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Shepard's Pie

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  • Brief Description

    The Best Classic Shepherd's Pie - AKA Shepards Pie or Cottage Pie. Ground Beef (or lamb) with vegetables in a rich gravy, topped with cheesy mashed potatoes and baked.

  • Main Ingredient

    Beef and Potatoes

  • Category:  Beef

  • Cuisine:  Irish

  • Prep Time:  30 min(s)

  • Cook Time:  60 min(s)

  • Recipe Type:  Public

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    Large groups Vegan

  • Notes:

    To make this vegan, use plant based butter in the potatoes and replace the beef with 1 pound of dried lentils and add 2 cup of liquid vegetable stock in place of beef broth.

  • Posted By:  morethanso

  • Posted On:  Aug 23, 2021

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  1. 2 tablespoons - Olive oil
  2. 1 cups - Onion chopped
  3. 1 pounds - Ground beef
  4. 2 teaspoons - Parsley
  5. 2 teaspoons - Italian Seasoning
  6. 1/2 teaspoons - Salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoons - Pepper
  8. 1 tablespoons - Worcestershire Suace
  9. 2 whole - Garlic Cloves
  10. 1 teaspoons - Garlic Powder
  11. 1 teaspoons - Onion Powder
  12. 2 tablespoons - Flour
  13. 2 tablespoons - Tomato Paste
  14. 1 cups - Beef Broth
  15. 1 cans - White Corn
  16. 2 whole - Carrots diced
  17. 2 pounds - Russet Potatoes
  18. 8 tablespoons - Butter
  19. 1/3 cups - Milk
  20. 1 teaspoons - Salt
  21. 1 teaspoons - Pepper


Make the Meat Filling.
1. Add the oil to a large skillet and place it over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the onions. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Add the ground beef (or ground lamb) to the skillet and break it apart with a wooden spoon. Add the parsley, rosemary, thyme, salt, and and pepper. Stir well.
3. Cook for 6-8 minutes, until the meat is browned, stirring occasionally.
4. Add the Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute.
5. Add the flour and tomato paste. Stir until well incorporated and no clumps of tomato paste remain.
6. Add the broth, frozen peas and carrots, and frozen corn. Bring the liquid to a boil then reduce to simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
7. Set the meat mixture aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Make the potato topping.
1. Place the potatoes in a large pot. Cover the potatoes with water. Bring the water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are fork tender, 10-15 minutes.
2. Drain the potatoes in a colander. Return the potatoes to the hot pot. Let the potatoes rest in the hot pot for 1 minute to evaporate any remaining liquid.
3. Add butter, half & half, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mash the potatoes and stir until all the ingredients are mixed together.
4. Add the parmesan cheese to the potatoes. Stir until well combined.
Assemble the casserole.
5. Pour the meat mixture into a 9x9 (or 7x11) inch baking dish. Spread it out into an even layer. Spoon the mashed potatoes on top of the meat. Carefully spread into an even layer.

If the baking dish looks very full, place it on a rimmed baking sheet so that the filling doesn’t bubble over into your oven. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes.
** Cool for 15 minutes before serving.


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