|I totally admit to swiping this photo from the Good Housekeeping website.|
The pictures I took of mine made it look like dog food!
Now I know this is one of those dishes that is like Lasagna. Everyone has their own "special" way to make it the best. I'm not going to say this is the "Best Ever Shepherd's Pie", but Ant likes it and that's what really matters around here. (He's the only one that eats it!)
If you have never had it, (I know my mother never cooked this before.) it is essentially a casserole of ground beef seasoned and mixed with veggies with a layer of mashed potatoes and cheese on top. This recipe makes a 9x13 pan that should serve 8 people, but I always half it and use a 9x9 pan.
The last time I made this was during my pregnancy as "reheat food" for after we brought Tiny home. I sectioned the 9x9 into 4 compartments with aluminum foil and then froze them separately when they came out of the oven. Then Ant could just warm it up for dinner without any fuss or dirty dishes. Nothing wrong with that!
2lb. ground beef
2 lb. potatoes peeled and cubed 1"
6 med. carrots halved and sliced
6 celery stalks sliced
1 lg. onion chopped
1 T. veg. oil
1 c. beef broth
1 c. whole milk
1/4 c. tomato paste
1/4 c. flour
1/2 t. thyme
1-1/2 c. shredded cheddar
Preheat oven to 450.
Boil potatoes in a lg pot covered by 1" of salt water until soft. (15-20 min.)
In a Dutch Oven heat oil over med. high heat. Add celery, onion, carrots, and thyme until tender.
Add flour and tomato paste, stirring for 1 min.
Add beef and cook until no longer pink. (drain any excess grease when done)
Add broth. Bring to a boil and let simmer 1 min. then set aside.
Drain potatoes and return to pot. Heat until watter has evaporated and then add milk and 1 cup of cheese.
Mash potatoes until smooth.
Pour the beef filling into the 9x13 and then cover with potatoes.
Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 c. of cheese and bake until browned and bubbly. (20 min.)
I'm almost positive that I added other seasonings along with the thyme, but I honestly can't remember what. I'm really a "just toss this in too" kind of cook. I feel like it could have been garlic. I add that to almost everything! Give it a try and let me know what you think.
#69 - Shepherd's Pie