Katie’s Kitchen

Katie Ryan's Cooking Blog with Stroup Flooring America

Start your weekend off right with the Wake up Crew’s recipe of the week! Every Friday morning during the Free Country Wake Up Crew on WFRE Katie Ryan will feature a new recipe you can make at home! Brought to you by Stroup Flooring America.


{Katie’s Kitchen} Shepherds Pie for St. Patrick’s Day!

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In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day I decide to make Shepherd’s Pie; something I’ve never made before!

It was incredibly easy, especially because I used boxed mashed potatoes instead of making my own, but i’m sure using real potatoes would taste even better.

Start out with a large 12-inch skillet, over medium-high heat, and add ground beef,onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook and crumble meat until browned. Drain grease. Then, Sprinkle flour evenly over meat mixture. Stir and cook 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste, broth, Worcestershire sauce and oregano.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Stir in frozen peas, carrots and corn. Cook another 5 to 10 minutes or until heated through. It will cook further in the oven.

In a different pot, mix together your mashed potatoes according to the packaging. OR for making your own (I would start this first, if you are)…

  1. Peel potatoes and chop into small pieces. Place potatoes in a large pot of water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender.
  2. Drain water from pot. Mash the potatoes. Add butter, milk and garlic powder. Continue to mash until no lumps remain. Cover potatoes.

I used a casserole dish and poured in the meat mixture into the bottom, then scoop mashed potatoes in a layer on top of the meat mixture. Leave as a layer, do not mix together. Sprinkle cheese on top.

Bake 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Ingredients: I got the recipe here! 

  • 3 large russet potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 pounds ground beef ( or lamb, turkey)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon each, salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • ½ Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1½ cups frozen peas and carrots
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


{Katie’s Kitchen} Easy Crockpot Pulled Pork

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I love dump and go recipes! This is one of my favorites. We had friends over last weekend and I was able to toss the pork in the crock pot and leave it all to cook for hours without having to mess with it.
I used 3 pounds of boneless pork shoulder and put that into my crock-pot. On top of the meat I added paprika, minced garlic, black pepper and salt; I pressed it into the meat. Then pour in 1/2 cup of water, and half 16 oz. bottle of BBQ sauce (pick your favorite).
I also added a few drops of liquid smoke.
Cook on medium for 6 hours or low for 8-10 hours. Shred and enjoy!
  • 2 – 2.5 lbs. boneless pork loin
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 16 oz. bottle BBQ sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 cup water

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