On days my husband, David, gets off early and can make it home before I do, he cooks. One of my favourite dishes that he makes is Shepherd’s pie. Why? Because it contains potatoes. I LOVE potatoes, whether in the form of mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, roasted potatoes, fries or potato chips. Any kind of potatoes, I LOVE. It’s one thing I can eat everyday and not get tired of. But, I digress. The Shepherd’s pie recipe he follows is actually another “fresh off the press” recipe. I have never attempted this recipe myself. There is no need to since he makes it so well. Why mess with perfection?
Recipe (adapted from Metro News):
- 1 lb (500 g) lean ground beef
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
- 1 celery stick, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) tomato paste
- 1 tsp (5 ml) Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp (5 ml) mixed herbs
- 1 1/3 cups (325 ml) hot beef stock
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) all-purpose flour
- 2 lb (1 kg) potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 6 3/4 tbsp (100 ml) 1% milk, warmed
- 2 tbsp (25 ml) butter
- Heat large, heavy-based pot/pan with a bit of oil until hot, then add ground beef and vegetables; fry, stirring occasionally to break up lumps, until lightly browned all over.
- Meanwhile, stir tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and mixed herbs into stock.
- Sprinkle flour over beef and vegetables.
- Stir stock into ground meat.
- Bring to boil, then reduce heat, cover and cook gently 15 minutes.
- Season to taste.
- Meanwhile, cook potatoes in boiling water until tender. Drain then mash with warmed milk and butter. Season.
- Preheat broiler to medium.
- Spoon meat mixture into large, warm ovenproof dish.
- Spread mashed potatoes over top and fluff with fork.
- Put under broiler to brown lightly and crisp top.
David likes his veggies, so he uses 2 carrots and 4 celery sticks. For the mixed herbs, he uses 2/3 tsp cumin and 1/3 tsp coriander seed. He also uses double the amount of flour to thicken up the sauce more. His final touch? Sprinkle cheese on top of the meat mixture before spreading the mashed potatoes and then sprinkle some more cheese on top of the potatoes. Substitute ground beef with ground turkey for a healthier version.