Thursday, September 23, 2010

Shepherd's Pie

In the fall I like to make more 'comfort food' dinners.
Something about the cool crisp air, I want warm and comforting meals to serve my family.
Shepherd's pie is a perfect comfort food along side a fresh green salad and bread.
This is my favorite Shepherds pie recipe!
The recipe has a few steps, but it does not take to long to put together. This recipe makes enough for our family of 4 to have leftovers the night night.

Shepherd's Pie

What you need:

For Mashed Potatoes:

2 1/2 lbs peeled diced potatoes

3 Tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1 Cup milk


For Beef Mixture:

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon fresh minced garlic

1 lb ground beef or ground Turkey

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 Cups green beans


For Beef Sauce:

3 Tablespoons butter

3 Tablespoons all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 Cup chicken broth



1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese

How to make:

1. Place peeled and diced potatoes into a large pot of water. Bring to boil and boil for 13-15 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and transfer to the bowl of a stand or electric mixer. Mix in butter, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Slowly add milk until nice and creamy. Keep tasting potatoes to see if you need more seasonings. When done to your liking, set aside for a few minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, beef, salt and pepper; cook until browned. Stir in green beans then reduce heat to low.

3. To prepare sauce, melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper then slowly add in chicken broth until thick and creamy. Add sauce to meat mixture then transfer to bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour mashed potatoes over meat mixture then top with shredded cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted through.

8 servings

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