I love recipes that happen by accident. My semi-homemade pot roast shepherd’s pie recipe is one of those serendipitous food moments!
This is how it happened. So we’ve been BJ’s Wholesale Club members for… oh I think my parents joined like the minute they first opened their doors in Connecticut decades ago. So naturally, when I got married, I had to have a membership too! BJ’s asked me to share some holiday entertaining and wholesale club buying tips with my readers. Which is easy, because, I am there shopping several times a month. (I discovered I loved grocery shopping around week one of marriage!).
Anyway, this week I hosted our Classical Conversation video viewing night, so I had to prepare for a bunch of moms to come to the house, eat, and watch videos!
With all that goes on this time of year, I decided homemade everything simply wouldn’t work. So I decided to check out the ready-to-go options at BJ’s. I figured with a few frozen apps, some fresh made sides, and desserts, I could get dinner and snacks on the table with minimal effort. Right!? Right!
Since the theme was “pie” for our video night, I grabbed a yummy looking blueberry pie, and then some frozen mini quiches – because quiche is like pie, right? Anyway, they were delicious little bites!
I was going to make Shepherd’s Pie for dinner, then I spied this savory prepared pot roast and had a brain-child: Pot Roast Shepherd’s Pie!? Could it be done!? YES! I just grabbed a few ready-made items, plus organic produce and had all the makings of an easy meal for company!
My Semi-Homemade Pot Roast Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
- 1 Wellesley Farms Pot Roast
- 1 Wellesely Farms Mashed Potatoes
- 1 bag organic carrots
- 1 bag frozen organic peas
- 2 T butter, softened for spreading
- Remove pot roast from inner bag and pour juices into a 13x9 baking dish. Chop pot roast into 1/2 inch chunks and layer into pan.
- Meanwhile, peel and slice carrots into rounds, and parboil them a few minutes until crisp-tender. Layer over pot roast.
- Spread a cup of frozen peas over carrots.
- Using a spatula, spread mashed potatoes over all. Go gently as the potatoes can be firm out of the package but soft up as you spread them.
- Spread softened butter over the top of the potatoes.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until heated through. All the food is technically cooked already so you don't have to worry about that.
Serve immediately! The gravy in the pot roast makes this dish delicious!
For the rest of our meal, I picked up a new Berkley Jensen lazy susan piece that I know I’ll use every day! The wooden base could be used alone, but it looks stunning with the five separate plates on top. BJ’s had a ton of white serve ware pieces like side dish bowls, ceramic trays, or tiered buffets that would be a great complement to any dish set and help you serve up your holiday parties in style! Or they’d make great gifts too!
In the lazy susan, I piled on pre-sliced cheese, crackers, organic grapes, and the baked quiches to round out the meal.
I even quickly pulled together BJ’s own recipe for Brown Butter Pecan Green Beans. With pre-snipped organic green beans, this side dish comes together in a snap!
All told, I spent maybe an hour getting the whole meal ready. That’s it! And very minimal clean up after prep! Now that’s my kind of party!
Tips for shopping a wholesale store
Here’s just a few suggestions for you!
- Make a list! It’s not exactly like running to your local corner store. Wholesale clubs are huge! You’ll want to plan your shopping and make your list around the way the store is set up, so you’re not walking back and forth because you forgot something!
- Take advantage of coupons. BJ’s accepts manufacturer’s coupons AND offers their own in-house coupons (which make more sense for the pricing of bulk items!).
- Get your meat custom cut. You may shy away from those gigantic cuts of meat at a wholesale club – but don’t! Ask the butcher to recut and repackage to your liking – at no extra charge. Then these regular portioned sizes can easily go into the freezer at home.
- Buy your gas at BJ’s. No question the gas prices at BJ’s are the lowest I’ve ever seen around here. I always marvel aloud at it, so now my boys ask me to read them the price every time we drive by! Ha!
- Get all the extra perks. Membership alone helps you save money through bulk pricing. But there’s also BJ’s Perks and Rewards memberships and credit cards that allow you to earn 2-5% cash back on all purchases, plus % back on outside purchases, plus 10 cents off gas! (fee applies).
I hope you enjoy my semi-homemade pot roast pot pie recipe! Bring it to your next party or just make it for an easy dinner! Don’t forget to check out the pretty serve ware BJ’s has for your entertaining needs!
Do you shop wholesale? Tell me your tips and recipes!
This post is sponsored by BJ’s and I was compensated for sharing this message. All opinions are my own.