Shepherd’s Pie for Two

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This Shepherd’s Pie for Two is a delicious one dish recipe, and just the right amount for two people. It does require a little time to put it all together but it is well worth the effort.

I used frozen peas and carrots in this recipe and cooked them from the frozen state and it worked out real well.

Shepherd’s Pie for Two
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pound potatoes peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter (divided)
  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 12 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 large garlic clove (minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Place potatoes in a medium sauce pan covered with water and 1 tablespoon of salt. Cook until tender; drain. Add the half and half and 4 tablespoons of butter to the potatoes and mash until smooth. Cover and set aside.
  2. Using the remaining tablespoon of butter in a 10 inch skillet cook the onion, peas, and carrots, until softened. Add the ground beef, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and cook breaking burger up until burger is no longer pink inside.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, and thyme; cook until fragrant (about 1 minute) stir in the flour and cook for 1 more minute. Mix in the broth, wine, and soy sauce and cook until mixture is slightly thickened.
  4. Spoon dollops of mashed potatoes over the top and spread it out in a layer over the filling. Drag fork tines over the top to create the ridges.
  5. Place oven on broil and move skillet to the oven, about 5 inches from the element, broil until potato topping is golden brown.

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Adapted from Cooks Country

Salisbury Steak for Two Recipe

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This is a simple and delicious Salisbury Steak recipe using just the right amount of ingredients for two. This recipe doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and cooks quickly so you can have supper on the table in less than an hour.

Salisbury Steak for Two Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons instant potato flakes
  • 8 ounces 90 percent lean ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup thinly sliced onion
  • 8 ounces portabella mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix together the milk and potato flakes. Using your hands mix in the ground beef, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper; form meat mixture into 2 patties about ½ inch thick.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a nonstock skillet over medium heat. Brown patties on both sides and set aside on a plate.
  3. Add a tablespoon of butter to the skillet and the onions; cook until onions start to brown. Add the mushrooms and ¾ teaspoon of salt and cook until mushrooms have given up their moisture and are tender. Stir in the flour and tomato paste and cook for about 2 minutes. Slowly mix in the broth and sherry. Return the patties to the skillet, cover, bring to a simmer, and cook covered for 5 minutes. Flip patties and continue cooking covered until patties are done. (160F)
  4. Remove steaks to a platter and lightly cover with aluminum foil to keep warm. Continue cooking sauce until slightly thickened – salt and pepper to taste and pour sauce over steaks.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Teriyaki Chicken for Two

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This Teriyaki Chicken for Two recipe was adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for two cookbook. I found their procedure for crisping the chicken pretty unique. They weighted the chicken down by placing a large pot on top of the chicken weighted with 2 (14-15- ounce cans of whatever you may have on hand). The chicken browns evenly, and is nice and crisp.

This recipe is quick and simple to prepare and doesn’t require that many ingredients; my wife absolutely loved the sauce.

Teriyaki Chicken for Two
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon cornstarch
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Cover the bottom of a large sauce pan with aluminum foil using enough foil to bring the edges to the top to secure it. Place 2 cans 14 – 15 ounces each inside the pan for weight. (I lightly sprayed the bottom of the aluminum foil with cooking spray).
  2. Trim any excess skin and fat off the chicken and salt and pepper to taste. In a nonstick skillet using the oil over medium high heat place chicken in the skillet skin side down, and then place the weighted pan on top of the chicken. Cook for 10 minutes or until skin is nicely browned and crispy. Flip chicken and continue cooking until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 175F; remove from skillet and set aside on a plate and then remove any fat left in the skillet.
  3. While the chicken is cooking in a bowl whisk together the sugar, soy sauce, mirin, garlic, red pepper flakes, and cornstarch until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into the skillet and bring to a simmer and then place the chicken in the skillet skin side up. Cook until sauce thickens and turns glossy, and then turn the chicken in the sauce to evenly coat.
  4. Serve hot.

 

Slow Cooker Southern Style Chicken and Dirty Rice for Two

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If you’re cooking for two this is a great recipe to free up some time by using the slow cooker. There is only about 15 minutes of prep time and 4 – 5 hours of cooking time. It’s a great way to free up an afternoon, and because it’s a one dish recipe supper will be ready to serve.

Slow Cooker Southern Style Chicken and Dirty Rice for Two
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces of kielbasa sausage (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cooks cooked rice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 green onions (sliced thin)
Instructions
  1. Spray slow cooker on bottom and sides with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium size microwavable bowl mix together the kielbasa, onion, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, and thyme. Microwave for 5 minutes stirring a couple of times while cooking; place in slow cooker.
  3. Add the rice and mix in ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add the thighs into the slow cooker mixture.
  4. Slow cook for 4 – 5 hours until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 185F. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and using 2 forks separate chicken into bite size pieces. Stir the chicken and green onions into the rice mixture, salt and pepper to taste and serve hot. Enjoy

 

Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook