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Author Notes: You asked us to clean out the fridge. Well, mine is pretty clean now. I had a leftover pork shoulder roast that had been cooked with onions and plenty of garlic and a bottle of beer, and finished with white potatoes, sweet potatoes, and apples. I wanted to turn all this into a pork version of shepherd's pie. Seriously, I'd love someone to come up with just the right name for it. I didn't have to go out and buy a thing. The kids came for dinner tonight and declared it a success. —Margaret Waters
- 1.5-2 lbs leftover pork shoulder roast, shredded, with the remaining juices.
- 1/3 cup diced carrot
- 1/3 cup diced celery
- 1/3 cup diced parsnip
- 1/3 cup diced fennel
- 1/2 cup frozen pearl onions, thawed
- 1 teaspoon herbes de province
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon carway seeds
- juices from original roast. Add beef broth if necessary to moisten mixture
- 1 diced, peeled granny smith apple
- 1 teaspoon large russet potato, baked, peeled
- 1 fairly large sweet potato, baked, peeled
- 1/3 cup half and half
- leftover potato/sweet potato/apple mixture from roast. If you don't have this, add about another cup of potatoes and possibly a little bit of applesauce if you want.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup whole milk or half and half
- In a large bowl toss together vegetables, herbes de province, and olive oil. Place on a foil lined baking pan and roast at 425, stirring a couple of times, until just beginning to caramelize, about 20 minutes.
- Add vegetables, diced raw apple, caraway seeds, and liquid to shredded pork. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place in an ovenproof casserole.
- Mash russet potato and sweet potato with whatever is left of the potato/apple mixture left from original roast or increase amount of potato and sweet potato to equal about 2-2 1/2 cups. Add butter, milk or cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Spread evenly on top of meat/veggie mixture.
- Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. You will want to place a baking sheet on the rack beneath the casserole to catch overflowing juices.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe that Cleans Out the Fridge