We all have a few whose smells and textures evoke a cozy, safe, nesting feel. When we walk in a room and smell a meatloaf cooking or apple pie in the oven, they bring back childhood memories.
On The Early Show Tuesday, lifestyle expert Sissy Biggers, of PBS' "Victory Gardens," discussed the psychology of comfort food, and picked five in particular to talk about from a recent about.com survey about peoples' faves.
Biggers' Shepherd's Pie Recipe
1 1/2 pd. ground lamb
3 garlic cloves crushed and chopped
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/3 cup frozen peas
1/3 cup frozen corn
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
1/3 cup currants
two or three squeezes of ketchup
salt and pepper
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
Mashed potatoes (from the prepared food aisle!!) approx two cups
Shredded cheddar or other cheese for extra richness
Brown lamb in skillet with a teaspoon of olive oil until cooked through and slightly brown. It will produce fat and liquid which should be drained off after the meat is done.
In second pan heat olive oil and chopped onions, celery and carrots and garlic and saute until translucent.
Add cooked, drained, ground lamb to the vegetables and combine.
Add 1/4 cup frozen peas
Add 1/4 cup frozen corn
Add 1/3 cup TOASTED pine nuts
Add 1/3 cup currants
Salt and pepper to taste
Sprinkling with two teaspoons ground cinnamon and a grating or two of whole nutmeg.
Whisk one egg and add to meat and vegetable mixture and squeeze several tablespoons ketchup to bind the ingredients.
When cool lay the meat mixture in the bottom of a 9" Pyrex and drop dollops of mashed potatoes on top and spread a think layer of potatoes over meat mixture.
Top with shredded cheese.
Baked in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is heated through.
Add mashed potatoes on top (cut a corner and buy them in the prepared food section.) Can also be topped with cheese.