One of my husband’s favorite things to eat is Shepard’s Pie. Since it is Friday and he had such a long week at work, I figured he deserved some comfort food. Shepard’s Pie is an English dish but I’m pretty sure my version is straight-up American; being that I use ground beef instead of lamb. It’s a dish that combines meat, veggies, and (my husband’s all-time favorite) MASHED POTATOES! Notice, mashed potatoes was not lumped in with the veggies, in this house it’s a food group of it’s own. Even at our wedding we had a mashed potato bar. To make this savory comfort food you will need:
Shepard’s Pie mixture
- 1 lb ground beef (I use the leanest I can find)
- 1 can beef broth
- 4 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1 large onion, chopped into tiny pieces
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 paprika
- Canned veggies (We use corn, carrots, and peas. Also low sodium is ideal)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
- 1 tablesppon flour
- 1-2 cups milk
- 3-4 peeled, washed, and quartered potatoes
- 1/2-1 stick of butter
- Sprinkle of salt
- Brown ground beef in skillet, drain grease, and return to pan.
- Add onions and garlic to pan, cook with hamburger until onions are clear. If needed add a little beef broth, to cook onions/garlic.
- Add beef broth,ketchup, nutmeg, and paprika. Bring to simmer.
- Once bubbling, add in vegetables. MAKE SURE TO DRAIN THEM FIRST!
- Let them cook for about 2 minutes.
- After the veggies are heated through, add flour and stir. This should give the mixture a thicker consistency. Add flour as needed to get the consistency you want. I like mine to be similar to a runny gravy.
- Layer in a casserole dish once done.
- Preheat oven to 400°.
It should look something like this before you add it to the casserole dish. (This was before I added flour- if you want it really thick you can add cornstarch)
Mashed potatoes and Final Touches:
- Boil quartered potatoes 10-15 minutes until tender.
- Drain water. Return to where ever you will be doing the “mashing.”
- Add in butter, milk, and salt. Mix util nice and creamy.
- Add the potatoes on top on the Shepard’s pie mixture.
- Sprinkle with cheese and paprika if you feeling fancy.
- Bake in oven 30 minutes or until bubbly and top is browned.
That’s it! Dinner is served! This dish is actually pretty easy to make but I have heard of people making it really quick with instant potatoes. Where I come from, there is NO shortcut to potatoes. I am so ashamed for even mentioning the unspeakable-instant potatoes. BUT, whatever floats your boat. I know sometimes even Southern mom’s don’t have time for ALL that. I just know the one thing I can never skip on making homemade is mashed potatoes. A sure way to my man’s heart is through his belly!
What are some of the dishes you make for loved ones? I love finding new tasty dishes.