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Easy Shepherd's Pie


This was actually my first time to make Shepherd's Pie. I tend to make Corned Beef Brisket for St. Patrick's Day. In fact, there is one in my slow cooker while I'm writing this. But I've wanted to try this ever since I featured the recipe here >. It's such an easy and inexpensive dish to make, and it tastes so delicious.

Though if what I've read is correct, this would technically be called cottage pie, because I made it with beef. A traditional Shepherd's Pie calls for ground lamb. Well, I'd much rather eat a cow than a lamb, so...to each his own.

It's really such a versatile dish. You can add in any veggies you want. I know a lot of versions call for mixed veggies, including peas and corn. I stuck with carrots, celery, and onion.


INGREDIENTS

Meat Filling
  • 1 & 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 cups diced veggies (I used carrots, celery, and onion)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp ground sage
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mashed Potatoes Topping
  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold or Honey Gold potatoes
  • 1 stick of butter 
  • 1 cup milk or cream 
  • 1 egg yolk

INSTRUCTIONS

1. I improvised and made the meat part of this in a super-easy one pot method, which I'm sure you'll appreciate. I coated the bottom on the pan with oil, added the veggies and broth, then put the meat on top, added the spices and Worcestershire sauce, and covered and cooked on medium heat until it browned. Then I stirred it all up, drained out the excess juices, added a bit more seasoning to taste, and let it slow simmer for about an hour while I boiled and mashed the potatoes.

You don't have to slow simmer it that long, or at all really, but it does make for a very flavorful dish. For the mashed potatoes, I highly recommend using golden potatoes. They make for a creamier and more buttery flavor than white potatoes, and best of all, you don't need to peel them!

2. Drain the meat one more time, though I purposely left in a little bit of the juices for flavor. Spread evenly on the bottom of a large baking dish and sprinkle with some more salt and pepper if you like.

3. Spoon the mashed potatoes over the meat and use a rubber spatula to spread evenly. You want to spread it all the way to outside edges to create a bit of a seal over the meat. Use a fork to score a swirly design over the top. It isn't just for looks; it makes for a crispier texture on top. You could further enhance that by drizzling oil or melted butter over the top.

4. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes or until the top is a nice golden brown. 

This is such an inexpensive, hearty, and delicious dish; and it's quite easy to make. I encourage you to try it anytime, but especially for St. Patrick's Day! Serve it up with a really good Irish or Scottish beer. Ken and I recently tried Innis & Gunn and really liked it. Well, I hope you have a great St. Patty's Day! There are plenty of links below if you need any recipes or party ideas. Cheers!


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Comments

  1. It sounds rather similar to the way my mother made it.

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  2. I love shepherd's pie! It's one of my favorites.

    But even with your recipe, I'd manage to ruin it!

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