I get nostalgic when fall is around the corner, and I crave for those delicious comfort dishes I used to get in the school cafeteria. Shepherd’s Pie! My parents never made Shepherd’s Pie for us when we were growing up. It was one of those dishes I discovered in my school cafeteria. Reflecting back on those days in my high school lunchroom, when I was first introduced to shepherd’s pie. My mom used to pack me sandwiches for school, not complaining, but I had always wanted a hot lunch instead. Standing in the line-up I took a peek at what was being served that day, mashed potatoes and minced meat filling? Who wouldn’t love creamy mashed potatoes and hearty saucy minced meat filling! I’m in! Now that I’m not in high school now, it’s rare to find this dish served in restaurants. So I decided to make it.
I think that shepherd’s pie was designed to use up leftover roasted meat after a Sunday supper. The leftover meat minced into bits mixed with the bite-sized veggies, and then smothered with gravy, and topped with leftover mash. This recipe will not be the repurposing of leftovers, but made with fresh ingredients that I had in my fridge.
Did you know? Cottage Pie, English Meat Pie, Shepherd’s Pie are different names for a pie or casserole made with minced meat and a crust made from mashed potatoes.
So what you will need is:
2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4 pieces (about a pound)
1/8 tsp nutmeg
210 ml heavy cream, room temperature
salt to taste
Minced Meat Mixture
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 pound ground beef (or your choice of ground meat)
2 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 Teaspoon worcestershire
1 cup beef broth
1 Cup Vegetables, Diced (you can use whatever you have on hand: frozen/fresh)
3 Sprigs of Rosemary
Dash of Paprika
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2. Boil potatoes in salted water for about 15 minutes or until fork tender.
3. Strain and mash the potatoes with a potato masher, food mill, hand mixer or a metal whisk.
4. Gradually add the cream, salt and nutmeg, and mix until the creamy texture is attained.
5. On Medium-high heat the grapeseed oil in the fry pan.
6. Fry the onion for about 5 mins or until translucent and fragrant
7. Add the crushed garlic, fry for about 30 seconds.
8. Add ground beef fry till it is no longer pink, make sure to season with salt and pepper.
9. Add flour and tomato paste and cook for 1 minute to cook the starch.
10. Then add the the broth, vegetables, herbs, and worcestershire. Stir and bring to a simmer for about five minutes. After, scoop out the rosemary and discard.
11. Spread the ground beef mixture on the bottom of a casserole dish.
12. Then top with the mashed potato mixture.
13. Sprinkle with paprika.
Thank you for reading! Hope you enjoyed this recipe. I’d like to see how they turned out! “#sweetrehabkitchen“. If you have any suggestions of what you’d like to see me make next, let me know in the comments below!