Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Easy Shepherd's Pie

 I'm blogging in real time!  Usually, I wait until the weekends to organize and edit food photos. Tonight, is an exception. I wanted to share this recipe with you, because it's a family favorite-- and it was on the dinner table less than an hour after I arrived home from work.  I've been making this recipe for at least five years.  Today, we are experiencing heavy rain.  I wanted soup....maybe stew. Then I remembered, that I had thawed some ground lamb  and it was in the refrigerator.  Shepherd's Pie is one of my favorite "comfort casseroles" and this recipes has never failed to please my family. Rachael Ray calls this recipe "30 Minute Shepherd's Pie".  I'm quick with chopping, but this takes about 45 minutes to make. It's super easy, and you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry-- and it's flavorful. I've made some changes to the recipe, which I think improves the flavor.  You start with a combination of ground beef and ground lamb. You can go all beef, or you could go all turkey-- but, to me Shepherd's Pie needs lamb.
PREP WORK: Peel some Russet potatoes, cube them and start to cooking until fork tender.  Start cooking your meat....

Make room for the veggies and saute' them for about five minutes... meanwhile, start the gravy:

Season the meat with kosher salt and pepper. I also add thyme-- a palmful and 2 Tablespoons of tomato paste. Rachael doesn't, but I think it adds a lot more flavor.

I double the gravy by melted 4 Tablespoons butter, 4 Tablespoons flour, 4 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce and 1 1/2 cups beef stock (you can always add more broth later on). Cook until the sauce thickens, and pour it into your meat filling.


If the meat filling is too thick, I add a little more beef stock. Now add some frozen peas. I use a lot--like a cup.  Mix it up and put it into a casserole dish. You can also put these in individual ramekins, would could be fun for company.

Yum.  (I won't say Yum-O)

I love the potatoes! Drain them, add 2 Tablespoons of cream cheese (sour cream works, but cream cheese is our favorite).   I used 1% milk, instead of heavy cream, and they were plenty creamy and flavorful.  I've got enough fat grams going, as it is!  Now add one egg yolks and mix. Adjust seasoning with some salt. Super creamy!  Add the potatoes on top and sprinkle with paprika-- for color. Fire up the broiler and move the rack to the top.

Broil until browned on top-- maybe five minutes, but watch closely!

Garnish with fresh parsley.  Poor a glass of Irish Harp Beer (I wish....) and serve Irish Soda Bread, if desired. A salad, on the side is good, too.  Start the log going in the fireplace...

Watch your loved ones looking anxiously for their serving to be dished....

There's a pub where I live that serves Shepherd's Pie, and I love it. Know what?

This one is just as good!  It's easy to make. After a 10 hour work day, I was able to pull this off and still have time to blog and unwind a bit.  This dish freezes really well, too.  Guess what's in my lunch box for tomorrow?  

If you love lamb, this is a great Shepherd's Pie. I'm gearing up for St. Patrick's Day, by thinking of traditional recipes from across The Pond.  So far, I've made Irish Soda Bread,, and now this family favorite recipe.  I think Colcannon is next, which I love!  To print the recipe, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

It's time to wind down and hit the sack. It's Rise 'N Shine at 5:30am.   Three more days until the weekend. I have so many recipes to blog-- and so little time!

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 I am enjoying and appreciating the rain,






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19 comments:

Debinhawaii said...

I keep thinking I need to make a Shepherd's Pie--I haven't had one in ages. It looks delicious! ;-)

Sook said...

Wow, it must be really amazing if you couldn't wait to post this recipe! :) Looks really fantastic. I've never made my own shepherd's pie. I really need to. Thanks for this inspiration.

À LA GRAHAM said...

Ive never had Shepherds Pie and I think I am going to have to try it...great photos! And thank you so much for not saying yum-o! I watched her today on food network and the catch phrases were over the top.

Lindsey said...

I keep seeing wonderful pictures of shepherd's pie and yours is no exception, excetp you make it look like an easy, weeknight meal! I need to try this before the weather warms up!

Kim said...

The shepherd's pie looks delicious Debby! I like all of your additions and can see how they would heighten the flavor. This sounds like a must make to me and I know my husband would love it.

Joanne of Eats Well With Others is hosting Regional Recipes now and this month they are celebrating Ireland. I thought you might want to consider sending some recipes over since you are posting so many yummy Irish recipes.

ending some of your posts over to her

Bellini Valli said...

Shepherds Pie is one of my all time favourite comfort foods. I always seem to have some waiting for me in the freezer, but this owuld be quick!

Cathy said...

I agree with you about the lamb, Debby. Beef just doesn't have that certain something that makes this wonderful comfort food. What could be better than mashed potatoes on top of a tasty meat and veggie mix.

Kate said...

I made this for the first time this week end! We are so on the same path....

This looks delicious!! I will have to compare...

WizzyTheStick said...

Oh I've had this before. This recipe is one that I have made several times and it is good. You are correct on the time.

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

I love shephard pie... but I like colcannon even more! looking forward to that recipe!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Wouldn't this be great with a pint of dark ale? :-) Looks delicious, and would be SO comforting to have this dish on the table on a weeknight.

Danielle said...

shepherds pie is one of my most favorite casseroles too!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Yum, I love that it is done in less than an hour too - I am like you, I take about twice the time that the recipe estimates. ;-)
Looks really tasty!

Monica H said...

You won't say it and I normally wouldn't, but this time I'll make an exception because I'm hungry and things looks so good. Yum-o!

Love you Deb.

Karen said...

I love lamb in shepherd's pie, too. This does look good!

Robin said...

Debby, what a great blog. I just stumbled onto it today. I love your break down of how to cook what you are cooking.
And I have never had shepherd's pie, but will be making it soon. Thanks!

Me! said...

That looks awesome. Even more impressive you did it in 45 minutes. And had time to blog about it afterwards.

Ingrid said...

This would definitely be a meal that my children would love. I don't know about the lamb but you mentioned ground beef so that's the route I'm going to go.

Thanks for sharing!
~ingrid

Muneeba said...

This is the best looking shepherd's pie I've ever seen! Honest. I'm gonna cut the recipe down a bit, so that it's just enough for me and the hubbs. Then will let you know what he thinks!