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On a recent Monday off, I was taking a little bit of ‘me’ time and watching some of the morning talk shows. None of them really interest me so I was ‘channel surfing’ when I came across a show called The Chew and they were cooking. Cooking peaks my interest every time, so I stopped and was ‘treading’ for a while! The recipe they were sharing was all cooked in a cast iron skillet….I love one pot meals! It sounded so yummy that I knew I’d be testing it. The next night Keith and I made this recipe and it was yummier than I thought.

I feel like I need to share it!

Michael Symon’s Cast Iron Port Pie

2 lbs. ground pork (I used Italian Sausage since that is what I had)

½ lb. bacon (cut into pieces)

½ cup celery leaves

½ cup fresh parsley

1 cup chopped celery

2 large onions (I used green onions)

2 cloves garlic

Pinch of cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

Large pinch of salt

1 cup cheddar cheese grated (I used a Mexican mix I had)

2 cups of Kale (chopped)

3 Cups of mashed potatoes (I got these started ahead of time)

Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 450

In the cast iron skillet brown the bacon and pork (sausage) and remove from pan.

Add a drizzle of olive oil if you don’t have enough bacon/pork grease…and add onions, celery (not the celery leaves), garlic, kale, cinnamon, salt, pepper, nutmeg and sweat (really? (LOL—not you, the items in the pan!) for 2 minutes.
Then add the pork and bacon back in with a splash of water. Stir to combine.

Stir in the celery leaves and parsley. Stir to combine.

Spread the mashed potatoes over this mixture and sprinkle with the grated cheese.

Bake until brown, 15-20 minutes, it’s already hot…you are just browning the potatoes.

I should mention that my cast iron skillet isn’t large enough to cook all this in, so I did it in a larger pan and then poured it into my skillet. I also heated the skillet in the oven for about 15 minutes before I poured everything in.

I am not sure how it is with just plain pork…but it was amazing with the Italian sausage.

Let me know if you like it!


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