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My Favorite Pan…At Least For Today!

My Favorite Pan…At Least For Today!

The editor of the GCICA quarterly newsletter – the “Griswold & Cast Iron Quarterly” – is planning to feature members and their favorite pans in future editions. We talked at the 2018 Convention in Baton Rouge, and I offered to submit a little blurb to […]

The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and 10 Handy-Dandy Tips!

The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and 10 Handy-Dandy Tips!

It’s easy to become overwhelmed very quickly when you arrive at a large in-person cast iron auction. Yards and yards, tables and tables, of all of that gorgeous iron! And many people who are just as determined as you are to snag an excellent piece […]

My Version of Alton Brown’s Shepherd’s Pie, Made in My Trusty Griswold Iron Mountain Chicken Pan

My Version of Alton Brown’s Shepherd’s Pie, Made in My Trusty Griswold Iron Mountain Chicken Pan

I recently spent a lovely Spring weekend at my friend Mary’s lake home on Madeline Island. I love going to Mary’s place – it is on Lake Superior and I always feel such a sense of calm when I am there. Maisie and I love to walk on the beach. This trip I felt an inexplicable urge to collect driftwood, so I suddenly have piles of driftwood at my home. I see driftwood crafting in my immediate future.

   

There was still ice on the lake and a nip in the air. Mary and I were in the mood for something hearty for dinner. A quick google search turned up Alton Brown’s Savory Shepherd’s Pie. While Alton didn’t use cast iron to make his dish, I knew that it would work wonderfully in my Iron Mountain (by Griswold) cast iron chicken pan. I have always been a casserole kind of girl.

I made some modifications to Alton’s original recipe – including using ground beef instead of ground lamb – to accommodate what we had on hand on the island. The recipe below reflects how we prepared the dish. It was quite delicious, but I have no doubt that Alton’s is even tastier. You can find Alton Brown’s original recipe here.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hi. Thanks for checking out my new website! I am Mary – founder and prior owner of The Pan Handler LLC, and a vintage cast iron cookware enthusiast. I started the business and website from scratch while working a full-time job, and eventually the business […]


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