HOW I MAKE MY SHEPPERD PIE

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Shepherd’s Pie comes to us from England, and is traditionally made with lamb or mutton. Here in the states we are more of a beef eating culture than a lamb eating one, and when one is served “shepherd’s pie” here, it is most often made with ground beef.

In England (and Australia and New Zealand) they would call the beef dish a “cottage pie” and the lamb dish “shepherd’s pie”.

Regardless of what you call it, a shepherd’s pie is basically a casserole with a layer of cooked meat and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes, and baked in the oven until the the mashed potatoes are well browned.

HERE ARE SOME OF SIMPLE STEPS THAT I MAKE MY SHEPHERD’S PIE

INGREDIENTS

  •  potatoes (about 8 large potatoes), peeled and quartered
  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1-2 cups vegetables—diced carrots, corn, peas,green beans
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground round beef or mince meat
  • Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice
  • 1 or 1/2 cup of full cream milk
  • 1 egg
  • mozzarella cheese
 Boil the potatoes: Place the peeled and quartered potatoes in medium sized pot. Cover with at least an inch of cold water. Add a teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until tender (about 20 minutes.
Sauté vegetables: While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter or vegetable oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until tender, about 6 to 10 minutes.

If you are including vegetables, add them according to their cooking time. Carrots should be cooked with the onions, because they take as long to cook as the onions do.If you are including peas or corn, add them toward the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat starts to cook, as they take very little cooking time

 

Add the ground beef or mince meat: Add ground beef or mince meat to the pan with the onions and vegetables. Cook until no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper.cook it for 6 to 10 minutes

 

Mash the cooked potatoes: When the potatoes are done cooking (a fork can easily pierce), remove them from the pot and place them in a bowl with the remaining 4 Tbsp of butter. Mash with a fork or potato masher, and season with salt and pepper to taste.if you want you can add the cheese with mashing it or you can leave it after mashing the potatoes then you will grind the cheese at top.

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Layer the meat mixture and mashed potatoes in a casserole dish

Spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the ground beef or mince meat. Rough up the surface of the mashed potatoes with a fork so there are peaks that will get well browned. You can even use a fork to make creative designs in the mashed potatoes and you can add some green pepper on top of the mashed potatoes.
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Bake in oven: Place in a 400°F oven and cook until browned and bubbling, about 30 minutes. If necessary, broil for the last few minutes to help the surface of the mashed potatoes brown.

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ENJOY

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