Monday, May 21, 2007

Shepherd's Pie

I sometimes feel as though I should only have a food blog. Recipes, recipes, and MORE recipes. I love cooking, and I love sharing. This particular recipe can be found on Abondante Living. It's a real hit around here.

Traditional Shepherd’s Pie

Prep time 45 minutes | Total time 1.25 hours | Serves 8
  • 6 large russet potatoes
  • ½ - 1 cup light cream or milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 pound ground lamb or ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ teaspoon of dried rosemary or 1 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme or 1 ½ teaspoons fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • Paprika
  • Cheese (optional)
Peel and cube potatoes. Bring to boil a large pot of water. Add the cubed potatoes and bring back to a boil. Lower heat to medium and simmer potatoes until tender – about 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of cubes.
Meanwhile, sauté the onion, carrots and celery in 3 tablespoons olive oil for about 5 – 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.
Brown the ground lamb or ground beef. Drain and set aside.
Add the flour to the remaining fat left in the sauté pan. Let it cook for 2 – 3 minutes. Then add beef stock, herbs and salt and pepper. Return the meat and sautéed vegetables to gravy mixture. When thickened, pour into a casserole dish.
Use an electric mixer to beat the cooked potatoes. Add the butter and salt and pepper to taste. Add cream or milk until desired consistency.
Cover the meat mixture with the creamed potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika. You can also top the pie with grated parmesan cheese or cheddar cheese.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.


Elise said...

Yummy - I've really always wanted a great shepherd's pie recipe - I've typed this up, printed it out, and filed it away for a cooler day! Thanks!
(By the way, I just love your profile pic - you're so cute!)

Momma Roar said...

Can you believe I've never made shepherd's pie? Now I've got a recommended recipe to try! Thanks!

Kelli said...

Mmm...I'm going to try this, Tracy! It sounds delicious!

Trella said...

Sounds yummy! My family doesn't like Shepherd's Pie, but maybe they will like this.

Beemoosie said...

Sounds yummy!!! I'll have to try this one!!!
LOVE your new colors and pictures!

Christy said...

This is similar to my recipe too...we love it!! I really like that it makes a ton and tastes even better the next day...and the next...and the next...

Did I mention that I don't have to cook for days afterwards? LOL

Ruth said...

Shepherd's pie is one of our favorite meals. However, I cheat with (gasp!) instant potatoes. LOL!!