At this point, move one oven rack to 6-inches from broiler, and the other to
the bottom rung.
- Turn broiler to high.
- Place a 3-quart casserole dish on the bottom
rack to heat up while you prepare the potatoes.
- To the drained potatoes in the pot, add sour cream and remaining 1/2 cup salsa.
- Using a measuring cup or soup ladle, scoop a half-cup of liquid from the chili,
add to potatoes and mash quickly with an electric beater.
- Continue to add chili
liquid to the potatoes a little at a time until whipped creamy.
- Stir in shredded
- Remove casserole dish from oven, scoop the chili into the hot dish, top with
mashed potatoes and use a fork to spread the potatoes to seal to the edge, then
place about under the broiler for at least 5 minutes, watching carefully to not
- Serve immediately.
Yield: 8 servings
Recipe courtesy of Patti Londre, WorthTheWhisk.com.
Recipe and photo credit (used with permission):
Idaho Potato Commission.