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Old 04-17-2010, 03:57 AM
 
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About 25 years ago, I was served a school lunch of something called "Farmer Jones". It was some kind of meat (I assume ground beef) with a scoop of mashed potatoes on top of it. I didn't know what it was before I got this thing and it didn't meet my culinary expectations so I just cried, which caused a scene and the school never served the dish again.

I look online and there's no mention of such a dish. I see some mentions of meat loaf being served with a scoop of mashed potatoes on top but it's not really called anything that I see.

Has anybody heard of this then? As unpalatable as I still find the dish, I'd hate to think that I killed a really local (confined to the school cafeteria) delicacy.
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Old 04-17-2010, 04:06 AM
 
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Throw in some veggies and bake it and it sounds like the even poorer man's version of shepherd or cottage pie. Personally, it sounds good to me - what's not to like? Meat + potato = classic yum.

What country or state in the US was it? That might help with your search.

I googled "farmer jones recipe" and the first response was a recipe for a baked dish with ground beef, rice (instead of potatoes), and cheese. The off-putting thing was that the ground meat was pureed - that'd make it too much like dog food, IMO. Maybe that was part of your issue with it as a kid?
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Old 04-17-2010, 06:50 AM
 
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Legin, I wouldn't worry if I were you. One kid isn't gonna change their meal plans or they would only be able to serve cookies and ice cream.

It is hard to say what the dish was actually supposed to be, school lunches weren't exactly "identifiable". Could have been something made up by one of the cooks, too.

It must have been bad if you still remember it after 25yrs!
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Old 04-17-2010, 06:54 AM
 
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I'm impressed that your crying got the school to throw out the recipe!

Shepard's pie is ground beef in a gravy, topped with mashed potatoes. There are different variations of it, with veggies sometimes added to the ground beef and gravy. We like to keep ours simple with just meat/onions/garlic/corn/mushrooms.
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:57 PM
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I thought shepherd's pie, too, though that originated with mutton not beef. Note a shepherd herds sheep, not cattle.

About you're unhappy lunch, maybe some not so inventive kitchen staff had to work with what food was available that day.
School food can be scary. Thank goodness you survived.
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Old 04-17-2010, 01:04 PM
 
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Yep, shepherds pie is made with lamb, traditionally - and cottage pie is basically the same thing but with beef. Not being a stickler - I don't care what anyone calls it but some people do (or would be confused by the different meats). Personally, I love a traditional shepherds pie - mmmmm laaaaamb
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Old 04-17-2010, 01:09 PM
 
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Whatever was served at school was 100% better than what our mother cooked at home-now that was scarring and repulsive-still is.
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:35 PM
 
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We always called ground beef served on top of or under mashed potatoes Depression Dinner. It's good though. I made some last week, although I stir it all up together, with peas and it was great.
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Old 04-17-2010, 05:41 PM
 
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You cried and caused a scene over an entree in the cafeteria? Jeeze...
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Old 04-17-2010, 06:16 PM
 
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Yep, shepherds pie is made with lamb, traditionally - and cottage pie is basically the same thing but with beef. Not being a stickler - I don't care what anyone calls it but some people do (or would be confused by the different meats). Personally, I love a traditional shepherds pie - mmmmm laaaaamb
Yes you are so right-I would love to do lamb but my husband doesn't like lamb.

I do- lean ground beef-with onions and garlic-sauteed with a little flour then add beef broth, a little ketchup and Worcestershire -add mixed veggies-then top with mashed potatoes on top and bake-can add cheese on top.
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