Dish: Shepherd’s Pie
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Best for: Weeknight dinner – can be made ahead of time & refrigerated
3 lbs of ground beef
2 lbs potatoes
4 cups frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, peas)
4 lbs potatoes
2 sticks of butter (~16 tablespoons)
1 cup of beef broth
2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
Salt & pepper
In a large pot, bring the water to boil on high heat. While waiting for the water to boil, peel & quarter potatoes. When the water is boiled, lower heat to medium and salt the water. Put the potatoes in for roughly 20 minutes. In a large frying pan (I use a wok), melt a stick of butter (~8 tablespoons). While waiting for the butter to melt, chopped the onion. Set the oven to 400F.
Saute the onions in butter over medium heat until tender (~10 minutes). Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, frozen vegetables, and beef broth. Stir well & cook uncovered over low heat for 10 minutes.
Take the potatoes out and put in a bowl. Mash well. Season with the remainder of the butter, salt, and pepper to taste.
Place beef & mixed vegetables mixture on a baking dish. Distribute the mashed potatoes on top & rough the surface with a fork for peaks that will brown nicely. Put in the oven for roughly 30 minutes until the pie bubbles. Set the oven to broil for the last few minutes to get nicely brown peaks.
DO YOU KNOW ...
Shepherd’s pie (or cottage pie) originated in the UK, though like many popular foods, there are different variations of it all over the world. The story was, shepherds back in the days would be given the lambs’ tails whenever the herd owner slaughtered some lambs. The shepherds’ wives, looking for creative ways to serve this cut of meat to their families, minced the meat and seasoned it with cloves, pepper, saffron, mace, and raisins before covering it with mashed potatoes and baking the dish. To make it easier for 21st century families to have this dish, shepherd’s pie can now be made with any kind of meat, the most popular being beef, lamb / mutton, or any leftover roasted meat. The Cumberland pie is a version of shepherd’s pie with a layer of breadcrumb on top.
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