Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sheppard's Pie! Beef or lamb? Success!

I'm told originally Shepard's pie was made with ground lamb.

Beef version also known as Cottage Pie!

EASY QUICK SAVE TIME SUGGESTION 😊😊😊USE Store bought refrigerated mashed potatoes!!

Here's today's dish of Sheppard's pie!!!  This time added the peas since the fussy grandsons aren't visiting.  Delicious and filling.  An all in one meal.

 This is a re-post of a great recipe as well as a great family meal.  I was at our local grocery store today and saw where they had already prepared Shepard's Pie and were giving out samples.  My recipe beats theirs hands down.  If you haven't tried my recipe yet today's the day to give it a whirl. 

Happy Cooking!

 I have always wanted to make Sheppard's Pie.  I saw this recipe on a Delicious Dining Calendar and it looked so appealing I decided to give it a try.  Loaded with lots of veggies and darn right tasty this meal is quite filling and loaded with calories. Feel free to cut down on some of the calories by using ground turkey or chicken. A great comfort food meal!  

Happy Baking and Cooking!  Enjoy.......

2 1/2 lbs. potatoes, peeled and cubed
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
2 carrots peeled and chopped
1 onion finely diced
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup beef broth
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 cup frozen peas thawed
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup half and half
1/2 tsp. paprika

While potatoes are boiling* see note; heat oil in large skillet, brown beef and season with salt and pepper.  Brown and crumble meat. Add carrot and onion; cook 5 minutes. stirring frequently.  Drain off any oil..In a small skillet over medium heat melt butter and add  flour whisking together until mixture starts to simmer, about  2 minutes.  Whisk in broth and Worcestershire sauce.  Cook to thicken about 1 minute.  Stir in peas to thickened gravy.

* Note eliminate this step if using refrigerated pre cooked mashed potatoes. (Makes it really super easy)!!!add softened cream cheese to warm potatoes and mix well before laying on top of warmed meat mixture.

  Drain potatoes and pour into bowl.  Add cream cheese and half and half.  Mash with a masher until potatoes are almost smooth.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Heat broiler to high.  Fill a medium casserole dish with meat and vegetable gravy mixture.  Spread potatoes evenly over top.  Sprinkle potatoes with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat for 2 -3 minutes.  Serve hot. Great comfort food!

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