February 16, 2011

Shepherd's Pie! Yes, it's a Comfort Food Extravaganza!!

So I was checking out some of the cooking websites the other day, and I got all inspired to make Shepherd's Pie. This is a combination of at least three recipes, so don't even try to ask me where any of this came from!


Your basic elements for a shepherd's pie are:

  • 1 lb meat
  • 4 cups veggies
  • 1 cup of liquid (including gravy), and
  • 2 cups of mashed potatoes for the crust.
After that, you can pretty much make it your own. And I did!

On to the recipe...

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups potatoes (If you're in a hurry, you can use instant, but this should amount to about 2-4 potatoes), roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 2-4 sprigs fresh, or 1-2 tsp dried rosemary (If using fresh rosemary, chop it up finely.)
  • ½ cup milk, ¾ cup sour cream, or 4 oz (light) cream cheese
  • ¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1 lb ground meat of your choice
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cups frozen mixed veggies
  • ¾ cup beef or chicken broth OR 1 cup beef gravy
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup or tomato paste
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme (de-stemmed), or 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Paprika for sprinkling
  • 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • OPTIONAL: sliced mushrooms
  • OPTIONAL: ½ cup red or white wine


DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat your oven to 375.
  • Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, sauté 2 cloves garlic and 1-2 chopped sprigfuls of rosemary in butter.

  • Drain potatoes. Add dairy products of your choice and butter mixture.

  • Mash the potatoes, and set aside.

  • Brown meat, 1-2 cloves garlic, and onions. Drain meat.
  • Add veggies and cook until they are thawed.

  • If you are using wine, add wine and let it reduce for a few minutes.
  • Add broth and/or beef gravy.

  • Add the rest of the herbs and spices, along with the ketchup/tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well. Cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Spoon meat mixture into a casserole dish. Cover with potatoes.
  • Make it pretty.

  • Bake for 15-18 minutes.


  • Add cheese to the top of the casserole, sprinkle with paprika, and bake for 2-5 minutes more (or until the cheese melts.)


  • Try to restrain yourself from eating the whole thing. (It's THAT good!)


Makes 6-8 servings

Enjoy!

1 comment:

Julie {isCocoandCocoa} said...

Mmm, Shepherd's Pie. I have a recipe that uses ground turkey and smoky paprika that is really good.