Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Nerfherd's Pie
by Kidan, Diana

On mountainous Alderaan, herders would tend to the livestock climbing the hills or roaming the skies. Most notable of the animals were thrantas — which were so large that they could be used as personal or public flying transports (akin to ferries) — and large horned nerfs. The latter were stubborn creatures grown for their milk, meat, fiber, and hides, and were notable for their shaggy appearance and strong odor.

The thranta herders were a more elegant breed, in keeping with the elevated purpose and skills required for tending this animal. In contrast, the ground-bound nerf herders were rather "low" in class, education, etc. and were reputed to be as scruffy, dirty, smelly, independent, and recalcitrant as the animals they tended.

Thus Princess Leia called Han Solo a "scruffy-looking nerf herder" in anger, and he never let her forget it! Even after they'd married, he'd remind her that she had chosen a life with a scruffy nerf herder; he'd even looked up a recipe for this rustic all-in-one comfort food dish said to be made by the long-suffering wives of the herders on Alderaan. He'd jazz it up with a shot of Whyren's Reserve, "Just to make it dainty enough for Your Highnessness," he'd comment as he served it.

To her credit, Leia would smile sweetly and apologize — again and again — for the words spat out in anger and frustration so many years ago. But that's probably because Han wouldn't serve her favorite dinner pie till she did!

  • 1 lb / 450 g uncooked ground beef (or any ground meat)
  • 8 to 12 oz (225 to 325 g) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 x 8 oz / 225 g can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch dillweed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whiskey
  • 1 to 1½ cups of grated cheese, any type you prefer
  • 4 large or 6 smaller potatoes, peeled
Heat oven to 325°F / 165°C.

Peel and cube the potatoes, and place in a pot of cold water. Put the lid on the pot and boil till fork-tender. Drain the potatoes and mash. Set aside.

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef till cooked all the way through. Drain the fat from the skillet and discard the grease. Add the vegetables and tomato sauce to the cooked meat and cook to a simmer.

In a casserole dish, pour out the meat mixture and level it out. Cover over with mashed potatoes. Cover completely, but do not smooth it out — you can rough up the surface with a fork (so it looks scruffy, of course!). Spread grated cheese over the potatoes.

Place the casserole in the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or till the top is browned.

Serves 6.

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