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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Vintage Thingies Thursday: Shepherd's Pie in Pyrex

Welcome to another edition of Vintage Thingies Thursday! Today I am showcasing my new collection of vintage Pyrex, well at least one piece! And I'm offering up a great recipe to fill your Pyrex or other baking dishes.I've started collecting the Spring Blossom line of Pyrex and the matching dishware by Corelle. I'm a big fan of green (can you tell?) This pattern goes great with my dark red and yellow kitchen. I love the vintage look as well. It's fairly easy to find at yard sales and thrift stores and the prices of the pieces aren't that outrageous.

So check out this yummy Shepherd's Pie in my vintage Pyrex casserole dish. (And be sure to check Pyrex Love for more great vintage Pyrex info).

Shepherd's Pie
from "The Harlow's Bread and Cracker Cookbook" ©1989 (located in Epping, NH)


  • 2 pounds hamburger, ground lamb, or ground turkey (I used 1.4 lbs of local ground moose)
  • 2 medium onions, finely diced (used local onions from a veggie stand on Oak St. in Rochester, NH)
  • 3 TBSP tomato paste
  • Thyme (for beef version) or rosemary (for lamb version) or sage (for turkey version); season to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef stock (chicken stock with ground turkey)
  • 2 cups (or 1 frozen 10-ounce package) whole kernel corn (I used my frozen corn that I sliced off the cob this summer)
  • 2 cup (or 1 frozen 10-ounce package) green peas (I used my local frozen green beans since we prefer that vegetable)
  • 3 pounds potatoes (local from Wally's Farmstand on Rt. 236 in S. Berwick, ME)
  • 2 eggs (local from Elf's Garden Center)
  • 2/3 cup milk (local from Brookford Farm)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Saute the meat with onions. When it is cooked, stir in the tomato paste and herbs, then spread the meat out in a layer in a large (or several small - as I did) casserole dish(es). Make a gravy by cooking the oil and flour together to make a roux, then stirring in the beef stock. Sprinkle the corn and the peas (or veggies of your choice) over the meat, then spoon the gravy over them.

Peel and boil the potatoes, then mash them, whipping in the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper a little at a time. With a cooking spoon or a spatula, spread the mashed potato over the top of the casserole(s) so that it makes a smooth top layer. Just for good looks, mark a cross-hatched pattern in the potato with a fork.

At this point, the casserole(s) can be wrapped and frozen if you are not ready to cook right away. To finish the dish, it may be microwaved or baked in a conventional oven at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes. I prefer to use a conventional oven so that the potatoes crisp up on top. In either case, cook the casserole so taht it is piping hot all the way through.
So there it is! A very yummy casserole to make as the fall season continues to set upon us. Give it a try and feel free to play around with the meat and veggie choices.

Oh and here's a quick picture of my large serving bowl in the coordinating Corelle pattern. The biscuits are beer biscuits, but I refuse to give you the recipe as these things were one big flop! Let's just say they were bland and very rubbery! Just enjoy the pretty picture...

And be sure to stop by Confessions of an Apron Queen for more Vintage Thingies Thursday posts!


Jennifer September 18, 2008 at 12:32 AM  

I have (had maybe?) some of those crazy daisy pieces! Very cool! And thanks for the recipie. I am going to have to try it.

Vintage Mommy September 18, 2008 at 12:37 AM  

Love the Pyrex! I have green, red and accents of yellow in my kitchen, too.

Amy September 18, 2008 at 2:19 AM  

yep I collect Pyrex too, it's hard to get here though but I do hve the same dish as yours in the last photo - I just love Pyrex!

Coloradolady September 18, 2008 at 4:43 AM  

love the pyrex, but the recipe tops it off. will try this for sure. Great post.

sista #2 September 18, 2008 at 7:24 AM  

Love , Love, Love, Pyrex.
Pisses me off when someone tries to sell a piece for $20.00. I use mine everyday.


Grandma Faith September 18, 2008 at 7:39 AM  

When I got married the first time in 1969, we got pyrex like that for a wedding gift. It's all gone now, but I used it all the time back then. I think I have another dish I can make the pie in, though. Thanks for the recipe and the memories.

Anonymous,  September 18, 2008 at 8:40 AM  

What sweet memories they evoke hehehe...I still own a few and wouldn't part with them either!! Thanks for the recipe I lurve sheps pie...yummo!! xx

ellen b September 18, 2008 at 10:23 AM  

Looks like the pyrex that was popular when I got married back in the "vintage years" :0)
Thanks for the fabulous recipe to go with the pyrex. Enjoy the hunt to find more..

Diane September 18, 2008 at 3:37 PM  

You spoil us with a vintage thingy AND a delicious-looking recipe! I have the 4 matching mixing bowls for that set. Cute!

Virginia September 18, 2008 at 3:40 PM  

Oh Diane, I have the matching Cinderella bowls too!! Check this post: http://livinglocalnh.blogspot.com/2008/08/my-new-toy.html

Love the Spring Blossom pattern!

Anonymous,  September 18, 2008 at 9:25 PM  

My mom had a bowl like that. (I'm sure everyone who got married in the 70's did!) That shepherd's pie is making me hungry for something besides a frozen pizza.

Elizabeth September 18, 2008 at 10:17 PM  

I've got the set of Pyrex mixing bowls each in a different color. Your shepherd's pie looks so yummy and comforting in your new casserole dish!

Miri September 19, 2008 at 5:05 PM  

Great Pyrex and Corelle. Thanks for sharing.

Jewelgirl September 19, 2008 at 11:33 PM  

When I see Pyrex colorful dishes,
bowls,casseroles, etc., I buy them. I have to say they're made of a wonderful heavier glass and they LAST forever!

Anonymous,  September 23, 2008 at 5:38 AM  


I love your shepard's pie recipe; it looks so yummy. We haven't had that for a long. It might have to make an appearance on the menu in the future.

My mother in law has 52 year old pyrex dishes she recieved as a wedding gift. All the paint's worn off now, but she uses them all the time and just loves them!

I also just love the older patterns of Corelle wear. I have the old town blue and love it just as much as the day I bought it.

Take Care,


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