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On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me 4 calling birds...which inspired me to make this Cajun Shepherd's Pie.
When we were thinking of what to do about 4 calling birds we looked up what calling birds were. Turns out that's what black birds used to be called. This reminded me of the nursery rhyme "4 and 20 blackbirds baked in a pie." So immediately I thought of blackened chicken pot pie.
But after doing much research and being inspired by Tiffany-Anne Parkes recipe for Jerk Chicken Shepherd's pie, I decided a Cajun Shepherd's Pie would be the best approach.
The recipe I came up with is so delicious. And although it's not true shepherd's pie because it uses chicken instead of lamb, it's still shepherd's pie-esque. The spice level from the Cajun Spice mix had the perfect amount of heat for me. The sweetness of the sweet potato mash pairs so well with the spicy flavor of the chicken. But my favorite part of the dish is the andouille cream sauce. It is amazing and was largely inspired by chef Antony Field, though my recipe does differ a bit.
Tips For Making Cajun Shepherd's Pie
I hope you guys enjoy this! It was so fun to come up with and even a better thing to eat. Here's some tips for making it:
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!