Homemade Organic Fresh Take Cottage Pie

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

To Make the Mashed Potatoes:

  1. Rinse the potatoes thoroughly under cold running water; Chop the potatoes into cubes of the same size.
  2. In a stock pot, bring 4 quarts of unchlorinated and unfluoridated water to a boil; Add the cubed potatoes and cook for 20 minutes, or until fork tender then strain the potatoes reserving the cooking water.
  3. Place the cooked potatoes, butter, 1 cup reserved potato cooking water, and the cheese blend from the Homemade Organic Copycat Kraft Fresh Take Rosemary and Garlic recipe into a medium mixing bowl; Mash until well combined and smooth, adding additional potato water if necessary.

To Make the Beef Stew:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  2. Meanwhile, start defrosting the meat mix:  Pour 1/4 cup water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen meat mix, carrots and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces.  Add the garlic (if using); Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Add the flour, salt, parsley, rosemary, thyme, ground peppercorns and sage to the beef mixture and stir until well combined.
  4. Add the peas, green beans, beef stock and vegetable stock, stir until thoroughly combined; Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened and bubbly.

To assemble the casserole:

  1. Place the beef stew mixture in the bottom of an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish.
  2. Carefully top the stew mixture with the potato mixture.
  3. Sprinkle the breadcrumb and seasoning blend from the Homemade Organic Copycat Fresh Take Rosemary and Garlic recipe on top of the casserole.
  4. Bake at 375° Fahrenheit for 35 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly around the edges and the breadcrumbs are a light golden brown.
  5. Enjoy!


Homemade Organic Baked Chicken Nuggets with Herbs and Parmigiano

The seasoning blend is from Rachael Ray and it’s delicious; I adapted her recipe to make it organic and baked instead of pan-fried.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

For the breading:

  • 2 cups Homemade Organic Herbed Breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup freshly-grated organic Parmegiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. organic dried thyme; OR 6 sprigs or stems fresh organic thyme leaves, stripped and chopped, 2 to 3 tablespoons
  • 1 Tbsp. organic dried rosemary; OR 6 sprigs fresh organic rosemary leaves, finely chopped, 3 tablespoons
  • 2 Tbsp. organic dried parsley flakes; OR 2 handfuls chopped organic flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp. organic granulated garlic; OR 4 organic garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon organic crushed red pepper flakes

For the nuggets:

  • 3 cups unchlorinated and unfluoridated water
  • 2 Tbsp. Real Salt
  • 6 organic pastured chicken breasts, skinned and boned
  • breading mix (see above)
  • 1 cup [1 stick] organic pasture butter
  • 1/2 cup organic schmaltz (or additional organic pasture butter)
  • Real Salt, to season chicken
  • freshly ground organic peppercorn blend, to season chicken
  • 1 cup organic unbleached white flour

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450° Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into 1″ squares and place into a medium stainless-steel bowl with the water and 2 Tbsp. Real Salt; Allow to soak in the brine for 30 minutes to an hour, then pat dry before setting aside.
  3. Warm the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; keep it on low to stay liquefied.
  4. Season chicken tenders with pepper; Wash hands thoroughly in warm-hot water.
  5. Place flour in a shallow dish.
  6. Keep the melted butter in the saucepan and use it as your second dish.
  7. In a third dish, combine the breading ingredients.
  8. Coat chicken in flour, then in the melted butter, then in the breading mixture.
  9. Place the nuggets onto a cookie sheet;  Wash hands thoroughly in warm-hot water.
  10. Bake the nuggets for 5-6 minutes; Flip the nuggets and bake for 5-6 more minutes, or until golden brown on each side.
  11. Wrap 20-25 nuggets in unbleached parchment paper, then once again in aluminum foil.  Write the date you made them on the foil in permanent marker and freeze for up to 3 months.
  12. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Spicy Breakfast Sausage

I have adapted Alton Brown’s recipe to be organic and have the option use ground pork from the store or dried herbs.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2-1/2 lbs. pastured organic pork butt, diced into 1/2″ pieces (If you don’t have a meat grinder, use 3 lbs. pastured organic ground pork instead of the butt and fat.)
  • 1/2 lb. pastured organic pork fat, diced into 1/2″ pieces
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic sage leaves; OR 2/3 tsp. organic rubbed sage
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic thyme leaves; OR 2/3 tsp. organic dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic rosemary leaves; OR 1/8 tsp. crushed dry organic rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. organic light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated organic nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. organic cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. organic red pepper flakes

Here’s How I do it:

Using a Meat Grinder:

  1. Combine the diced pork with all other ingredients and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Using the fine blade of a grinder, grind the pork.
  3. Form into 1-inch rounds with your hands.
  4. Refrigerate and use within 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
  5. For immediate use, saute patties over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan. Saute until brown and cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Using Ground Pork:

  1. Combine the ground pork with all other ingredients and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Form into 1-inch rounds with your hands.
  3. Refrigerate and use within 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. For immediate use, saute patties over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan. Saute until brown and cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

How to Freeze Sausage Patties:

  1. Roll the raw sausage into a log that is 1-1/2 ” in diameter. (Alternatively, you can roll the sausage into 1-inch rounds with your hands and freeze them individually before proceeding to the next step.)
  2. Wrap the sausage in parchment paper; Wrap again in aluminum foil.
  3. Write the date  on the foil that you made the sausage.
  4. Unwrap the packaging and slice while frozen.
  5. Cook the frozen sausage patties

Homemade Organic Ground Beef Seasoning

This recipe was adapted from Paul Prodhomme.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3-1/4 tsp. organic granulated onion
  • 3-1/4 tsp. organic granulated garlic
  • 3-1/4 tsp. organic dried oregano leaves
  • 3 tsp. freshly ground organic white peppercorns
  • 2-1/2 tsp. organic dried thyme leaves
  • 2-1/2 tsp. organic ground yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp. freshly ground organic black peppercorns

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Transfer to a glass jar with a tight fitting lid, or a spice jar.
  3. This recipe yields a little over 1/2 cup.
  4. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Freezer Italian Ground Sausage Mix

Use one pint of this mix instead of 1 lb. loose Italian sausage in recipes.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3 lbs. organic pastured ground pork
  • 3 organic pasture eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. organic red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1 tsp. organic freshly-ground peppercorn blend
  • 12 sprigs organic Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely minced OR 1 Tbsp. plus 1-1/2 tsp. organic dried parsley flakes
  • 1 small organic garlic bulb, peeled and minced [ approx 9-12 organic garlic cloves]
  • 3 Tbsp. minced organic fresh basil leaves OR 1 Tbsp. organic dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp. organic ground paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. organic red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. organic fennel seeds
  • 3/4 tsp. organic brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. organic dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. organic dried thyme
  • 2 cups Homemade Organic Soft Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup chopped organic celery
  • 1 cup chopped organic yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped organic carrot
  • 1 cup chopped organic green bell pepper

Here’s How I do it:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs slightly.
  2. In a large stainless steel mixing bowl, combine the ground pork, red wine vinegar, eggs, ground peppercorn blend, parsley, minced garlic, paprika, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, fennel seeds, brown sugar, oregano, and thyme; DO NOT smash the meat as it will make it a weird texture, instead pull the meat apart gently and mix carefully with your fingers.
  3. Cover and refrigerate the sausage mixture for 24 hours.
  4. Gently mix in celery, onion, carrot, bell pepper and breadcrumbs into the sausage mixture.
  5. Cook half of the mixture in a large skillet or the bottom of a wide stockpot until the meat is lightly browned; Repeat with remaining half of mixture.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool; Measure into 2-cup portions (wide-mouth pint jars with tight-fitting lids) and freeze.
  7. Yields 7 pints of mix.
  8. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Apple and Herb Pork Chops

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 6 organic pastured pork chops
  • 1 tsp. organic dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. organic dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. organic dried marjoram
  • 4 medium organic tart apples, cut into 1″ dice
  • 1 large organic red onion, cut into 1″ dice
  • 3 Tbsp. organic brown sugar
  • 1 cup organic 100% apple juice

Here’s  How I do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  3. Sear the pork chops for 5 minutes on each side; Remove from heat.
  4. Arrange the onion and apple pieces all around the pork chops.
  5. Carefully pour in the apple juice.
  6. Sprinkle the herbs and brown sugar on top.
  7. Cover the Dutch oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  8. Remove the pork chops and place on a warm serving platter.
  9. Bring the juices to a boil in the Dutch oven; Reduce by half.
  10. Serve the pork chops with the reduction sauce.
  11. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Tbsp. organic dried minced onion
  • 2 tsp. organic dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp. organic ground allspice
  • 1 tsp. organic freshly ground peppercorn blend
  • 1/2 tsp. organic ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. organic ground cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp. Real Salt

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid; Shake until blended.
  2. Store in the same glass jar or a glass spice jar.
  3. Enjoy!