19 June 2013

Farmer Pie


Cottage pie (beef), shepherd's pie (lamb), farmer pie (chicken) is traditionally made with leftover roast meat, but today it is more often made with fresh minced or rich ground meat/poultry stew topped with fluffy spuds then baked until the top layer is lightly browned. It makes a nice hearty breakfast or brunch.


This is an easy but not quick recipe. Especially mashing the potato with fork can makes me cries! But thanks to Panasonic Microwave Oven, which make the cooking process more organise as everything was cook and bake in it. While waiting for something to be cook, you can quickly move on to cutting, chopping, mixing and etc.


I was still able to savor the good ole classic even I was exhausted and frazzled from slaving away in the kitchen (perhaps from my camera!).

Recipe: Farmer Pie
Makes: 1 middle casserole / Serves: 4 - 6 pax

• 150g yellow onion, chopped coarsely
• 3 garlic, minced
• 1 tbsp olive oil (we use melted butter)

• 300g minced chicken
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp brown sugar
• 1 tsp coarse black pepper

• 60g fresh mushroom, sliced
• 100g English celery, diced
• 200g edamame bean (we use frozen, peel and discard the skin)

• 2 tbsp plain flour + 4 tbsp water + 1 tbsp tamari (Japanese soy sauce), or light soy sauce + 1 tbsp konbu shio (preserved salted seaweed), mix well

• 1kg potato, wash, pierced skin with fork
• 120g shredded mozzarella cheese (we use a mixture of parmesan & mozzarella cheese)
• paprika to taste, optional

• 2 tbsp milk
• 3 tsp melted butter
• ½ tsp black pepper
• ¼ tsp salt
• 1 egg
• 5g saffron, optional

1. Cook potato with 3 tbsp of water on 1,000w or HIGH powder for 15-16mins, covered, turn over at half the time and continue cooking. Allowed to cool when done, peel the potato skin, mash potatoes with fork or blend in a food processor. Set aside.

2. Cook onion, garlic and oil (or butter) in a 2 litre oven proof casserole dish on 1,000w or high powder for 5mins, stir in-between. Do not cover with lid.

3. Mixed chicken salt, sugar and black pepper and cook on 600w or medium powder for 3mins, uncovered.

4. Cook mixed onions, mushroom, celery and edamame bean on 600w or medium powder for 3mins, covered with lid.

5. Stir in flour mixture to mixed veggies, cook on 1,000w or high power for 2mins, covered, leave aside.

6. Mixed all the seasoning and spread it over the chicken.

7. Preheat oven at 200C till hot.

8. Layer your veggies and chicken in a oven proof casserole dish. Cook on 600w or medium powder for 3mins.
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9. Add half of the potato over the cooked chicken, half the cheese on top, follow by remaining mashed potato. Sprinkle remaining cheese and paprika.

10. Place tray in the centre shelf and bake at 200C for 30mins, till surface is golden brown.
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Cook step 2 in a oven proof casserole dish, add on step 3 on top and continue to cook, add on step 4 on top and continue to cook, follow by step 5 and step 6. It is not necessary to cook them separately and put them together again. We do the longer way for nicer photo taking. ^_*v

Recipe inspired by: Panasonic Cooking Workshop, Original Recipe use Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SV30

We served the Farmer Pie with some grilled veggies using the Double/Single Grill mode for about 15mins, season with some salt & pepper to taste.

I received a different loan oven from Panasonic, however the older model work just as well, only that the oven mode takes a longer time to cook. Program MicroPower to adjust the high, medium, low power.

The Panasonic microwave oven comes with 3 trays, grilling, baking and for waterbath. It also has a container below the appliance for storing water to use the steaming mode. There is also a quick easy guideline paste on the machine for your easy usage on the preset mode.
Panasonic Microwave Oven

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