In my house, food presentation doesn’t mean squat; as long as it tastes good, it doesn’t matter what it looks like. With my husband’s gluten-free diet and my own dairy-free needs, it can be tricky sometimes. But I’ve played around with some foods that are easy to throw together and have dubbed them “food piles.” Essentially, tasty foods thrown together sort-of like a casserole, but better.
Last night we had Potato Pile and it usually goes something like this:
- baked potatoes, chopped open and dobbed with oil spread
Then topped with any assortment of the following:
- ground beef, turkey
- meat chunks like ham, sausage
- steamed vegetables like broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, parsnips, green beans etc.
- other toppings like olives, chives
- cheese, if dairy’s not an issue
Then a cream sauce poured over. It’s more specific:
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup mayo
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup flour (we use GF)
- 3 – 5 Tablespoons of oil spread
- pepper to taste
You can play with the quantities a little to get a thicker or thinner sauce. I hardly ever measure them at all but just eye-ball it and it works fine. Then whisk over medium heat until it thickens. Immediately pour it over your potato pile and enjoy!
I never make a “pile” or casserole and then bake it further if everything is already hot or freshly cooked, seems a waste of time.
Sometimes I serve this with chicken or fish and just leave out the meat topping. So it’s easy to mix and match what you want, but I think the sauce is the key.